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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My clinical work with hundreds of families and children has shown me how early experiences shape our understanding of ourselves, the world around us, and the way we relate to others. With adult clients, a psychodynamic approach can shed light on how the past influences the present and bring into awareness unconscious patterns that impact their current behavior. That increased awareness allows them to break old, unhelpful patterns and make choices that support who they are now.

— Pamela Hamer, Psychologist

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 Associate in Seattle, WA

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, CO

I trained under psychodynamic clinicians and have a strong developmental trauma focus in my practice. I strongly believe that most people carry the experiences and relationships dynamics they experienced during childhood into their adults. Sometimes we need support in making these connections and developing new patterns.

— Alexandra Ludovina, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sunnyvale, CA

Psychodynamic therapy helps to identify where you're struggling. It can help you see yourself and those around you more clearly to promote self-awareness.

— Lindsay Perry, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bellaire, TX

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a therapeutic treatment modality that is used to help you gain insight into your "autopilot" patterns of behavior and relationships by connecting experiences in your past to how you think and act "out there in the world" today. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is when we have conversations to help to work through those defining past experiences with the goal of your gaining understanding as to what is not serving you and make those changes to live a healthier life.

— Carol Covelli, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

Psychodynamic Therapy involves getting to the root of problem(s), underlying problematic emotional and behavioral patterns; and discover paths toward the emotional freedom necessary to make substantive lasting changes in your life, and heal from past traumas. In examining what lies beneath the surface of human behavior, the unconscious psychological forces within us outside of everyday awareness become conscious. It operates at the exploratory-supportive continuum of interventions.

— Dr. Shawna Freshwater, Clinical Psychologist in Miami Beach, FL

I have worked from a relational psychodynamic therapist for over 16 years, which is also known as intersubjectivity, or the idea that we heal in relationship with others. I focus on authenticity, transparency and connection as we collaboratively decide how to focus your time in treatment. Relational psychodynamic therapy investigates root causes of your symptoms and attempts to understand them in a holistic manner so that you can live a more intentional life.

— Geneva Reynaga-Abiko, Clinical Psychologist in Washington, DC

I use Psychodynamic therapy to get to the source of emotional turmoil. This occurs through self-reflection, self-examination, and cultivating a space that encourages clients to transparently process their experiences (both the good and bad). My goal is to elucidate and eliminate the barriers hindering you from living your absolute best life. Through psychodynamic therapy, we will identify your attachment style, strengths, core beliefs, and assess your ability to set boundaries.

— Chyna Hill, Associate Clinical Social Worker

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 work is informed by psychodynamic theory, which states that events from our childhood greatly impact our lives as adults, often in ways that we aren't fully conscious of. I hold an empathic and curious space with clients where we can explore what the underlying causes of current issues could be. I am a graduate of a clinical training program that centered on providing psychodynamic and relational psychotherapy to women, trans, and non-binary folx.

— Sophia Boissevain, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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 Media, PA

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

Early life experiences impact us deeply, so understanding where you came from and how you got to this place is essential for any meaningful change. And no, I don't think we'll be blaming your parent's for everything that is wrong, but I do think we need to see how early life patterns present themselves in the here-and-now.

— AJ Rich, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

We approach therapy through a contemporary psychdynamic lens to understand what is being communicated through one's behaviors and understand how past experiences are influencing current relationships. As we form our relationships we have found that individuals develop deeper insight, aiding with a deeper understanding of themselves, and experiencing more lasting and sustainable relief.

— Soileau Partners Psychotherapy, Psychotherapist in Kansas City, MO

Freud is so underrated! If you want to know why you're suffering, psychoanalyses is the answer! I have read countless books, attended many trainings, and have undergone the therapy myself. This is not for the faint of heart :) Here, we will be unearthing the origins of your entire personality. True freedom awaits.

— Meredith Parker, Licensed Professional Counselor in , TX