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.

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I have training and practice background in psychodynamic therapy, having studied psychodynamic therapy and received supervision in psychodynamic therapy while practicing with adults, youth and families at an outpatient level of care.

— Isabel Ball, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Gilbert, AZ

Modern Psychodynamic approaches take in the developmental history and context of each person's life up to this moment. Understanding the self can lend information about conscious and unconscious motivations for thoughts, feelings, and behaviors manifested in the present. This approach can help you understand your patterns, develop awareness, and set the course for change in your life.

— Tera Lensegrav-Benson, Psychologist in , UT

I have been trained eclectically, but also have an extensive background in psychoanalytical and psychodynamic approaches to psychotherapy, especially those that engage the relational dimensions of the process as a focus. Some of my training in this area includes: (1) Participation in a year-long practicum drawing on self-psychology at the Pierce Street Counseling Center, (2) Participation in a two year-long Intensive Study Groups offered by the Northern California Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology, (3) Weekly relationally-oriented group consultation with analyst, Cindy Sachs since 2014, (4) Bi-weekly participation for 10 years in a psychoanalytically-oriented consultation group facilitated by Dr. Robert Carrere, a training analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, drawing from the principles and theories of Modern Psychoanalysis and (5) Completion of a two-year program in supervision at The Psychotherapy Institute.

— Rawna Romero, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Alameda, CA

Through this collaborative approach, I encourage the exploration of past and present emotions, beliefs, experiences, and behaviors and work with you to develop a deeper understanding of your early life experiences. Through this process, I believe individuals are able to develop meaningful insight into themselves and their lives.

— Carrie Rutman, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in West Hollywood, CA

Psychodynamic therapy focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifested in a person's present behavior. The goals of this type of therapy are client self-awareness and an understanding of the influence of the past on their present behavior. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are, acknowledgment of emotions, identifying patterns, improving interpersonal relationships and recognizing and addressing avoidance.

— Lindsay Dornier, Clinical Social Worker in The Woodlands, TX

Psychodynamic therapy is an in-depth form of talk therapy. I use psychodynamic therapy to help clients connect recurring emotional themes and patterns. Psychodynamic therapy involves discussing past experiences and how they impact current stressors. I believe the therapeutic alliance is of utmost importance in all modalities of treatment, but especially in psychodynamic therapy.

— Lauren Rubino, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hoboken, NJ

I have trained in Control-Mastery Theory and use psychodynamic principles to better understand and explore the course of events that have contributed to a person's struggles. In Control-Mastery Theory, the therapeutic relationship is one that can be curative for past traumas.

— Jaime Larson, Clinical Psychologist

My training at Pacifica Graduate Institute, as well as my personal experience as a client of psychodynamic therapy for the last 15 years, informs my use of the psychodynamic framework with clients. I view the basic clams of the psychodynamic tradition--including claims about the unconscious, transference, attachment, and childhood experience-- to be essential principles for ethical and effective psychotherapeutic work.

— Jesse McIntosh, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Psychodynamic therapy allows us to dive deeply into your subconscious and your inner child through a deep talk therapy. I do plenty of psychoanalytic, free associations, shadow work, archetypical work. During the session I address a wide range of psychological and emotional issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, personality disorders, and more. I also include in it post-modern interventions.

— Marwan El Khoury, Counselor in Newton, MA

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is an exploratory and insight-oriented form of therapy, which focuses on the role of unconscious processes as they are manifested in a person’s present behaviors. Goals of this therapy include working through unresolved conflict by gaining new understanding and by developing new healthier behavioral patterns. Dr. Kharazi will integrate psychodynamic psychotherapy into treatment after a consultation to determine the most effective way to treat each person.

— Payam Kharazi, Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA

I have a Certificate in Adult Psychoanalysis and have read extensively in the psychoanalytic literature, and use my studies to inform my clients' treatment plans.

— Amy Bruce, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

As a therapist, I use psychodynamic therapy techniques to uncover how past experiences are impacting present behaviors. We all learn from our experiences, however, sometimes the way we have learned to cope with certain situations is not always the most effective in new situations. By increasing self-awareness of how our past is influencing our present, we can begin to make successful changes to help us grow and manage our lives in new ways.

— Elena Lucanie, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hoboken, NJ

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

In psychodynamic therapy, we look at the past -- at your earliest experiences and relationships and understand how they formed a model for your later life. By understanding your early experiences, you can free yourself to make different choices now. You can expect us to explore together with an open mind and new questions in order to make space for cha

— Erica Mahoney, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

We explore your childhood, your parent's parenting style, your relationship with your parents, and what you needed from your parents but may not have gotten. We use our relationship to correct past emotional experiences that have made a negative impact on you as an adult.

— Sarah Lauterbach, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Carmel By The Sea, CA