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 love, love, love psychodynamic therapy! I have been studying and practicing psychodynamic therapy since 2016 and find it fascinating and helpful in providing us more insight as to why we are the way that we are; view the world the way we do; and perceive others the way we perceive them!

— Dr. Sasha Faust, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA

Specializing in psychodynamic theory, I explore the unconscious, revealing its influence on thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. By understanding past experiences' impact on present dynamics, clients gain self-awareness, promote growth, heal emotionally, and form more authentic relationships.

— Christina Arceri, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Much of my training included a psychoanalytic and psychodynamic framework for understanding where problems originated for clients. I believe early childhood experiences and unconscious processes can shed light on why my client is currently struggling.

— Catherine Bitney, Clinical Psychologist in Littleton, CO

My approach to psychotherapy is relationship-based, attachment focused, and compassionate. Research shows the most powerful aspect of the healing process is the relationship that develops between you and your therapist. My goal is for us to address your challenges through open and trusting dialogue. My therapy is humanistic and integrative.

— Dr. Amanda Mead, Psychologist

My psychotherapy work is grounded in psychodynamic theory, which means that I attune to and examine unconscious thought patterns. I also work relationally, meaning that we will pay close attention to what arises between us in the therapy room. Deepening your awareness of the forces that shape your internal and external world will help you make meaning of your past experiences and live more consciously and intentionally.

— Judy Huang, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

A psychodynamic approach looks at emotional and relational patterns that develop from early childhood experiences and traumas. Processing these original experiences can be healing in and of itself. By understanding the origin of the issue and how it is related to your current life problems, you increase your ability to develop new ways of being.

— Dana Nassau, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I was trained in Relational Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, which is a method of treatment grounded in depth psychology, interpersonal neurobiology, and the sacredness of the therapeutic relationship. Fundamentally, I believe what has been broken in relationship must be healed in relationship, and this primary belief impacts all other aspects of the therapeutic experience. Though I use other modalities as well, psychodynamic psychotherapy is the foundational pillar of my work as a therapist.

— Amelia Hodnett, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA

In my practice, I utilize psychodynamic therapy to help my clients develop self-awareness and understand how their past has been influencing their present.

— Vania Aviles, Psychotherapist in , CA

Psychodynamic therapy involves the exploration of you past experiences, especially in your childhood, to see how these past experiences connect to the way you view the world. This could involve understanding the relationship dynamics you had with family and friends in your past, and how these dynamics inform how you view your relationships today.

— Michael Bernstein, Licensed Professional Counselor in Philadelphia, PA

Psychodynamic therapy enables us to look at conflicts that often have travelled with you throughout your life. It's a longer-term process, which helps underlying themes come through. Often people go to therapy and work somewhat superficially, and the work is unsatisfying. But psychodynamic work tends to "stick" better.

— Wendy S Kaiser, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

Helping you develop insight into how your past experiences may affect your world view, sense of Self, and resulting behaviors can be a challenging yet, rewarding process of growth and healing.

— Dana Williams, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Palm Harbor, FL

This is my home base. I work from (mostly) modern theories drawn originally from Freud. (Yes - THAT Freud.) How this plays out is that we’ll talk a lot about what is happening inside of you (your dynamics), especially your feelings, and working on inner changes. We’ll look at your relationships with others, including your relationship with me. We will talk about your caregivers in early life and how that influences who you are today. Goals include a fuller life, resilience, and self-acceptance.

— Dr. Holly Altson, Psychologist in Bellingham, WA

I have a strong background in psychodynamic approaches including psychological research in attachment theories. In my current practice, I recognize that we all have a past that may influence how we interact in the world today. Through therapy, clients can gain insight into how unaddressed past pains may be affecting their current quality of life and important relationships.

— Dr. Jennifer McManus, Psychologist in Jacksonville, FL

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

Psychodynamic therapy is the foundation of my practice, it helps clients by exploring their unconscious thoughts, emotions, and past experiences to gain insight into their current behaviors and patterns. Clients are able to uncover and process underlying conflicts and unresolved issues that may be contributing to their difficulties. This increased self-awareness can lead to a deeper understanding of oneself and one's relationships, as well as the development of healthier coping mechanisms.

— Natacha Cesar, Psychotherapist