Psychodynamic 

Psychodynamic therapy is therapeutic practice that seeks to help clients investigate and understand the full range of their emotions, including unconscious thoughts and feelings. Although less intense than psychoanalytic therapy, psychodynamic therapy also stems from Freudian theory. The primary focus of the psychodynamic approach is to reveal a client’s unconscious conflicts in an effort to alleviate problems. Psychodynamic therapy sessions are generally loosely structured and a client is encouraged to talk about whatever is on their mind, using a free association method. Some of the most common problems treated with psychodynamic therapy include anxiety, depression, panic disorders and stress.

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Brad Creel (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I have had training in Psychodynamic Psychology at my Depth Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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Stacey Vallas

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I believe relationships, including one's relationship to oneself, are the foundation of mental health and well being. I will support you in exploring the ways your past relationships have shaped your sense of self and how you relate to others now. I value creating a strong, collaborative relationship that fosters fresh perspectives, exploration, healing, and growth.

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C.J. Sanders

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

My education and training is in Psychodynamic theory and clinical practice. This type of therapy helps us delve deeper into the motivations and unconscious conflicts underlying why we do what we do.

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Glenn Goldman, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

We all carry old wounds from the past. We all suffer from inner conflict. When we unconsciously and repeatedly play out old painful dramas, it causes us problems. Exploring the sources of old wounds and the causes of inner conflict is the essence of psychodynamic therapy.

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Zach Wendell (He/Him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy – 2-Year Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program New York, NY (09/2017 – 05/2019) Prelude to Psychodynamic Training – Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, NYU School of Medicine – New York, NY (2016-2017)

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Kelly Reams MSW, BCD Psychoanalyst

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I've been practicing psychotherapy from a psychodynamic orientation for over 30 years. I selected my graduate program due to a strong psychodynamic emphasis at the time, and have consistently sought out psychodynamic teachers, supervisors, continuing education classes, and conferences throughout my professional career.

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Mike Mihalas, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Completed two years of advanced training with supervised course work.

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emily bilbao (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I was trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy at Smith College School for social work. I build on these theories and support them with additional approaches, such at cbt & dbt

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Aaron Buchholz

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

My three years of post-graduate training in psychodynamic oriented psychotherapy (The Psychotherapy Institute, Berkeley) helped me to develop my attention to support my clients to work through unconscious content and make real and lasting changes.

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Martha Blake, MBA, NCPsyA

Clinical Psychologist

Psychologist, Jungian Analyst

Psychodynamic therapy dips back to the beginning of a pattern of feelings, reactions, or strategies of coping with one's environment that confine, limit, or constrict possibility.

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Carl Jensen

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC

I am a student of Jung. See above description under transpersonal.

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Mary Bruce-Owenby (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LGBTQIA-affirmative couples therapist

This approach is a form of depth psychology that explores and works through the often initially hidden impacts that early patterns have had on current functioning. I have completed five years of specific training in psychoanalytic/psychodynamic theoretical frameworks under the supervision of contemporary psychoanalysts and psychologists.

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Katherine Friedman

Licensed Professional Counselor

In Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, we work to understand your internal world. We investigate the multilayered experiences that shape your way of taking in and making sense of the world, mapping the personal landscape through which you experience your life.

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Ray Nelson (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

NCC

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Darin Bergen (he/him)

Clinical Psychologist

PsyD

My primary approach is Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). This is a newer approach to therapy that focuses on the transformation of painful emotions, and this healing is done in relationship. We believe that painful aloneness is core to the experience of human suffering and undoing that aloneness is a main focus of the therapy. I believe in this approach because of the science, but also because it is the kind of therapy I have found most helpful for me, as a client.

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Terri Mishler

Clinical Psychologist

My training and supervision focused on treating people from a psychodynamic orientation. Understanding the patterns people develop in their early relationships can enable them to make different choices in their current relationships.

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Colleen Burke-Sivers, LPC (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

The psychodynamic approach takes into account the influences of your childhood on your current functioning and struggles. It looks at the person as partially a product of his or her original environment and helps each person understand how those influences are helping or hurting them to function today. The psychodynamic therapist will help you unlearn those influences that are no longer useful.

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Yin Li

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

The goal of psychodynamic therapy is not only symptom relief but identifying the root cause of the distress. Psychodynamic therapy is evidence based and research shows that the gains made in therapy continue to manifest even when client stops therapy.

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Randall Wright, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

With eight years of psychodynamic-oriented work as a doctoral student, I have notable experience and training with depth psychology that explores the relational experiences from the breadth of a person's life. Formative experiences matter when one tries to untangle the difficulties of present day life. I also use the Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) model in working with couples.

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Anne Emmett

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Two year training program in psychodynamic psychotherapy completed in 1997.

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Jeremy Jones (They/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC-II, BC-TMH

Because both the Holistic, Cognitive Behavioral, and integrated approach system I utilize-exploring how certain thoughts, behaviors, or emotions develop over a lifespan is a primary function in making lasting change.

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Zachary Newman, LPC, LMFT

Licensed Professional Counselor

M.A., LPC, LMFT

Since my own childhood, I was always interested in 'what made people tick.' As a therapist, it's often useful to examine the underlying forces that affect peoples' behavior, feelings and emotions. We look at unconscious thoughts, dreams, memories as a pathway for self-insight. I identify as a Jungian, to bring together our conscious & unconscious selves to foster our balance and wholeness.

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Eric Blakeley (he/him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic treatment is an insight-oriented approach that encourages exploration of the range of your emotions, both felt and avoided, while identifying recurring themes and patterns. There is a focus on unconscious process and the way it manifests in the present. It is a treatment that seeks to free oneself from the confines of the past in order to live more fully in the present.

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Avvy Mar

My approach in psychotherapy is based on a 20 year mindfulness practice combined with extensive relational psychodynamic training to help work collaboratively to find meaning in the threads of your story and how it lives in your current life.

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Jeff Guenther (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I am a classically trained therapist and I specialize in psychodynamic theory. Psychodynamic theory was a focus of mine all through graduate school and I use this theory as a lens into understanding where behaviors, unhealthy and healthy, start from and how they have been reinforced through your lifetime. With a clear understanding of where you come from we can work together to unravel rooted behavior.

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Korina Jochim

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Theoretically I favor an object relations approach as popularized by psychotherapists Melanie Klein, Anna Freud, Donald Winicott, and Heinz Kohut. I've also been highly influenced by existentialist psychiatrists Irvin Yalom and Viktor Frankl.

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Kathryn Williams

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have based decades of personal growth work on a psychodynamic foundation, including several years of psychoanalysis. A certified Enneagram teacher, I have studied the Enneagram for 10+ years and facilitate Enneagram groups. My work with EMDR is founded in attachment theory and other developmental/neurobiological theories that connect current patterns to past wounding experiences.

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Bree Koenig (she/her/hers)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

MS Clinical Psychology, San Francisco State University

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Donna Prinzmetal

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

As a psychodynamic psychotherapist, I am always striving to understand the situations and experiences, including early familial relationships, that have shaped my clients' lives. Therapy can illuminate the origins of conscious and unconscious choices, giving us the opportunity for healing and change.

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Jane Mayer

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

My original training is in psychodynamic psychotherapy. This theoretical orientation helps me to understand the family patterns and experiences of my clients and how they impact their sense of themselves, relationships and others. Often we are relating in ways that do not work, and our actions and beliefs are based on past scripts, rather than the choice and perspectives of our grown up selves.

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Joyce Yuan, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Psychodynamic therapy assumes thoughts, feelings, and motivations aren't always fully accessible to conscious awareness. However, behaviors and relationships can still be influenced by unconscious forces, sometimes in problematic ways. By exploring patterns and experiences that have shaped the way you think and feel, you can gain insight into what drives you and start making conscious changes.

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Allison Amo MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

At the core, I believe that the past influences the present, and it is important to examine some of the deep roots that may be causing you issues as you move towards healing and growth. Counseling can provide you an opportunity to recognize and resolve these blocks and develop effective tools for working through them.

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Andrea Mize

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

My graduate training program was based in psychodynamic teachings. I continue to seek out continuing educational opportunities to support this foundational understanding of human behavior.

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Audra Lee, LPC, LMHC, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have been studying and applying psychodynamic principals in my clinical work since 2011. I also completed 2.5 years of clinical internship training with a supervisor trained in Control Mastery Theory, an integrated cross-theoretical cognitive-psychodynamic-relational theory.

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Joaquin Lopez (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, NCC

Jungian Orientation

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Danette Buchanan (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Psychodynamic therapy is a relational orientation, where the client-therapist relationship is central to the approach. It becomes a major tool in helping a client access their emotions and process their thoughts. It is in this conversant relationship that a client is able to feel heard and empowered.

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Beth Bloom (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Psy.D.

I have advanced training and experience working from a psychodynamic approach, including my postdoctoral fellowship at the William Alanson White Institute, a prominent psychoanalytic clinic in New York City.

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Melissa Tomecek (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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Miranda York

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

We will explore patterns of relating you learned in your family of origin and how these show up in your current relationships. This could take the following forms, for instance: how you expect others will receive you, what emotions and responses you automatically inhibit or express, what behaviors you typically engage in. This can illuminate unconscious programming and liberate more options.

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Courtney Burns

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I believe that viewing our feelings from outside in as well as inside out can provide us with the most insight into ourselves. My graduate training was focused in psychodynamic and attachment schools of thought.

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Karel Chan, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

I work with individuals, but everything comes back to relationships - your relationship with family, lovers, friends, enemies, your environment - since birth. In understanding how past relationships have influenced you and how you've subconsciously (or consciously) adapted in response to them, you can integrate what works and change what doesn't work to achieve balance and peace.

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Judy Marantz-Herzberg (she/her)

Social Worker

LCSW and LSSW (Licensed School Social Worker)

People’s life stories, and past family experiences deeply affect current relationships. The therapeutic relationship is a safe place to explore interpersonal styles. My relationship with my client is central to our work.

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Sarah Eckstein (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Ph.D., M.S.

My doctoral and post-doctoral training in psychodynamic theory has facilitated my increased awareness of dynamics emerging within my relationships with clients and my clients' relationships with themselves. My clients have consistently highlighted how useful that information is because it offers a foundation for self-understanding and a platform for self-growth.

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DeShawn Williams

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I often integrate psychodynamic approach into my sessions to assist with bringing awareness to clients who are often stuck. I believe many things are revealed during a session which is unconscious to the client but is very telling to the therapist. Through careful examination the recognition of these unconscious acts can be very liberating and bring enlightment to client and or family.

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Tracy Bryce Farmer, LCSW, PC (she/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, CADC

Psychodynamic theory started the whole field of talk therapy with the idea that repressing our feelings leads to painful symptoms in our lives. The current boom in neuroscience is validating what psychodynamic clinicians have always known: our emotional struggles stem from our history and the early relationships that impact us. I can help you approach the past that is hurting you and help you make links to improving your life in the here and now.

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