Psychodynamic therapy in our rehab for addiction traces its heritage back to the origins of psychoanalysis developed by Dr. Sigmund Freud at the dawn of the field of talk therapy. In a nutshell, psychodynamic therapy reaches into both the subconscious, and the unconscious, and attempts to address the underlying issues that may be at the very heart of an individual’s thought processes and behaviors.
However, please don’t be intimidated at the very prospect of this endeavor. This is not some strange type of hypnosis, you will not lose control or be manipulated. There is nothing to fear with psychodynamic therapy. Discovering some of our semi-conscious injuries/defense mechanisms/interpretations/behaviors, is actually an enlightening and empowering process for addicts. It’s kind of like reading the blueprints or instruction manuals on how we actually work. It’s both fascinating and energizing at the same time.
The only weakness in this particular type of theoretical orientation is it is particularly dependent upon the training and talent of the practitioner who implements it. This is not just the science and craft of clinical work in an addiction treatment center, it is actually the art of therapy with addicts itself. This is why our rehab clinicians have attended years of graduate school, internships, and years of clinical practice to become truly gifted in this type of work. This is a very advanced leveled mental health professional, and we are extremely proud to offer this level of treatment.
So, don’t be scared! Having the courage to participate in this level of insight automatically makes you a member of a very small club of humanity that has had the humility to truly look at themselves in an in-depth manner. We have never had a client regret participating in this type of work at our treatment center.