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Dynamic Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis

What is Dynamic Psychotherapy?

I meet with you to get to know you and so you have the chance to see if you feel comfortable with me. I give you a space to begin to delve deeply into yourself.

We discuss my treatment options and agree on how to proceed. I listen without judgment and take your experience seriously.  The continuity of our meetings helps you to trust and rely on the therapy process. 

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a therapy that considers significant moments, events and relationships in your life, and your reactions, past and present. Over time, you become more aware of what happens in you that is not in your awareness.

While symptom relief is a necessary and important part of psychotherapy, it is the underlying issues that led to your symptoms that make more enduring change possible. 

The word “dynamic” describes energy. Energy may enliven or deaden, ourself and others. When we feel connected, understood, and loved we feel a certain way but there are many other feelings we have — frustration or shame for example and intense feelings may also leave us feeling badly. I use researched theories and techniques about the balance of energies (affect) in the mind. Process and content are important. This kind of therapy targets understanding you in the context of your present and past relationships and persistent reoccurring internal conflicts.

In psychodynamic psychotherapy we meet once or twice a week and agree on a regular time that is yours. You are able to rely on the continuity of the work. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy targets adaptation, understanding and a reduction in problematic symptoms.  Its goals are different than those of psychoanalysis. Here is an article about the efficacy of Dynamic Psychotherapy.


What is Psychoanalysis Today?

Many people assume that they will always be anxious and/or depressed. If you knew that you could make a significant shift in your well-being and state of mind would you put effort into that change? Psychoanalysis is a meaningful, researched, therapeutic process and one that differs from Freud’s psychoanalysis of the late 1800’s.

Psychoanalysis targets change unlike other types of present-day psychotherapies.

With frequency of sessions and deepening of our therapeutic alliance, a rich and textured understanding develops.  Your personal story — one with and without words — unfolds and you become more able to accept aspects of your experience that you previously thought of as “just the way I am.” In the containment of our therapeutic relationship, psychoanalysis may help you in ways that other therapies do not.

Your present day experience is based on the ways you identified with loving and/or feared, parents. These active, dynamic parts of your personality are called “object relations” aspects of repetitive experience with significant others that you have internalized and that now repeat in your daily relationships.  To read more about object relations, click: here.

I use techniques in psychoanalysis based on object relations and intersubjectivity, present day research on neonatal mother-infant bonding, attachment, individuation, child development, neuroscience, and studies on culture and the importance and impact of peer relationships.

These forms of psychotherapy require you to be an essentially solid person, motivated and curious to explore your inner world.  The therapy rests on our mutual agreement of session frequency and commitment that forms the solid foundation of our work.  These are not quick-fix methods but research demonstrates that the outcome results surpass those of other forms of psychotherapy.   

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“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin

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