Psychodynamic therapy aims to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness via the therapeutic relationship. This means you’ll review your thoughts, emotions and belief systems, be able to make sense of recurring patterns, discover ways you avoid painful feelings and learn how early-life memories have built up defence mechanisms (such as denial, repression and projections) over the years, as a way to help you ‘get through’ things. You’ll be attracted to this type of therapy if you feel you have long-term issues relating to your past and want to get to the root of the problem. Whilst you need be committed to what could potentially be a lengthy process, you’ll also develop positive strategies that can create long-lasting changes to your life. This type of therapy is successful in treating problems such as depression, anger, social isolation and anxiety.