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 post-graduate training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. I think it can be important to trace our patterns of relating to others and to ourselves back to where they began, as a way to both deeply understand ourselves and also to have relationships and lives that are freer, more satisfying, and more authentic.

— Patrick Grugan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA

I believe that life experiences and the meaning that we both consciously and unconsciously assign to them can be explored in therapy to help clients live a life that is intentional and grounded. This includes identification and exploration of attachment styles, childhood and adolescent experiences, dreams, fears, and hopes.

— Allison Jensen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL

I received training in psychodynamic therapy at Rose City Center during my time as an associate. This is an insight-oriented approach that helps you gain higher levels of self-awareness. Although I incorporate many theoretical approaches with each client I see, my work is rooted in psychodynamic therapy.

— Cyla Fisk, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Psychodynamic therapy can help people improve their quality of life by helping them gain a better understanding of the way they think and feel. The idea is that this will improve their ability to make choices, relate to others, and forge the kind of life they would like to live.

— Whitney Russell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver,

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

My graduate studies specialized in various psychodynamic therapist, of which I practice Relational Psychodynamic Therapy. Using this style, I use motivational interviewing to explore past experiences and bring insight to how those past experiences impact your present. We'll also bring focus to our relationship and navigate the emotional issues that arise in the here-and-now.

— Justus Pascual, Counselor

Psychodynamic therapy is the place where I most naturally practice and think about people in all our complexities. Looking at the deeper processes that are at work in all of us, exploring how our past relationships and experiences have influenced us, recognizing projection and defenses at work - these are all concepts that I find tremendously helpful in seeing where we get "stuck" and offering paths and insights into how to move forward.

— Kirsti Reeve, Licensed Professional Counselor in Ferndale, MI

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 am a member of the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study, where I have completed additional training in self-psychology, relational psychodynamic theory, and other psychodynamic therapies. I also participate in a mentorship group that is psychodynamically oriented.

— Chanel Brown, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate

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

Psychodynamic therapy delves into, under, and through your ego, and self to help you make sense of those things that have bothered you for so long. This approach helps you to better understand who you are. It is the process, through talking, that makes the experience fascinating, enlightening, and sometimes fun.

— MORANT CLINICAL SERVICES GROUP PRACTICE, Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

Psychodynamic therapy can help clients to see the impact of earlier life experiences on their patterns of relating with the self, others, and the world. This can be particularly helpful when clients are wanting to modify certain patterns that they identify as potentially maladaptive or harmful to current relationships.

— Erin Blasdel-Gebelin, Clinical Psychologist in New York, NY

Our experiences of the past, whether good or bad, inform who and where we are today. I use psychodynamic therapy to explore life experiences and how they have influenced perspective and behaviors. Through this lens, I help others understand their past and how it is impacts current functioning and future orientations.

— Emma Harger, Social Worker in New York, NY

I utilize a Psychodynamic approach alongside CBT to support in gaining an understanding of cause and effect, in which building a conscious awareness of the dynamic in which we function serves to grow a better understanding of our life journey, as well as life experiences. This provides an opportunity for more in-depth growth within therapy.

— Lauren Bryan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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