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 use the core principles of numerous teachings to form an eclectic style of therapy, one that can be altered to fit each individual personality I come across. I work to provide the resources necessary for my clients to understand themselves in a deeper and more profound way.

— Madeleine VanCeylon, Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

Our early life experiences impact the patterns we have in our adult life. By understanding why you think, feel, and behave the way you do, you can have more agency and choice in your life. With increased insight into the origins of your concerns, you can live more authentically and increase your self-compassion.

— Dr. Emma Nowicki, Clinical Psychologist in Washington, DC

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— Martin Keller, Psychologist in Phoenix, AZ

I use the core principles of numerous teachings to form an eclectic style of therapy, one that can be altered to fit each individual personality I come across. I work to provide the resources necessary for my clients to understand themselves in a deeper and more profound way.

— Madeleine VanCeylon, Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

I work psychodynamically. I recognize the influence our past has on our present. This helps us gain a deeper understanding of who we are, which assists in goals of self-actualization and growth. Through this talk therapy, we examine the client's deepest self. I use a psychodynamic lens throughout my practice and supervision, however, I am not a zealot about any one modality as each person is unique with specific needs.

— Heidi Montague, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

I was trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the University of Chicago. Psychodynamic therapy, combined with other approaches, such as energy therapy techniques can be very effective in treating a number of conditions. That said, I don't get stuck on one or two approaches. That would be like a medical doctor who only prescibes penicillin. A good therapist needs a lot of tools in his or her toolbox.

— Stephen Finstein, Therapist in Dallas, TX

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 experience with Brief psychodynamic therapy to help clients explore patterns of behavior and problematic relationships. I use this orientation to explore client's conscious and unconscious thoughts, feelings, and conflicts that contribute to behaviors.

— Andre Wielemaker, Clinical Psychologist in Nashville, TN

As a counselor-in-training in a psychodynamically based program, this is the foundation of my collaborative, insight-based interventions.

— Stephanie Tang, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Brooklyn, NY

I offer an integrative, psychodynamic approach informed by mindfulness. Together we will strive to understand how past experience has influenced present-day thoughts, emotions, and behaviors -- and access your authentic voice to make new choices that are aligned with your values and beliefs.

— Vivienne Kim, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

Through this collaborative approach, I encourage the exploration of past and present emotions, beliefs, experiences, and behaviors and work with you to develop a deeper understanding of your early life experiences. Through this process, I believe individuals are able to develop meaningful insight into themselves and their lives.

— Carrie Rutman, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in West Hollywood, CA

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

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

I work with clients to look at their past and see how it informs their present lives. We work together to look at how past experiences, and traumas consciously and unconsciously show up in our present lives and how we can learn from and work with the material that is showing up for them.

— Rachael Rosenberg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los altos, CA

I work with my clients through an insight-oriented, relational perspective - which means that we understand ourselves and others through the lens of our personal relationships. The relationship between the therapist and client is an important platform upon which we can look at identifying life challenges, emotional patterns and set goals.

— Lauren Smith, Psychotherapist in New York, NY

Psychodynamic therapy explores the patterns and cycles that have repeated in your life, including patterns of thoughts and feelings. Together, we work to understand these cycles that you may feel trapped by. With that understanding, a path to peace and freedom opens up through self-reflection and self-compassion.

— Liz Fletcher, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oklahoma City, OK

We cannot help but be shaped by our past experiences, and oftentimes, we are unaware of how those effects are showing up in our patterns of behavior and thinking. I focus on connecting dots between past and present experiences to offer you possible answers to questions you may ask yourself such as, "why am I like this?"

— Katharyn Engers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Spokane, WA