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 — also known as insight-oriented therapy — focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. The core components of this kind of approach to therapy are self-reflection and self-examination. We will work to increase self-awareness and to understand the influence of past experiences on your present behavior.

— Yaron M. Peer, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

My pre-licensure clinical training has extensively been in Psychodynamic Therapy.

— Nicole Jenkins, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

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

Trained in Psychodynamic therapy, my goal is to help understand how the past influences the present. I believe in the power of insight oriented therapy and understanding our internal experiences helps us to be better able to address what is getting in our way.

— Christine Hurst, Counselor in Kalispell, MT

My theoretical orientation stems from Psychodynamic Theory, where the purpose is to help you identify the root causes of the problems that make it challenging for you to permanently solve them, not just temporarily solve them, as well as to learn to differentiate, which means to tolerate differences in relationships while staying emotionally connected. This sometimes requires us to revisit our family of origin to gain an understanding of how we got from A to B. My goal as a therapist is to facilitate healthy and satisfying relationships, self understanding, spiritual connection, and the process of reaching your full potential. While this can be an extremely challenging task, I am very driven toward facing this challenge as a marriage and family therapist.

— Kathy Hardie-Williams, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Tigard, OR

This form of therapy focuses on achieving insight into unconscious patterns which may be driving thoughts, feelings, and behavioral patterns. The therapeutic relationship between therapist and client is used as an example to show how relationships are being experienced in the client's world outside of therapy. This form of therapy provides safety in practicing skills to resolve conflicts and in gaining deeper understanding of self and relationships with other.

— Madeleine Shaver, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Savannah, GA

Psychodynamic therapy focuses on bringing forth unconscious content that may be causing disruptive influences in your life. By better understanding our inner world, we can be better equipped to deal with the outer world.

— Rebecca M. Rojas, Counselor in Coral Gables, FL

In my work with families, I use a psychodynamic orientation, which strives to understand the “why” behind the behavior. This involves bringing unconscious thoughts, feelings and memories to the surface in order to understand how they might be influencing current behavior. It is very common for parents, for example, to be unaware of how their own unmet childhood needs may be influencing their current role as a parent. In addition, it is equally important to seek understanding behind the misbehavior of children, in order to better meet their needs. Understanding alone, however, does not create behavior change. Yet, change is more likely to occur and be sustained when there is insight.

— S. Abigail McCarrel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arcadia, CA

I enjoy incorporating "talk" therapy and psychodynamic therapy because I understand that where we came from shapes who we are and how we see our environment. It's important for the therapeutic process because it helps me gain more access into who the client is.

— Samira Soroory, Counselor in Irvine, CA

It's important to understand how past experiences (e.g. seeing parents resolve conflicts, receiving affection, being disappointed) influence the roles we take on in relationships and our expectations of others. Sometimes we get stuck in relationship patterns based on roles we took on in the past (caregiver, problem child) that were once adaptive but now get in the way of having the types of relationships we want. I can help you recognize/break these patterns to achieve a more fulfilling life.

— Alexis Lopez, Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

I have studied and received consultation on psychodynamic therapy throughout my career. Most people who seek therapy have at least some blind spots regarding how they contribute to their own difficulties. In my experience, psychodynamic therapy is best suited to help people decrease these and improve their relationships and lives.

— Jill Pressley, Counselor in Austin, TX

In 2011, I completed a year-long certificate program in Psychodynamic Therapy at the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute. I have continued to enhance my practice with continuing education that centers psychoanalytic principles.

— Jennifer Collins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pasadena, CA

Psychodynamic therapy helps us understand how our life experiences impact our current behavior and relationships. Often we are unaware of how early experiences have contributed to our sense of self or relationship patterns.

— Sage Grazer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

With a focus on attachment and how our early experiences impact our current life, psychodynamic therapy allows us to get to the root of the challenge you are facing. The focus here is holistic as we explore relational patterns, fears based on connection with ourselves and others, and how our past has shaped our daily interactions. This type of therapy allows a deeper view into your experience and encourages an understanding of the origins of our belief systems that shape our reality.

— Marissa Brun, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Boulder, CO

Psychodynamic therapy focuses on understanding our psychological and emotional processes, prioritizes exploration of our unconscious and shifting the unconscious to the conscious to alleviate tension and internal conflict. Through this modality, client will increase self-awareness and understanding of the influence their past has on their present.

— Gender & Sexuality Therapy Center, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in new york, NY

I'm experienced in a variety of theoretical models including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and person-centered/existential models of change. This allows me to assess and treat each client as a whole, utilizing the best combination of therapeutic orientations for his or her needs.

— Mary Gay, Licensed Professional Counselor in Roswell, GA

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a treatment modality that allows the client and therapist to explore circumstances of the past that may have resulted in struggles of today. Additionally, the intricacies of interpersonal relationships are reviewed, as well the clients biological, psychological and social aspects to their difficulty. The client develops an understanding of the internal or external obstacles to their goals, recognizes them this results in a change. Recent studies of neuroplasticity suggest that as these changes occur small changes in the brain transpire.

— Karen Chambre, Counselor

In psychodynamic therapy, early relationships have a profound impact on how we relate to others and ourselves. Until the destructive patterns of the past are discerningly remembered and emotionally re-experienced to be put into a new perspective, patients will continue to repeat such patterns. As they are recognized, patients can understand the ways in which they avoid distress and utilize defense mechanisms to cope. The therapeutic process is about learning to engage with the truth about who we are and developing a deeper understanding about our flaws, vulnerabilities, and conflicts. The main focus of therapy is to express feelings while also learning to tolerate a wider range of emotions. Ultimately, this helps increase self-esteem and confidence.

— Sweta Venkataramanan, Counselor in New York, NY

I draw from a variety of psychodynamic schools and principles. Together, we will explore and process what is deeply affecting, undermining, or otherwise blocking you. Whether we like it or not, an understanding of our past family of origin DOES play a role in who we are. As insights are gained, you can look to consciously deal with certain destructive or dysfunctional patterns. I look to help you put new systems in place (better than goals) that will help you manage your life.

— Sandy Marsh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I approach the work of psychotherapy from a relational psychodynamic framework. Rather than treating symptoms alone, this approach focuses on uncovering & alleviating their root cause. Though symptoms are often seen as the “problem," they are actually a manifestation of something happening on a deeper level. They indicate that something within us needs to be attended to. When treatment fails to delve beneath the surface, symptoms tend to recur & we can end up stuck in an endless cycle.

— Katie Flach, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

Psychodynamic Therapy is a form of psychotherapy focused on exploring the depths of your psychology to reveal unconscious material in your psyche to alleviate psychic tension. This is a highly reflective and insight oriented approach.

— Brenda Cordova, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Stockton, CA

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— Lisa Rogers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in New York, NY

My psychodynamic approach will help you be more in tune with your challenging emotions that cause distress or lead to challenges in relationships. Focus is on unearthing patterns of behavior, past hurts, wounds or trauma that might contribute to the current challenges. Through processing these past issues and gaining insight into historical defense or coping mechanisms that aren't valid any longer, clients live a more preferred life with healthier relationships and coping mechanisms.

— Vickie Wagner, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA