This is the second installment in my video series about what to expect in psychodynamic psychotherapy, focusing on what happens during the early weeks. In addition to developing a deeper understanding of the client’s past and current emotional issues, these sessions involve a fair amount of education about the process itself: how it’s the job of the psychotherapist to make the unconscious conscious; encouraging clients to begin thinking of themselves as a collection of parts, more or less like distinct individuals cohabiting and relating to one another; and explaining what kind of change is possible and how it occurs.
Following the advice given in one of the comments to my last video, I bought myself a clip-on mike, so the sound is much better now. There’s still an occasional glint of reflected light in my glasses … I’ll get all the kinks worked out eventually. I’m enjoying this new mode of “just talking” a lot more, and surprisingly, getting something that I like in only two takes (I had to abort the first one in the middle because a gnat kept flying into my eyes). Next video will be about the early phases of the transference.