What is the psychodynamic approach?

When starting psychotherapy or counselling there are many styles and modalities available, each of which works in its own way. While certain types of therapy can be considered more suitable for particular issues, often the determining factor is personal preference. Psychodynamic psychotherapeutic counselling has a distinct focus on events which have troubled us in the past, although we might not have awareness of them, and continue to trouble us in the present often through repeated patterns. 

There might not be any defined areas of concern for clients, and issues can be deep-seated; however, the therapeutic relationship aims to bring these aspects into consciousness in a manageable way so that they may be worked through safely. While psychodynamic psychotherapeutic counselling is often open-ended and can span several years, short courses of six months or less have also shown to be effective.