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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Gregory Kaplan (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, PhD

My education at Northwestern University was centered on psychodynamic psychotherapy. It was incorporated into multiple skills courses. In addition, I have trained extensively in psychodynamic group therapy. My practice centers around insight-based therapy, which means we are trying to uncover the roots of feelings, behaviors, and beliefs that are fed by unconscious sources, not exclusively memories but also fantasies and, most of all, unmet or over-met needs.

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Ray Nelson (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CCMHC

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Julie Bloom (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, NCC, PCA, LMHC-A

I integrate a psychodynamic approach—helping my clients explore how unconscious thoughts and past experiences may be impacting them in the present. Together, we'll explore patterns in thoughts and behaviors, often focusing on early life experiences and relationships to understand and address present concerns or stressors.

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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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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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Heart Thyself, LLC

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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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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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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Bree Koenig (she/her/hers)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MS Clinical Psychology, San Francisco State University

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Stacey Vallas (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS

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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Joaquin Lopez (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

M.S.

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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Brad Creel (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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

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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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Casey Black (he/him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Therapy through a psychodynamic lens recognizes that 1 - painful patterns and experiences in the present likely have roots in past experiences. 2 - These past events inform our present selves outside of our awareness. 3 - It can be healing to bring these past events into awareness.

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Michael Ianello (he/him/his)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

Many fields in psychology today draw on the rich history and research that Psychodynamic modalities have been developing for the better part of the last 100 years. My own training in this broad and rich tradition continues to assist me in my own personal practice, enriching my self-awareness as well as; my relationships with others, my relationship with society and my relationship with nature. By combining the principles of psychodynamic theory with more modern practices, both are improved.

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Margaret McNeal (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

Unlike symptom-focused, brief therapeutic modalities, psychodynamic therapy is proven to create sustained, lasting change. Psychodynamic therapy facilitates self-exploration, understanding relationship patterns, and examining emotional blind spots; by addressing root cause, symptoms can shift. https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2010/01/psychodynamic-therapy#:~:text=Psychodynamic%20therapy%20focuses%20on%20the,patterns%20in%20the%20patient's%20life.

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C.J. Sanders (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

OR #T2235

My education and training is in Psychodynamic theory and clinical practice. I get curious about your early relationships and patterns of relating insofar as it impacts and repeats with your current relationship. I am adept at identifying "triggers" from your past that are blocking connection and wreaking havoc in your communication. I help my couples become experts at learning each others internal world and all that they carry into the relationship which increases empathy and bonding.

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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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Kelly Reams MSW, BCD Psychoanalyst (She/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lcsw, bcd

I've been practicing psychodynamic psychotherapy from a contemporary relational orientation for over 30 years. I selected my graduate program due to a strong emphasis of understanding both the conscious and unconscious factors that influence who we are. I both seek and provide mental health consultation within the rich variety of analytic perspectives

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Michael Morales (he/his)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

There are times where you have a sense that something is off but cannot quite put a finger on it. You are not alone! In treatment we may explore underlying issues or the "roots" that continue to support habits, behaviors, or ways of thinking you have been wanting to change. Throughout our work together we will highlight how these past unconscious thoughts, beliefs, or principals continue to shape how you make meaning and move about in your world.

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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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Eric Abelow 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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Joyce Yuan

Clinical Psychologist

PhD

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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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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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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Jessi Huffman (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

A psychodynamic orientation is one that is focused on the unconscious processes that guide our behavior. Guided by whatever is coming up for you, we explore with gentle curiosity and openness anything causing pain or distress in order to examine what unconscious dynamics may be shifted in order for transformation to occur. I often describe this type of work as a marathon rather than a sprint, as it can take time, be challenging, and we may often even hit a "wall" before breaking through.

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Zachary Newman, LPC, LMFT (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

M.A., LPC, LMFT

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Riva Stoudt

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Caroline Vetter (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Oregon license #3481 & California license #32615

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Zara Roth (she/her)

Professional Counselor

M.A., QMHP, CADC, Registered Associate

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Michelle Perrier (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

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Elena Logvinenko (she/her)

Psychiatrist

MD

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Audra Lee

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC, LPCC

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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Amy Hughes (She/Her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I completed my graduate work in a program that emphasized psychodynamic training (NYU).

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Andrew Conner (He/Him/His)

Marriage and Family Therapist

MA

I believe that the unconscious mind has a real influence on our day-to-day lives. I believe that important past relationships come to bear on our present relationships and way of being in the world.

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Bonnie Lambert (she/her)

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

PMHNP-BC, LPC

Past informs, present and how we can have a more autonomous future.

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Magdalena Avila Echenique (She/ Ella)

Professional Counselor Associate

Psy. M. LPC Associate

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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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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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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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Savannah Torkelsen

Professional Counselor Associate

OR license # R7416, WA license # MC61259505

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Vedalia Zellers (she/they)

Clinical Social Work Associate

MSW, CSWA

People often want to "move forward" with their lives yet find themselves struggling with pain that carries an old, familiar signature (like feeling trapped, alone, judged, or overlooked to name a few examples). Day-to-day circumstances may feel extra bothersome if they remind us, on some level, of old wounds and buried emotions that are still vying for our attention. In therapy, we'll aim to co-create a space where it becomes possible to discover more about yourself and express the unexpressed.

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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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Bob Kleinjan (he/him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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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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Korina Jochim

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

Theoretically I favor an object relations approach as popularized by psychotherapists Melanie Klein, Anna Freud, Calr Jung, Donald Winicott, and Heinz Kohut. I've also been highly influenced by existentialist psychiatrists Irvin Yalom and Viktor Frankl. Psychedelic integration work is also an area in which I have experience and enthusiasm, especially for trauma and depression. I will work with you on the integration/understanding of psychedelic experiences.

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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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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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Grace Carter (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

In psychodynamic therapy, therapists help people gain insight into their lives and present-day problems. They also evaluate patterns people develop over time. To do this, therapists review certain life factors with a person in therapy: emotions, thoughts, early life experiences and beliefs. Recognizing recurring patterns can help people see how they avoid distress or develop defense mechanisms to cope. This insight may allow them to begin changing those patterns.

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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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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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Andrea Mize (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

My graduate training program was based in psychodynamic teachings or "meaning-making" of your life and experiences. I continue to seek out continuing educational opportunities to support this foundational understanding of human behavior as I beleive it helps create context for how we are and show up in our lives. I combine elements of each of the treatment approaches I listed to create a foundation that addresses your particular needs.

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Emma Stern (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

C7542

Psychodynamic therapy explores ways in which past patterns can manifest in one's present behaviors, actions, and responses to emotional material. It encourages clients to develop deep personal insight and understanding of the ways in which their personality and patterns have been shaped by life experience. This type of therapy works to bring unconscious material into conscious awareness so clients can understand ways in which their behaviors are beneficial and/or self-sabotaging.

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Tracy Bryce Farmer (she/they)

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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