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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Psychodynamic therapy is the foundation of my practice, it helps clients by exploring their unconscious thoughts, emotions, and past experiences to gain insight into their current behaviors and patterns. Clients are able to uncover and process underlying conflicts and unresolved issues that may be contributing to their difficulties. This increased self-awareness can lead to a deeper understanding of oneself and one's relationships, as well as the development of healthier coping mechanisms.

— Natacha Cesar, Psychotherapist

Many of the clinicians use a psychodynamic and attachment focused lens. While behavioral therapy is helpful (and we do integrate that into treatment), our therapists also help make sense out of our clients' worlds with the idea that early experiences inform and shape how we move through life today. That way, we can process through what's contributing to our symptoms and fueling them to help make meaningful and lasting changes.

— SoCal Individual, Family, & Trauma Therapy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Irvine, CA

Psychodynamic therapy is one of many approaches I use. It looks for patterns in your life that aren't serving you well. Together we'll work to identify these patterns, understand them and help you make conscious changes.

— Ashley Wilkins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

In my practice, I incorporate techniques informed by psychodynamic therapy. This approach explores unconscious processes, childhood experiences, and relational patterns to gain insight into present-day struggles. By examining the root causes of emotional distress, we work collaboratively to foster self-awareness and facilitate healing. Through psychodynamic-informed techniques, I aim to help clients uncover unresolved conflicts, develop insight, and make meaningful changes in their lives.

— Ricky Spain Jr, Clinical Social Worker

I use the core principles of numerous teachings to form an eclectic style of therapy, one that can be altered to fit each individual personality I come across. I work to provide the resources necessary for my clients to understand themselves in a deeper and more profound way.

— Madeleine VanCeylon, Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

I pursued and received specialized training in psychodynamic therapy throughout my doctoral program and use it as the primary modality for working with clients. My own personal psychodynamic approach integrates insights from relational, interpersonal, and object relation theorists with an underlying current of humanistic warmth and positive regard.

— Michael Marossy, Clinical Psychologist in Pasadena, CA

I utilize psychodynamic theory in my practice. Sometimes I worry that just the word of it sounds intense or old school. But in very simple terms all it really means is looking at our relationships and examining patterns of relating and living!

— Courtney Burns, Therapist in Portland, OR

Graduated with a concentration in psychodynamic psychology

— Jessica Ermilio, Addictions Counselor in New York, NY

I take a psychodynamic approach that explores life experiences and the meaning we assign to them in order to help client better understand their inner world. This includes identification and exploration attachment styles, childhood, adolescence, and adult experiences, hopes, dreams, and fears. The benefits of exploring and identifying these things is a better understanding one's self and why they move through life as they do. This creates space for one to make informed and healthy life choices.

— Allison Reifsteck, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL

In psychodynamic therapy, I help you explore the underlying causes of your emotional struggles by delving into your unconscious mind. We'll uncover hidden patterns and unresolved conflicts from your past that influence your current behavior and feelings. Through this process, you’ll gain deeper self-awareness and understanding, allowing you to address the root of your issues. This approach fosters emotional growth, helping you develop healthier relationships and improve your overall well-being.

— AnnMarie Whithed, PsyD, Psychologist

Through the therapeutic journey, it offers the space to feel seen and emotionally held. I utilize a psychodynamic approach that is based in Attachment Theory as our childhood impacts our adulthood relationships. Part of the therapeutic journey is building a trust-based relationship. This is achieved through another perspective developed by Irvin Yalom, utilizing the here-and-now within the therapeutic relationship.

— Naomi Duffy, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

At its core, my graduate program is centered around psychodynamic therapy. We have spent a great deal of time exploring its theories and how to best apply them in the counseling setting.

— Sam Abboud, Therapist in Oak Park, IL

Psychodynamic therapy focuses on how past experiences influence current behavior. It often involves addressing and overcoming past traumas, identifying recurring patterns in relationships, and recognizing emotional conflicts to gain insight into their origins. Developing this self-understanding provides an opportunity to change what isn't working, accept what cannot be changed, and find a new path forward.

— Connor Tindall, Clinical Psychologist in Berkeley, CA

Who are you? Where did you come from? While cognitive and behavioral therapies focus more on where you are now and where you want to go, Psychodynamic therapy digs into our pasts to discover how our early experiences have shaped us and drive us to re-create familiar patterns in our relationships, sometimes healthy and sometimes not.

— Nikki Sewell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ann Arbor, MI

Psychodynamic therapy rests on two core assumptions: past experiences inform present-day functioning, and many of our behaviors are influenced by unconscious motives.

— Andrew Bingman, Clinical Psychologist in Houston, TX

Whenever I think about therapy, I want to know about how early experiences show up in your life today. Sometimes this means that we will look at how representations of important figures in your early life show up in your current relationships. Part of our goal will be to provide experiences - both in therapy and in your life outside of therapy - that help you build new models of relating to people that are more in line with your current life goals.

— Dan Walinsky, Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA

As our work deepens, I shift into noticing more unconscious behaviors, patterns, and dynamics. I stay curious about your past as it informs your present life. I refer to the works of Carl Jung to help inform different ways of viewing and being with feelings as well as how relational interactions impact us. I integrate an engagement with feelings that come up between you and me as we continue our work together to build a trust in our relationship.

— Sean Vazzana, Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA