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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Childhood Trauma Survivors

Updated: Nov 23, 2023

Childhood experiences shape our adult lives in profound ways. Both positive and negative experiences influence our emotions, relationships, and behaviours. Though negative life experience is part and parcel of life, trauma is damaging and leave a negative impact that continues to adulthood. According to the research by the International Society of Traumatic Stress Society (ISTSS), the survivors of childhood trauma often grow up with constant struggles with anxiety, shame, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, grief, sadness and anger.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a type of psychotherapy that provides an understanding of the way childhood wounds impact everyday life. It is a therapeutic approach rooted in the belief that unconscious thoughts and feelings significantly affect individuals' behaviours and emotions. This therapy delves deep into the subconscious to unearth unresolved conflicts, often stemming from childhood experiences. By shedding light on these hidden aspects of the psyche, psychodynamic therapy aims to bring about profound and lasting change. Counsellors using Psychodynamic Psychotherapy work with their clients to process the wounds from childhood trauma and identify the path toward healing these deep-seated wounds.

Unresolved childhood trauma can manifest in various ways, from anxiety and depression to difficulty forming healthy relationships and self-destructive behaviours. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Counsellor works with the individual survivors of childhood trauma to:

  • Identify unhealthy patterns: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Counsellors work with individuals to identify negative patterns in their lives, such as repeatedly choosing unhealthy relationships or engaging in self-sabotaging behaviours and tracing their roots to their childhood experiences. Learning the root cause and identifying the patterns helps individuals with a history of childhood trauma explore and reorganise their attachment styles to cope with their current situation.

  • Understanding emotions: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Counsellors provide a safe space for individuals to process their emotional pains. Releasing the pain during the sessions opens pathways for healing and freedom from their adverse childhood experiences.

  • Improving relationships: Psychodynamic therapy places a significant emphasis on examining one's relationships with others. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy counsellors collaborate with individuals to gain insight into their typical responses to others and the needs underlying those responses.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy aims to seek relief from distressing and unhelpful symptoms and to develop and strengthen inner resources and capacities to improve the overall quality of life. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy has been effectively helping Childhood Trauma Survivors for many years, and its theories provide the foundation for many of the newest trauma psychotherapies.

Restoring Peace is a private mental health centre which provides counselling and psychotherapy services for mental health and relationship challenges. Our counsellors and psychotherapists work with children, adolescents, youths and adult individuals, couples and groups facing anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem, PTSD, trauma, and other life difficulties. For more information, please visit or WhatsApp at +65 8889 1848. For periodic updates, we invite you to join our telegram group:

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Keywords: trauma, childhood, psychodynamic, therapy, mental wellbeing, emotional wellbeing, healing, wounds, counselling


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