The long-term nature of psychodynamic therapy lends itself especially well to the treatment of depression. A skilled therapist can be of particular use in helping depressed patients articulate their inner experiences and come to recognize what is holding them back from a more rewarding life. Successfully navigating a way out of a depressed habit of mind takes careful and sensitive attention on the part of the therapist and a commitment of both parties to give this vital process due time.
Each patient’s psychological hurdles are unique to their circumstances and nature. Part of how psychodynamic therapy works is by making it possible for patients to reveal their own unique story to themselves. Finding meaning and understanding does not only bring hope and relief, it also fosters a stronger and more solid sense of self. The motivation for going through this complex but ultimately rewarding process is that the more deeply one gets to know and embrace oneself, the greater becomes the freedom and ability to change the course of one’s relationships and life in a positive way. And this is the goal of psychodynamic therapy for patients who struggle with depression: in a safe, supportive environment, helping them break out of repetitive patterns of thought and behavior that can limit their availability in key relationships, thereby enabling them to live the full and connected lives we all deserve.