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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Terri Mishler, PsyD

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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C.J. Sanders

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

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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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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Stacey Vallas (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC

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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Bob Kleinjan (he/him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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Brad Creel (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

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

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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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Carl Jensen

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC

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

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Ray Nelson (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC

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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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Melissa Tomecek (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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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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Joaquin Lopez (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC

A Jungian orientation offers a warm, creative, and inviting space for the exploration of personal stories, dreams, and myths. The counselor and the client observe aspects of personality, patterns of behavior, the use of language, and creative imagination. A soulful approach allows the client to feel and explore their inner world. The client gains emotional insight and develops an understanding of the experience called life. The client identifies their values and forges a new identity.

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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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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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Gregory Kaplan (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, PhD

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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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Glenn Goldman, MA, LPC (he/him)

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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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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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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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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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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Allison Amo MA, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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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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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Donna Prinzmetal (she/her)

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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Nancy Pounds

Licensed Professional Counselor

LMHC, LPC

I naturally lean toward this orientation, and have studied it for many, many years. It’s based on past affecting the present, personality traits, and subconscious influences.

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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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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 of behavior 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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Audra Lee

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC

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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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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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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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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Riva Stoudt

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Andrea Mize (she/her)

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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Anne Emmett

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Two year training program in psychodynamic psychotherapy completed in 1997.

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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Bree Koenig (she/her/hers)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MS Clinical Psychology, San Francisco State University

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