Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy is a therapeutic treatment that primarily focuses on the interpretation of mental and emotional processes. It shares much in common with psychoanalysis and is often considered a simpler, less time consuming alternative. Like psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy seeks to reveal the unconscious content of a client's psyche in an effort to alleviate psychic tension. Psychodynamic therapy increases a client’s self-awareness and grows their understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior. It allows clients to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past experiences and explore how they are manifesting themselves in current behaviors, such as the need and desire to abuse substances. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s psychodynamic therapy experts today.

Meet the specialists

Psychodynamic therapy is a type of therapy that looks for patterns that aren't serving you well. We'll look for patterns in your relationships, patterns within your family, and even patterns during therapy which can give us insight about what's happening. I recently completed a postgraduate fellowship at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (the largest psychoanalytic institute in the US) to better understand the complicated dynamics that inform all our lives.

— Jon Reeves, Clinical Psychologist in Seattle, WA

Your mind is complex and it is worth being curious about. Genuine change takes place within sincere relationships. Psychodynamic therapy helps people be able to use their willpower in ways that are productive. It also helps them learn from ways they try to help themselves that actually lead to more pain and frustration. It is supportive, honest, engaged, active, and oftentimes scary yet freeing. Research has repeatedly demonstrated it is the therapy of choice for people that want to reduce their symptoms in a lasting way.

— Reid Kessler, Psychologist in Encinitas, CA

Insight can be a powerful conduit for gaining self-awareness of more unconscious, hidden parts of the self. Although behavior in and of itself can be an effective focus on therapy; it is not the only focus.

— Brittney George, Licensed Professional Counselor in , VA

Music psychotherapy utilizes concepts from Jungian theory as well as attachment and client centered approaches. What is underneath your behavior patterns? What keep cropping up despite your very smart intellectual understanding of your past? "We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses." Carl Jung

— Toby Williams, Creative Art Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

I believe in the importance of how we were brought up including the circumstances of our family in the broader social context as an important influence in how we are in our current lives. When I was in training in the 1970's this was the standard treatment approach.

— Karin Wandrei, Clinical Social Worker in Rohnert Park, CA

By examining past experiences and seeing how they connect to the present, you can become more here-and-now focused and no longer be stuck in the past. Talk therapy that includes the past has been found to be extremely beneficial for many issues.

— Patrick Tully, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Why is it so hard to feel good in our daily lives, even when nothing particularly bad is happening to us? Why do some situations fill us with dread? Why are we so hard on ourselves? Psychodynamic therapy is an unparalleled evidence-based treatment that helps us explore where our painful thoughts and feelings are coming from. It supports us to look at things we have been taught to avoid that are making us feel unwell. It leads to freedom.

— Tracy Bryce Farmer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

I am a classically trained therapist and I specialize in psychodynamic theory. Psychodynamic theory was a focus of mine all through graduate school and I use this theory as a lens into understanding where behaviors, unhealthy and healthy, start from and how they have been reinforced through your lifetime. With a clear understanding of where you come from we can work together to unravel rooted behavior.

— Jeff Guenther, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Graduating from a psychodynamic program at Northwestern University, I have learned the ins and outs of how to counsel from a psychodynamic perspective. I am well acquainted with all the aspects of identity and how these, along with unconscious desires, come together to form who we are and how we interact with the world around us. We will use this information, along with other tools and techniques, to move forward making the necessary changes to live the life you desire.

— Andrea Rose, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

I believe in treating the client as a whole, and considering how their past experiences may impact their present level of functioning and future goals. Insight and understanding of yourself can greatly impact the choices you make, as well as your view of the society in which we live. I hope for you to become the best, "you," that you want to become. Life can be a complicated journey, but surrounding yourself with positive peers and healthy ways of living can help ease the challenging times.

— Keith Elias -Shetland Counseling, LLC, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Parsippany, NJ

In a nutshell, your mind knows what you need to talk about. It knows what needs to be brought from unconscious to conscious. You are in charge, and whatever comes to mind when we are together is relevant, even if it's not obvious why. Over time, paying attention to what comes up and the patterns that emerge is what allows for change.

— Bronwyn Shiffer, Clinical Social Worker in Madison, WI

The psychodynamic model of therapy is the basis for all forms of psychotherapy and includes psychosocial development as well as allowing for the inclusion of other approaches.

— Jacqueline Burnett-Brown, Marriage & Family Therapist

Psychodynamic psychotherapy Is a modality of "talk therapy" that will help you access the roots of your inner conflicts. Sometimes these conflicts manifest as sadness, anger, or anxiety. At other times, the conflicts reveal themselves through personal and relational patterns that you keep repeating again and again. Psychodynamic psychotherapy requires we meet once or twice a week.

— Edgard Francisco Danielsen, Psychoanalyst in New York, NY

Modern Psychodynamic Therapy gets a bad rep but I learned the importance and grace of this type of therapy from a past Supervisor. I use Psychodynamic tenets with clients often, specifically the strength of the therapeutic relationship and how reflection on the past can help us heal for the future.

— Jennifer Kulka, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

I believe each of us is like an iceberg. Most of our psyche is hidden. I believe psychotherapy can help each of us see more of ourselves, and help us make more conscious choices.

— LAKink Shrink, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA