A number of theorists come under the heading of Psychodynamic Therapy. In particular I have been influenced by the writings and teachings of Donald Winnicot, R.D. Laing, Michael Eigen, Anthony Storr, and John Bowlby . In essence Psychodynamic approaches emphasis the effect of early childhood and the interpersonal relations with significant others on our development of self. Another important aspect of this approach is the identification of defenses that we use to protect ourselves from anxiety and shame.
Attention to the ways in which these processes arise in the present within the therapeutic relationship is a core aspect to the work. Increasing self awareness is seen as an important change process. The therapeutic relationship is important in facilitating awareness through the transference and countertransference between client and therapist. Through empathic attunement the therapist and client create a therapeutic relationship where defenses that interfere with connection to self and others are gradually transformed.
A Psychodynamic approach integrates well with a Somatic Transformation perspective, as both see early childhood experiences as crucial to the patterns and responses to stress over ones life. A focus on the body helps to integrate the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of oneself.