Psychodynamic therapy is a deep, insight-oriented approach to understanding and resolving internal psychological conflicts. It connects the influence of the past on present behavior and helps people uncover and address the unconscious motivations that drive their actions and emotional responses. Based on psychoanalytic therapy and work by Sigmund Freud, it places a big emphasis on the client’s interaction with the external world. 

At its core, psychodynamic therapy aims to bring subconscious thoughts into consciousness, enhancing your understanding of complex emotional issues. The process involves exploring childhood experiences, recurring dreams, and forgotten memories, and how they impact you as a person today. 

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How Does Psychodynamic Therapy Work?

Usually, psychodynamic therapy is limited to 25 sessions and recommended to those who are self-reflective and want to understand themselves deeply. During sessions, I encourage my clients to speak freely about whatever comes to their mind. It could be their dreams, desires, fears, or any memorable experience. Together, we’ll work towards making you feel emotionally mature and trust those around you, so you can form long-lasting healthy relationships. 

In the first few sessions, you might feel overwhelmed as you experience and learn about a range of emotions. It may also evoke discomfort or sadness but that’s a sign of progress. You’ll notice reactions and behaviors that you missed before, which then turns into emotional relief and a sense of control. My goal for you is to feel a more profound sense of personal growth.  

What Can Psychodynamic Therapy Help With?

Psychodynamic therapy is a versatile therapy and works well with all ages. It can help with: 

  • Depression
  • Social anxiety disorder 
  • Personality disorder 
  • Psychosis 
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder 
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder 

I’m here to support your healing journey. Take the first step today. 

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Jennifer Pinto
Registered social worker, MSW, RSW