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

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

Why psychodynamic/analytic therapy? The here and now psychotherapy relationship opens a stunning window into past, present, and future; into the deep wisdom of the unconscious; and into a creative flexibility that brings more and more wholesomeness, freedom, intimacy, and flourishing of the soul. I have doctoral and postdoctoral training in various contemporary analytic approaches, and I practice from a liberatory, feminist, relational stance.

— Aleisa Myles, Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA

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

After seeing the limitations of CBT, I had to reach into the psychodynamic literature, particularly Klein, Winnicott and Horney to develop a fusion therapy.

— Etan Ben-Ami, Clinical Social Worker

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

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

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

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

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

My Master's program was psychodynamically oriented, and the bulk of my graduate training is in this theory.

— Kelly Pierce, Counselor in Atlanta, GA

I am psychodynamically oriented in my approach, as this approach places importance on the factors that shaped the individual. Particularly, the development of self during childhood and the lessons that our family of origin or primary caregivers gave us. The patterns from childhood of boundary setting, ability to be assertive, identifying needs, and level of comfort with intimacy continue to impact the present. Identifying these patterns allows us to set new patterns that serve us as adults.

— Jan Tate, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mebane, NC