Recommended therapists:

We offer 2 different types of psychodynamic psychotherapy:

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)

DIT is a time-limited psychodynamic therapy over 16 sessions and is helpful for those who find that their emotional issues and problems with mood seem to be related to their relationships. The way that we think, feel and behave towards others often stems from how we experienced others as a child. Sometimes we can develop unhelpful tendencies in our current relationships as a result of those early experiences. You might find that you don’t really understand what is going wrong and why or how patterns seem to repeat themselves.

DIT works by creating a collaborative effort to understand where
difficulties may have arisen and creating goals for change. This style of
therapy differs from traditional psychodynamic therapy, being more focused and with the therapist being more active in the therapy room.

Traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)

This type of talking therapy is a longer term therapy, undertaken once or twice weekly, that aims to help people with psychological issues. It helps a client to understand and change complex, deep-seated, and often unconsciously based, emotional and relationship problems by reducing symptoms and alleviating distress.

The relationship with the therapist is a crucial element in the therapy. The therapist offers a confidential and private setting which facilitates a process where unconscious patterns of the patient’s inner world becomes reflected in the patient’s relationship with the therapist (transference). This process helps patients to gradually identify these patterns and, in becoming conscious of them, to develop the capacity to understand and change them. In order for this process to unfold, you’ll find that the therapist will be relatively quiet and contemplative in the room, allowing for free association and non directed expression.

Whether short or longer term psychodynamic psychotherapy is the treatment of choice for a particular individual depends on a variety of factors; the nature of your difficulties, the suitability of the therapy for you and the potential for us to develop a therapeutic alliance.

We would ask you to attend 2 assessment sessions. This will enable you and your therapist to think together about whether they may be of benefit to you and which approach would be most suitable, before moving on to a course of treatment.

British Psychoanalytic Council logo

For more information on psychodynamic psychotherapy, please contact Anna, our qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist by emailing