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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Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a form of therapy that focuses on exploring unconscious processes and how they influence a person's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It aims to help individuals gain insight into their emotions, motivations, and inner conflicts in order to create lasting change.

— Whit Davison, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kansas City, MO

Psychodynamic therapy can help people improve their quality of life by helping them gain a better understanding of the way they think and feel. The idea is that this will improve their ability to make choices, relate to others, and forge the kind of life they would like to live.

— Nicole Digironimo, Licensed Professional Counselor in NEPTUNE, NJ

I was primarily trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, which new clients often hear from me during our initial phone consultation. I describe this form of therapy as a way of thoroughly examining patterns within our lives, often beginning with the family of origin, which has persisted within our relationships and are no longer working for us. Psychodynamic therapy explores habits and relationship dynamics to assist individuals in finding a way to cope more effectively with challenges.

— Leigha Ward, Clinical Psychologist in West Lake Hills, TX

My primary orientation and lens through which I conceptualize cases is psychodynamic. I took advanced Object Relations courses in my Master's program, was a teacher's assistant to guide beginning students learning psychodynamic skills, and have participated in a weekly psychodynamic consultation group since 2017. I utilized psychodynamic approaches with success throughout my training. I have done extensive reading on the power of psychodynamic work.

— Melissa Healy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

I believe that life experiences and the meaning that we both consciously and unconsciously assign to them can be explored in therapy to help clients live a life that is intentional and grounded. This includes identification and exploration of attachment styles, childhood and adolescent experiences, dreams, fears, and hopes.

— Allison Jensen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL

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

Using psychodynamic therapy, my goal is to help you build insight into why you're struggling. I will work with you to identify your patterns and how these patterns impact you. I also hold space for the knowledge that these patterns have allowed you to get to the where you are, and may have served you in the past. With this knowledge, I’ll help you form new patterns for yourself which align more closely with your values.

— Eva Firth, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

My goal is to provide an unstructured and open-ended space in which to safely explore -- with acceptance, humor, and compassion -- my clients' inner world. I believe by talking about our past as well as our present, we are able to make sense of the patterns and behaviors that don't serve us.

— Bella Kirschenbaum, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

I have an understanding of the impact of early attachments and experiences on current functioning.

— Jennifer Moreno, Counselor in Warrenville, IL

While I tend to utilize a psychoanalytic/psychodynamic approach, this simply means that I do not provide surface-level therapy. My intent is to help clients understand more about themselves and the patterns of behavior they exhibit, because this kind of self-awareness is often the key to long-term success.

— Meliora Counseling and Psychotherapy, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in White Plains, NY

I take a psychodynamic approach that explores life experiences and the meaning we assign to them in order to help client better understand their inner world. This includes identification and exploration attachment styles, childhood, adolescence, and adult experiences, hopes, dreams, and fears. The benefits of exploring and identifying these things is a better understanding one's self and why they move through life as they do. This creates space for one to make informed and healthy life choices.

— Allison Jensen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL

Psychodynamic theory is vital in understanding the influence of early experiences, exploring unconscious conflicts, and recognizing the significance of interpersonal relationships in shaping a client's psychological functioning. In my experience, this orientation has been crucial in exploring clients’ unconscious thoughts, feelings, and experiences, which more than likely may be influencing their current behaviors and relationships.

— Jada Maldonado, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Psychodynamic therapy is aimed at making the unconscious conscious. Insight into how the past influences present behavior helps us change our unhealthy patterns. I aim to create a space where you can express and tolerate emotions, both negative and positive emotion. Especially important is learning to accept and embrace the natural ups and downs of our mood states. We may explore your past, including family upbringing, and relationships.

— Adam Kaluzshner, Clinical Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA