Therapy can help an individual achieve greater understanding of the cause of their difficulties and a better awareness of anxieties and difficult feelings. Early relationships with family members often define the relationship patterns and emotional functioning we have in later life. So, with the help of a psychotherapist, exploring past experiences and relationships can be a useful way of identifying and understanding difficult current behaviour patterns and anxieties. The idea is that with this help, the individual is able to cope better with the difficulties they have been experiencing.

The psychodynamic approach encourages the patient to find new perspectives. Working with your therapist, the individual can understand the ways they usually respond to difficult emotions; reflecting on their conscious thoughts and feelings and  uncovering what may be hidden in the reservoir of feelings in their unconscious mind. This can help to reveal underlying anxieties, of which a person might not be consciously aware.

These links made between past relationships, behaviour patterns and emotional anxieties, can help a person make sense of feelings which had previously felt painful and difficult to cope with.