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 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.

— Whitney Russell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

I have post-graduate training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. I think it can be important to trace our patterns of relating to others and to ourselves back to where they began, as a way to both deeply understand ourselves and also to have relationships and lives that are freer, more satisfying, and more authentic.

— Patrick Grugan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA

Psychodynamic therapy is a form of therapy that recognizes that much of what we do occurs for reasons that are outside of our awareness. Through the openness and intimacy of a therapeutic relationship, we get to know ourselves better. As this occurs we become able to embrace the entirety of who we are and feel less encumbered by shame and avoidance. The more connected we are with ourselves, the more fully we are able to engage with the people and experiences in our lives.

— Mona Kumar, Psychologist in Pasadena, CA

Psychodynamic therapy offers that much of what influences our decisions and relationships exists outside of our day to day awareness - the unconscious. Our work is to bring the unconscious into consciousness. As the poet David Whyte says, we must learn to let the mute parts of our body speak. In session we follow emotions, building a shared language to map what happens in your internal world, we spend time with sensations arising in you body, and what may come in your dream life.

— Andrew Fontana, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA

Modern Psychodynamic Therapy gets a bad rep but I learned the importance and grace of this type of therapy from a past Supervisor. I use Psychodynamic tenets with clients often, specifically the strength of the therapeutic relationship and how reflection on the past can help us heal for the future.

— Jennifer Kulka, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

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

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 Bleend, Clinical Social Worker

I received training in psychodynamic therapy at Rose City Center during my time as an associate. This is an insight-oriented approach that helps you gain higher levels of self-awareness. Although I incorporate many theoretical approaches with each client I see, my work is rooted in psychodynamic therapy.

— Cyla Fisk, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

While exploring current stressors and worries, I will invite you to go deeper and seek to better understand how past experiences are shaping current concerns, explore patterns that keep repeating, and work to better understand your own inner experiences and how they are continuing to shape your experience within the world. By better understanding our roles within our life, many people start to feel less stuck, and more in control.

— Karen Noyes, Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

I believe that the psy influences the present. I explore pst experiences with clients in an effort to increase self awareness.

— Vilmary Lopez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Franklin, MA

Psychodynamic therapy works from the perspective that we all exhibit particular patterns within our relationships, that continue expressing themselves often without our knowledge. Doing this work means that I will help in identifying these patterns and possible ways to create a shift within them.

— Kayla Rees, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Early life experiences impact us deeply, so understanding where you came from and how you got to this place is essential for any meaningful change. And no, I don't think we'll be blaming your parent's for everything that is wrong, but I do think we need to see how early life patterns present themselves in the here-and-now.

— AJ Rich, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

My clinical work with hundreds of families and children has shown me how early experiences shape our understanding of ourselves, the world around us, and the way we relate to others. With adult clients, a psychodynamic approach can shed light on how the past influences the present and bring into awareness unconscious patterns that impact their current behavior. That increased awareness allows them to break old, unhelpful patterns and make choices that support who they are now.

— Pamela Hamer, Psychologist

Psychodynamic theory is what you may think of when you imagine "talk therapy." It is a rich and nuanced exploration of who you are and the forces that shaped you. The psychodnymic aspects of our work help bring to light your unspoken, and perhaps unrecognized, assumptions about yourself and the world around you so you can decide if they serve your life now and the life you want going forward.

— Dawn Johnson, Psychologist in Washington, DC

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

This is where Western therapy really began! Psychodynamic theory has grown and developed since its inception, but its emphasis on the importance of childhood experiences, the unconscious, dream analysis, and client insight remain relevant. I trained for just under 1.5 years in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PPTP). I was also a fellow at the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, where I implemented psychodynamic psychotherapy in a low-fee clinic.

— Shae Loucks, Psychotherapist

This basically just means talking and digging into stuff while we're talking. It works great!

— Matt Anderson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Edmond, OK