An evidence-based intervention is often the best way to treat eating disorders. If clients had trouble finding recovery in the past, then it might be time to try out psychodynamic therapy. Take an in-depth look at psychodynamic therapy, its benefits, and how it can fit into a collaborative program at Magnolia Creek.

Learning to Recognize Patterns

A girl cries during a session of psychodynamic therapyIn psychodynamic therapy, therapists will work with clients to try and find patterns in their behaviors or thoughts. If clients can hone in on those patterns, they might realize that they have been around since puberty or even childhood. This can reveal some of the causes of these patterns.

Some women, for example, may feel uncomfortable eating in front of others. This might stem from something as small as a hurtful phrase or a look from a parent in adolescence. Alternatively, a client might remember disordered eating that started from a young age. That might stem from long-standing mental health issues, or it could come from a history of trauma.

Unfortunately, many clients aren’t able to recognize that their patterns of behavior aren’t new. Through this form of therapy, it is easier to identify the start of it all, which can provide insight into the origins of the behaviors and how to end them once and for all.

Revealing Defense Mechanisms

Psychodynamic therapy can be an effective way of revealing a person’s defense mechanisms. Defense mechanisms are thoughts, behaviors, or actions that allow clients to keep painful or difficult memories locked away. Sometimes, clients do this subconsciously. That means even the clients don’t realize that they are displaying defense mechanisms in the first place, making them that much harder to break down.

One common defense mechanism is denial. Women may sometimes argue that they don’t have an eating disorder and that they are the victims of overzealous worriers. Another common defense mechanism is rationalization. Women might say that because of something that happened in the past, their current behavior is logical.

Once you identify these defense mechanisms, they become less effective. This means that it is easier to confront the true issue, rather than hiding behind your defenses.

Freeform Therapy Sessions

Psychodynamic therapy is different from other forms of therapy in a number of key ways. Perhaps most importantly, it doesn’t follow a set schedule. Sessions typically last for one hour, but beyond that, it is a freeform session.

This means that clients can direct the conversation where they think it needs to go. If a subject gains traction, and the therapist feels like it is beneficial, then it can become the main topic for the entire session. Clients can also feel like they are more in control of the conversation, and they can bring up issues that matter to them. Without a set schedule, there is a lot more flexibility for both therapist and client.

Exposing Pain Points and Vulnerability

One of the hardest things for clients to do in recovery is open up and expose their vulnerabilities. Many women, especially those struggling with eating disorders, work hard to appear strong, confident, and in control at all times. However, a big part of the healing process is letting that guard down and admitting the pain or hurt you feel.

By becoming vulnerable, even in secluded therapy sessions, clients will be better able to heal. This evidence based treatment for eating disorders allows women to open up without fear of judgment or shame. It gives women confidence and is a big element on the road to recovery.

Supplementing Psychodynamic Therapy at Magnolia Creek

Psychodynamic therapy can be a critical part of recovery. Women with eating disorders will have a chance to meet one-on-one with a trained therapist and make real progress thanks to psychodynamic therapy. In addition to psychodynamic therapy, at Magnolia Creek, women can expect all of the following:

Psychodynamic therapy can set the tone for lifelong healing. At Magnolia Creek in Columbiana, Alabama, clients can find the supportive, healing environment they deserve for recovery. Call 866-318-2329 to learn more about your path to health, happiness, and a fulfilling life.