The term 'Psychodynamic' is used to describe the psychological energy and characteristics of the human mind and has over the years been applied to a wide range of therapeutic approaches.

The term 'Counselling' implies, in its modern usage, a task which incorporates a range of skills, from listening to enabling change, and from empathic understanding to active participation in facilitating insight.

In the past, counselling was designed to address problems which the individual was unable to live with or resolve without help. This entailed a series of meetings between counsellor and client during which they would focus on a specific difficulty. This approach relied heavily on the client's ability to verbalise confusion and distress and require the counsellor to focus primarily on the conscious material provided.

Over the years, as learning and collective experience increased, a new awareness began to emerge. The indications were that whilst many people could be helped by receiving appropriate attention and regard, a substantial number of these were helped only in the short term. This suggested the depth and efficacy of the work of the counsellor was conditioned by the inability to address the deeper layers of the human psyche which was, until recently, regarded as the province of psychoanalysis