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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What is not spoken is felt. Our body keeps the scores from all our traumas, big and small. When we learn not to feel safe seeking connection, expressing our pain and suffering, we suppress them and learn to cope in other ways to survive. Psychodynamic helps us explore and understand the feelings that affect our body and how we express ourselves in our relationships.

— Trish McKenna, Therapist in St. Louis Park, MN

Psychodynamic Therapy encompasses many different theories and therapies. Psychodynamic therapy usually focuses on the different dynamics that are at play between people, ideas, things in our environment, and systems at large. I find this to be essential in therapeutic work because it allows you to heal at deeper level. By knowing the dynamics that are at play in your life, you can make LONG and LASTING change.

— John Brancato, Mental Health Counselor in Forest Hills, NY

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. Psychodynamic therapy seeks to reveal the unconscious content of a client's psyche in an effort to alleviate psychic tension.

— Colby Schneider, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Portland, OR

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

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

I trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy via The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center in 2020. I have also been continuing to develop my psychoanalytic therapy skill set through weekly clinical consultation with several psychoanalysts since 2019 from multiple schools of psychoanalysis (relational, ego psychology, and Jungian). Psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychodynamic therapy are different names for the same body of therapeutic theory and practice.

— Ethan Finley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Columbus, OH

My primary orientation is rooted psychodynamic therapy. I believe that past relationships, especially those with early attachment figures, shape current relationships; both with the self and with others.

— Eryn Healy, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

My own therapy with a wonderful therapist was my greatest teaching about psychodynamic therapy. I work to help my clients identify unfinished business with their family of origin. In all relationships, each person's unresolved issues can be projected onto other people. Helping my clients identify the unresolved wounds by looking at attachments, differentiation and separation experiences and see how the issues are being played out is helpful in the healing of their wounds

— Molly O'Shea, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Although people bring in outside problems to me, my training has shown me that what happens between us plays out in the rest of your life. How we are with each other can give you the tools to take with you into the world in order to respond to yourself and others in a deep and meaningful way. I see therapy as a collaboration and mutual education.

— Gilbert Bliss, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Hunt Valley, MD

Psychodynamic psychotherapy refers to an approach and theory that assumes that early life experience informs and shapes our current relationships and emotional state. It is loosely related to the theory and practice of psychoanalysis (see below). In psychodynamic therapy, the relationship and interaction with the therapist is seen as a primary mode of effecting positive or developmental change. Therapy tends to involve exploration of both current as well as past experiences, often uncovering aspects of a persons thoughts and emotions that were not fully realized or understood. It is through this new understanding and emotional exploration that negative or stuck states of mind and/or relationships are healed, resolved or developed.

— Bear Korngold, Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

Understanding the psychic structures of our minds and the unconscious defenses is an invaluable component to understanding ourselves more explicitly. In a psychodynamic approach, maladaptive processes occur within the unconscious. We can uncover those defenses through active observation and curiosity of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to encourage a healthier engagement with ourselves and others.

— Kyle McEvoy, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Psychodynamic theory is part of the foundation of my work with clients. I use the psychodyanamic lens to explore how childhood issues and trauma are affecting my clients sense of self and their relationships with others and the world around them.

— Margarita Prensa, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in New York, NY

"Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination, and the use of the relationship between therapist and patient as a window into problematic relationship patterns in the patient’s life. Its goal is not only to alleviate the most obvious symptoms but to help people lead healthier lives." Jonathan K. Shedler, PhD, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine; American Psychologist, Vol. 65. No.2.

— Thomas Jones, Clinical Social Worker

As a therapist I believe that everyone's history has meaning pertaining to who they are today. When I hear a client is experiencing depression, attachment issues, self-sabotage, etc., it feels important to delve into the client's psychosocial history, support systems, and upbringing. Background can play a major role in current moods, self-love, self-worth, and more.

— Brittany Bergersen, Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY