At the heart of our work at HDS is psychodynamic theory.  You can read more about our definition of the psychodynamic approach on our website by clicking here.    

Psychotherapy is a type of therapy used to treat emotional problems and mental health conditions.  Read more about the NHS definition of psychotherapy, the role of psychotherapists and how treatment works on the NHS Inform website by clicking here. (

At HDS, we believe that psychodynamic approaches, in contrast to many other types of help, support individuals to go beyond self knowledge which is consciously available to them, and supports these individuals to address difficult and painful issues which they have been (unconsciously) hiding from themselves.

Treatments and interventions for mental ill health come in many different forms. Most have a conventionally scientific approach to problem solving. They have a tendency to objectify the problem to be solved and respond according to what type of problem it turns out to be. The goal of most of these treatments is relief from psychological pain. These are the types of help most commonly available through the NHS. They do work, but not for everyone, and sometimes the benefits are only temporary.

Psychodynamic approaches are different. They have a very different focus and way of helping an individual. Firstly there is a recognition that we are all different and the uniqueness of the individual seeking help is the starting point for therapy. Secondly the ongoing focus through therapy is the unique subjective experience and sense of self of the individual. Thirdly, the goal is enhanced self knowledge; and long term healing and personal growth.     

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