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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The relationship between the therapist is important for change and I utilize this therapy with every client I work with.

— Mary Ann Wertz, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

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

Psychodynamic therapy answers the why behind what we do. It tied past events and subconscious constructs into present behavior and patterns. There is a reason for everything.

— Kathryn Krug, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santee, CA

Compared to psychoanalytic psychotherapy, psychodynamic therapy tends to shorter term and focuses on specific areas or problems. That said, there is a great deal of overlap in both theory and practice between these two therapeutic orientations.

— Vuthy Ou, Clinical Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA

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

Psychodynamic therapy helps you look at patterns in your relationships with others, including past and present history, and examine how to shift those patterns to help you achieve your goals.

— Kristofer Joondeph-Breidbart, Psychiatrist in Somerville, MA

I will help you explore the foundations of psychological patterns of behavior and emotional reactions. This can help you understand why you are who you are and give you options that you previously felt were unavailable to you.

— Mitchel Eisenstein, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in East Setauket, NY

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 offers that much of what influences our decisions and relationships exists outside of our day to day awareness - the unconscious. Our work is to bring the unconscious into consciousness. As the poet David Whyte says, we must learn to let the mute parts of our body speak. In session we follow emotions, building a shared language to map what happens in your internal world, we spend time with sensations arising in you body, and what may come in your dream life.

— Andrew Fontana, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

In a nutshell, your mind knows what you need to talk about. It knows what needs to be brought from unconscious to conscious. You are in charge, and whatever comes to mind when we are together is relevant, even if it's not obvious why. Over time, paying attention to what comes up and the patterns that emerge is what allows for change.

— Bronwyn Shiffer, Clinical Social Worker in Madison, WI

Psychodynamic therapy is a form of therapy that recognizes that much of what we do occurs for reasons that are outside of our awareness. Through the intimacy and openness of a therapeutic relationship, we get to know ourselves better. As this occurs we become more able to embrace the entirety of who we are and feel less encumbered by shame and avoidance. The more connected we are with ourselves, the more we are able to engage with the people and experiences in our lives.

— Mona Kumar, Psychologist in Pasadena, CA

Similar to CBT, I have been trained at the graduate and post graduate levels on the uses and applications of psychodynamic therapy.

— Kevin Taylor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in forest hills, NY

My psychoanalytic training, peer consultation, continuing education and professional reading inform my ability to relate patients' current problems to unresolved conflicts.

— Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, Psychotherapist in Livingston, NJ