A More In-Depth Look
Here is an overview of the main concepts, language, and tools that a
psychodynamic therapist will use in therapy:
Reenactment- recreating the same experience to process the emotions
that were frozen in place. "The abused becomes the abuser."
Intergenerational trauma- trauma passed down from generations through
the same micro-expressions, toxic dynamics, and reenactments.
Trauma- frozen emotions because the person was unable or unwilling to
process it because it was too intense or too complex or nuanced
Receptivity- to allow the client to put anything on the table and to
absorb it in a way that makes them feel heard and respected.
Holding space- is the result of receptivity. This is when the
therapist tries to make the client feel understood and accepted so
that the client can absorb their entire identity, including his
Idealization- works in transference dynamic. To play a motherly role
and at least to some degree, think that a child's drawing looks like
the work of Picasso.
Dream analysis- the road to the unconscious through some universal
symbols but primarily through subjective symbols and connecting it
with the whole picture of the client's thoughts, feelings, past, etc.
Personality testing- inkblot test, TAT, etc. – more ways to access the
Healing vs. symptoms- symptoms communicate a deeper problem. We try to
understand, respect, and process the underlying emotion, trauma, etc.
it is important to keep in mind that we are not eliminating these
parts of ourselves, and since they stuck around, they must still be
Triggers vs. unprocessed energies- triggers are not to be eliminated
or avoided but understood, and opportunities to understand ourselves
in a deeper way. The same idea is true for processed and unprocessed
energies that the triggers are tapping in to.
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