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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Most of my training, including all of my internship training, took place in settings that practice this kind of therapy. Psychodynamic therapy emphasizes that we all have many thoughts and feelings that we’re not directly aware of, but that have a big influence on the ways see the world and live our lives. I help clients identify and explore those deeper thoughts and feelings, and look at how they relate to habits and patterns that cause problems in living.

— Anna C. Lewis, Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

I work through a psychodynamic lens, which for me means that we consider the unconscious and work to make it more conscious, allowing us more choices in how we operate.

— Eleanor Wohlfeiler, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I assist clients in exploring and discovering underlying thought patterns that often derive from their family-of-origins. This promotes a greater understanding of self and contributes to long-lasting positive changes in one's life.

— Tiffanie Turner, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA

I have completed 4 years of intensive post-graduate training in psychodynamic therapy, including three years of training at the Washington School of Psychiatry.

— Kimberly Woodard, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Largo, MD

As clinical fellow at Ann Martin Center for two years, I was immersed in an environment that focused on psychodynamically based treatment of children, adolescents, young adults, and parents. This approach was emphasized in supervision and in an intensive series of seminars.

— Jennifer Trinkle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

Also known as insight-oriented therapy, it focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifested in a person's present behavior. The goal is for a client to gain self awareness and understanding of the influence that their past has on their present behaviors. Together we will explore self reflection and self examination.

— Gil Katz-Goldstein, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA

My approach is here-and-now while paying close attention to familiar or similar unresolved dynamics that may be relevant for you from your past that could be influencing your perceptions of today. These are often unconscious dynamics and in our work, together we will unearth what is true for you.

— Shohreh Schmuecker, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Danville, CA

Through extensive studies in process oriented therapies including Erikson and Art Therapy founded in part in Jungian psychology, I have studied and attended training on Psychodynamic approaches to healing and discovery. Exploring emotions, thoughts, early life experiences and beliefs which contribute to how we see the word today and react to it and the people in it, allows us the opportunity to change our patterns. Training on defense mechanisms and empowerment also help transform world views.

— Heather Tietjen-Mooney, Psychotherapist in Milford, OH

Throughout my training, I was drawn toward Pychodynamic Therapy which looks at the unconscious as a vehicle to understand what is happening in one's conscious life. By examining one's honest, unfiltered, and sometimes raw responses to situations that were once unconscious, their ways of relating can be made conscious. By taking a gentle approach to looking at how unconscious ways of relating may be pushing others away, I then help others to figure out what may better serve them.

— Lani Chin, Clinical Psychologist in Monterey, CA

I want to help you explore where your thoughts and behaviors come from so that we can work towards healing the ones that come from a wounded place. We learn many dysfunctional patterns (of thinking and behaving) to protect ourselves throughout our lives, but sometimes these protective measures cause us more harm than good. I want to help you sort through the protective measures to see which ones you want to hold on to and which ones you need to throw out.

— Tivoli Hendricks, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Lexington, KY

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

I am trained at the MN Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

— Kaycie Dale, Counselor in Edina, MN

This approach is something of a look at your personal timeline to connect issues in your life.

— Frank Thewes, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Princeton, NJ

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

Sometimes learning from past behaviors and patterns can shed light on current conflicts and struggles. I have helped many clients become "unstuck" by processing aspects of their past that they would like to explore.

— Michael Koren, Psychologist in Cambridge, MA

My training was in intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy, and I consider this experience to have given me the foundation for my theoretical approach. The theories I read and learned have helped to shape my thinking. Many of the workshops, conferences, and more advanced training I have taken have their basis in psychodynamic therapy. My clients come to me with presenting problems that can be related to issues from their childhood. I help them explore these painful patterns, and find resol

— Dr. Patricia Field, Clinical Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

The word psychodynamic can be broken down: psycho- from psyche-, or soul, and dynamic, ever-changing. Psychodynamic therapy trusts that we are all developing works of art, never finished, and functions on a deep level to help you to know and love new or exiled parts of yourself, so that you are empowered to make choices about the decisions and circumstances that arise in your life.

— Katy Bullick, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I am psychodynamically oriented in my approach, as this approach places importance on the factors that shaped the individual. Particularly, the development of self during childhood and the lessons that our family of origin or primary caregivers gave us. The patterns from childhood of boundary setting, ability to be assertive, identifying needs, and level of comfort with intimacy continue to impact the present. Identifying these patterns allows us to set new patterns that serve us as adults.

— Jan Tate, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mebane, NC

My approach is grounded in depth work and looking into the past as well as the present in order to provide relief and insights into patterns and connections in relationships.

— Sarah Korda, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

As a psychodynamic therapist, I use our relationship as a key instrument for behavioral change. Unlike cognitive approaches (CBT) that focus on modifying thoughts, or traditional psychoanalytic approaches that focus on drives, development, and the unconscious, I focus on the here and now of how we're relating during our sessions together. Since I'm not a purist, you'll find me eclectic and flexible.

— Loretta Staples, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Haven, CT

Psychodynamic work refers to looking into the past to understand our present behavior. Our experiences shape who we are, and therefore we develop patterns of behavior to reflect what we have experienced. I will help you to explore this further and make shifts where you feel you would like to see change.

— Kate Gebbie, Licensed Professional Counselor in , CT

Psychodynamic therapy focuses on unconscious processes as they influence a person’s behavior. Often those processes are defense mechanisms that developed in childhood and which were useful in protecting the child, but in adulthood are in the way. The goal of psychodynamic therapy is to increase awareness of those processes so that they become choiceful rather than automatic. Thus, people become more mature. And, of course, freedom to choose helps to move us toward fulfillment and happiness.

— Michael Johnson, Psychologist in AUSTIN, TX, TX

Trained in Psychodynamic Therapy in graduate school as basis for working with clients. Therapist helps client to recognize and change their patterns of thoughts and beliefs. Therapist also helps client by noticing dynamics between client and counselor.

— Mike Krepick, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

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

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