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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Using the psychodynamic theory, childhood experiences are explored to explain emotions and behaviors. Most childhood trauma causes an irregularity in emotions. It is likely trauma is suppressed and never dealt with, affecting other areas of life, for example: romantic relationships, self-esteem, anxiety, and more. Using art therapy, talk therapy, and mindfulness exercises to surface suppressed thoughts leads to healing, processing, and acknowledgement of past traumas.

— Greiny Rodriguez, Licensed Master of Social Work in New York, NY

Everyone has a story to be told, and I believe that providing a space where your story can be heard, understood, and reflected upon is a vital aspect of therapy. What that means for you as a client is that therapy with me will be individualized and personal. We will examine and explore the "why," not just the "what, when, where, and how." Healing, change, and symptom relief from this perspective occur through insight and growth from the inside-out.

— Laura Carter Robinson, Clinical Psychologist in Ann Arbor, MI

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 education, training, and practice has been heavy in examining early attachments and relationships and the beliefs we derive from these experiences.

— M. Cecilia Bocanegra, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Evanston, IL

I help clients find patterns in their thoughts, feelings, and body sensations so they can gain insight into their present behaviors. By increasing self-awareness, clients learn how they got to where they are in the present, which helps increase self compassion and the ability to make changes to support future goals.

— Brandie Sellers, Licensed Professional Counselor in McKinney, TX

Psychodynamic therapy looks at how the past influences the present. In other words, the way one was treated or what one experienced as a child affects how one feels, the relationships one forms, and the decisions one makes as an adult. Often times by gaining insight into our past, the messages and dynamics that use to control us loosen their hold so that we are better able to make choices that feel more true to our authentic selves. I have received training and mentorship in this area.

— Sammy Kirk, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Alexandria, VA

Psychodynamic therapy is based on the concept that talking about problems can help people learn and develop the skills they need to address them. It is an approach that embraces the multifaceted aspects of an individual’s life. It strives to help people understand the sometimes unknown or unconscious motivations behind difficult feelings and behaviors. Having this insight can lead to symptom relief, help people feel better, and allow them to make better choices.

— Whitney Russell, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor in convenient and effective online therapy & career coaching in Austin, Dallas/Ft Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and everywhere across Texas, TX

Psychodynamic therapy can help clients to see the impact of earlier life experiences on their patterns of relating with the self, others, and the world. This can be particularly helpful when clients are wanting to modify certain patterns that they identify as potentially maladaptive or harmful to current relationships.

— Erin Blasdel-Gebelin, Clinical Psychologist in New York, NY

My understanding of human nature and human interactions is that there are subconscious and unconscious processes particularly related to our earliest experiences that impact our current behavior, thoughts and feelings. By understanding the connections between the past and the present, we have an opportunity to create the changes we want and create the future we want for ourselves.

— Chaya Travis, Clinical Social Worker

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

Looking at what we see, what we think, what we feel, what is obvious, what is hidden, what is conscious, what is unconscious, what we are doing, what we did, what we want, what we don't want, talking freely and openly as comfort and trust allow in order to sort out what we are all about.

— Nancy Johnson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Wellesley Hills, MA

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

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

The goal of psychodynamic therapy Is to make conscious the unconscious, and to work to identify what drives our behaviors and actions. In working with clients in a psychodynamic approach, past and present clients have been able to experience an alleviation of their symptoms by being able to freely discuss their fears, challenges, fantasies, difficulties, and desires.

— Peter Stieglmayr, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Astoria, NY