Psychodynamic Therapists in Alameda, CA

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Livia Winnett
Psychologist, PhD, MS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Alameda, CA 94501
Welcome. I work with children, adolescents, and adults coping with relational, attachment, and anxiety disorders. In my practice, therapy often entails exploring the impact of early attachment experiences on our views of self and our ability to form close, meaningful relationships throughout life. In our work together, you will be treated with warmth, empathy, and openness. The most important part of our work is the development of a trusting relationship. This relationship creates a thoughtful, safe space to explore your strengths, challenges, and goals. My approach to clinical work is largely relational and psychodynamic.
Welcome. I work with children, adolescents, and adults coping with relational, attachment, and anxiety disorders. In my practice, therapy often entails exploring the impact of early attachment experiences on our views of self and our ability to form close, meaningful relationships throughout life. In our work together, you will be treated with warmth, empathy, and openness. The most important part of our work is the development of a trusting relationship. This relationship creates a thoughtful, safe space to explore your strengths, challenges, and goals. My approach to clinical work is largely relational and psychodynamic.
(510) 240-1972 View (510) 240-1972
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Rob Gross
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501  (Online Only)
With that as an essential goal, I find Internal Family Systems, psychodynamic and attachment work, Somatic Experiencing and ACT as excellent tools for becoming who we feel we actually are.
As a therapist, I am concerned with the emotional or physical injuries that have happened to us. I’m interested in harm that is family based, societally based, or both. I see the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that don't serve us well now as having been required in our past for survival in a traumatic environment. Many of my clients are neurodivergent, and have been subject to harm ranging from ongoing lack of support to severe abuse because of this.
With that as an essential goal, I find Internal Family Systems, psychodynamic and attachment work, Somatic Experiencing and ACT as excellent tools for becoming who we feel we actually are.
As a therapist, I am concerned with the emotional or physical injuries that have happened to us. I’m interested in harm that is family based, societally based, or both. I see the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that don't serve us well now as having been required in our past for survival in a traumatic environment. Many of my clients are neurodivergent, and have been subject to harm ranging from ongoing lack of support to severe abuse because of this.
(510) 900-5368 View (510) 900-5368
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Gina Giarrusso
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501  (Online Only)
I offer clients both psychodynamic and behavioral approaches in order to address issues including depression, anxiety, concerns with substance use, caregiver fatigue, coping with illness, grief, and trauma.
We all possess resilience and strength to achieve healing and personal growth. It is my privilege to empower clients to navigate life’s challenges and move toward joy through a client-centered therapy approach. I utilize a strength-based perspective, direct communication, and touch of humor to assist clients in reaching their therapeutic goals. I practice through a lens of cultural humility and strive to create a welcoming therapeutic space that acknowledges systemic oppression's impact on mental health. I have experience working in trauma hospital acute care and emergency department settings.
I offer clients both psychodynamic and behavioral approaches in order to address issues including depression, anxiety, concerns with substance use, caregiver fatigue, coping with illness, grief, and trauma.
We all possess resilience and strength to achieve healing and personal growth. It is my privilege to empower clients to navigate life’s challenges and move toward joy through a client-centered therapy approach. I utilize a strength-based perspective, direct communication, and touch of humor to assist clients in reaching their therapeutic goals. I practice through a lens of cultural humility and strive to create a welcoming therapeutic space that acknowledges systemic oppression's impact on mental health. I have experience working in trauma hospital acute care and emergency department settings.
(415) 214-8079 View (415) 214-8079
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Madeline Winard
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
I practice relationally through a trauma-informed lens, and weave psychodynamic and attachment theories into our work.
I work with a diversity of folks in my office in Alameda and virtually throughout California. In my practice, I love working with adolescents and adults of all ages. I have a special interest in working with clients who identify as LGBTQIA+ and/or queer, folks who are questioning and exploring their identities, and individuals who are going through transitions. My clinical interests include anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, sexuality and asexuality, attachment, and relationship issues. I identify as a queer, white, and Jewish woman, and I understand the ways in which our social and cultural identities impact us.
I practice relationally through a trauma-informed lens, and weave psychodynamic and attachment theories into our work.
I work with a diversity of folks in my office in Alameda and virtually throughout California. In my practice, I love working with adolescents and adults of all ages. I have a special interest in working with clients who identify as LGBTQIA+ and/or queer, folks who are questioning and exploring their identities, and individuals who are going through transitions. My clinical interests include anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, sexuality and asexuality, attachment, and relationship issues. I identify as a queer, white, and Jewish woman, and I understand the ways in which our social and cultural identities impact us.
(415) 895-9629 View (415) 895-9629
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Alexis Wolf
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94502
Hi there, I'm Alexis, a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 20 years of experience. I help individuals with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, self esteem, relationship issues, adolescent/teen issues, and more. In my practice, I use motivational interviewing, a goal-directed technique that allows my client to explore and discover the possibility of changes within one’s self. I use a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Narrative, Family systems, Existential, Psychodynamic, Acceptance, and Commitment therapy. By focusing on the positives, my clients can start to see the progress they are making.
Hi there, I'm Alexis, a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 20 years of experience. I help individuals with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, self esteem, relationship issues, adolescent/teen issues, and more. In my practice, I use motivational interviewing, a goal-directed technique that allows my client to explore and discover the possibility of changes within one’s self. I use a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Narrative, Family systems, Existential, Psychodynamic, Acceptance, and Commitment therapy. By focusing on the positives, my clients can start to see the progress they are making.
(530) 460-6066 View (530) 460-6066
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Anne Brace
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
I am influenced by Solution Based, Cognitive Behavioral, Humanistic Existential, Psychodynamic, and Gestalt approaches.
Hello, my name is Anne Brace. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I've had many years of experience helping diverse clients create safe and fulfilling lives. I look forward to collaborating with new clients on their unique challenges. I have worked most often with adult women and have also provided mental health services to adult men, teenagers, children, and families. I am currently most interested in working with adults, on issues of anxiety, self-confidence/assertiveness, mood challenges, trauma histories, attachment/parenting, LGBTQ+ concerns, and culture-based stresses.
I am influenced by Solution Based, Cognitive Behavioral, Humanistic Existential, Psychodynamic, and Gestalt approaches.
Hello, my name is Anne Brace. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I've had many years of experience helping diverse clients create safe and fulfilling lives. I look forward to collaborating with new clients on their unique challenges. I have worked most often with adult women and have also provided mental health services to adult men, teenagers, children, and families. I am currently most interested in working with adults, on issues of anxiety, self-confidence/assertiveness, mood challenges, trauma histories, attachment/parenting, LGBTQ+ concerns, and culture-based stresses.
(619) 853-4094 View (619) 853-4094
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Jacob Donnelly
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Alameda, CA 94502  (Online Only)
I also provide longer-term psychodynamic-oriented therapy for those who want to go deeper.
I am a non-judgmental, active therapist, specializing in substance use/addictions, anxiety, anger, depression, trauma, chronic pain and illness, relationships, and work stress. Prior to private practice, I was the Clinical Director at a San Francisco non-profit serving veterans. I enjoy working with adults, older adults, older teens (16+) and couples. Whether you want to get support around new changes in your life that are causing you pain and worry, or work through problems that have been with you for years, my goal is to help you feel relief, feel empowered, and work through the things that are out of your control.
I also provide longer-term psychodynamic-oriented therapy for those who want to go deeper.
I am a non-judgmental, active therapist, specializing in substance use/addictions, anxiety, anger, depression, trauma, chronic pain and illness, relationships, and work stress. Prior to private practice, I was the Clinical Director at a San Francisco non-profit serving veterans. I enjoy working with adults, older adults, older teens (16+) and couples. Whether you want to get support around new changes in your life that are causing you pain and worry, or work through problems that have been with you for years, my goal is to help you feel relief, feel empowered, and work through the things that are out of your control.
(510) 399-1667 View (510) 399-1667
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India Diggins
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Alameda, CA 94501  (Online Only)
My approach is psychodynamic, relational, and insight-oriented with a holistic focus on the mind-body continuum.
My approach is psychodynamic, relational, and insight-oriented with a holistic focus on the mind-body continuum.
(786) 244-7347 View (786) 244-7347
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Michelle Juhasz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
These approaches include Cognitive Behavioral intervention, psychodynamic interventions, holistic approaches and mindfulness-based tools and exercises.
My name is Michelle Juhasz. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, licensed in the states of California and New Jersey. I use a client-centered, strengths-based approach to my therapy practice, focusing on improving one's mindset and thought processes to gain a better sense of self and increase positive functioning. I work with adults ages 18+ from a variety of cultural identities, backgrounds and orientations. I treat those suffering from mood and anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, individuals impacted by trauma, stress and life adjustments.
These approaches include Cognitive Behavioral intervention, psychodynamic interventions, holistic approaches and mindfulness-based tools and exercises.
My name is Michelle Juhasz. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, licensed in the states of California and New Jersey. I use a client-centered, strengths-based approach to my therapy practice, focusing on improving one's mindset and thought processes to gain a better sense of self and increase positive functioning. I work with adults ages 18+ from a variety of cultural identities, backgrounds and orientations. I treat those suffering from mood and anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, individuals impacted by trauma, stress and life adjustments.
(951) 468-9539 View (951) 468-9539
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Joy Cornell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
She uses various modalities, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy to help clients achieve their goals.
Joy Cornell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 24 years of counseling experience. She obtained her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Joy has experience working with children and adults in community counseling centers. She has also served the public for over 12 years while working as a Mental Health Clinician for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Joy has many years of experience in the areas of depression, anxiety, relationship issues, victims of abuse, codependency and trauma resolution.
She uses various modalities, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy to help clients achieve their goals.
Joy Cornell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 24 years of counseling experience. She obtained her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Joy has experience working with children and adults in community counseling centers. She has also served the public for over 12 years while working as a Mental Health Clinician for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Joy has many years of experience in the areas of depression, anxiety, relationship issues, victims of abuse, codependency and trauma resolution.
(858) 951-1765 View (858) 951-1765
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Lili Shidlovski
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alameda, CA 94501
My clinical background includes relational psychodynamic and family systems theory, as well as a feminist and social justice perspective.
We are now in a communal health crisis together. It exacerbates feelings of anxiety and depression that we may have, and can make us spin as we try to adjust to Pandemic reality. Many of my clients are parents, people with career questions, immigrants, social justice workers. Many are either coping with a current situational issue that is confusing, overwhelming, or painful, or with a longer term pattern that they would like to change. I work in an engaged manner, hoping to build trust and a collaborative relationship that will allow you to look at old patterns and create new emotional and behavioral options, especially now.
My clinical background includes relational psychodynamic and family systems theory, as well as a feminist and social justice perspective.
We are now in a communal health crisis together. It exacerbates feelings of anxiety and depression that we may have, and can make us spin as we try to adjust to Pandemic reality. Many of my clients are parents, people with career questions, immigrants, social justice workers. Many are either coping with a current situational issue that is confusing, overwhelming, or painful, or with a longer term pattern that they would like to change. I work in an engaged manner, hoping to build trust and a collaborative relationship that will allow you to look at old patterns and create new emotional and behavioral options, especially now.
(415) 630-5757 View (415) 630-5757
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Alena Hutchinson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alameda, CA 94502
With training in transpersonal, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral approaches, I bring a variety of techniques and insights to our work.
My approach in therapy is to create a warm, non-judgmental, interactive atmosphere in which we can bring the wisdom of your highest and best self to your current difficulties and dilemmas. I am attuned to the effect of unconscious patterns that begin in childhood and yet try to work in the present, trusting that the past -- to the extent it is important -- will show up in the present. My belief is that human beings naturally tend toward wholeness. I use education and mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral techniques to enable you to participate fully in your own healing and growth.
With training in transpersonal, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral approaches, I bring a variety of techniques and insights to our work.
My approach in therapy is to create a warm, non-judgmental, interactive atmosphere in which we can bring the wisdom of your highest and best self to your current difficulties and dilemmas. I am attuned to the effect of unconscious patterns that begin in childhood and yet try to work in the present, trusting that the past -- to the extent it is important -- will show up in the present. My belief is that human beings naturally tend toward wholeness. I use education and mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral techniques to enable you to participate fully in your own healing and growth.
(415) 397-8300 View (415) 397-8300
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Janine Sandler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Alameda, CA 94501
I incorporate mindfulness practice into all work and utilize Internal Family Systems, CBT, Brainspotting and Psychodynamic approaches.
Change, healing and growth are no small tasks. I know this first hand and am here to help others find their own success overcoming the pain and obstacles they encounter throughout life. I work collaboratively with individuals to identify sources of stress, discover unsuccessful patterns, embrace difficult feelings and develop both internal and external resources for getting to where they want to go. I hope to foster greater self-awareness, acceptance and compassion in all of my clients. I work frequently with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, social anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, attachment wounds and life transitions.
I incorporate mindfulness practice into all work and utilize Internal Family Systems, CBT, Brainspotting and Psychodynamic approaches.
Change, healing and growth are no small tasks. I know this first hand and am here to help others find their own success overcoming the pain and obstacles they encounter throughout life. I work collaboratively with individuals to identify sources of stress, discover unsuccessful patterns, embrace difficult feelings and develop both internal and external resources for getting to where they want to go. I hope to foster greater self-awareness, acceptance and compassion in all of my clients. I work frequently with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, social anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, attachment wounds and life transitions.
(510) 306-7192 View (510) 306-7192
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Natalia Rivera
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alameda, CA 94501
I take a holistic approach to therapy, blending evidence-based practices in a psychodynamic framework.
Feeling alone while surrounded by people intensifies the loneliness. No matter how much you try to do everything right, you somehow always feel like you're looking through a piece of glass. Maybe you've kept a few friendships but lost more than you can count without any reason provided. You'd rather be home than go out because socializing is exhausting. You've been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, or more in the past, and while some symptoms have subsided with treatment, it doesn't seem to fully leave you. You've always felt like an outsider even when you try your hardest to fit in.
I take a holistic approach to therapy, blending evidence-based practices in a psychodynamic framework.
Feeling alone while surrounded by people intensifies the loneliness. No matter how much you try to do everything right, you somehow always feel like you're looking through a piece of glass. Maybe you've kept a few friendships but lost more than you can count without any reason provided. You'd rather be home than go out because socializing is exhausting. You've been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, or more in the past, and while some symptoms have subsided with treatment, it doesn't seem to fully leave you. You've always felt like an outsider even when you try your hardest to fit in.
(510) 447-1494 View (510) 447-1494
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Chantal Daley
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
Do you find yourself having a difficult time coping with anxiety, depression, and trauma? Do you have a hard time communicating and setting boundaries with others? Life is full of obstacles and hardships that may be difficult to overcome without the right tools, resources, and, guidance leading to the manifestation of these symptoms. I specialize in working with adults, couples, and adolescents using a Psychodynamic approach to explore unconscious thoughts and behaviors. In doing this, we are able to collaboratively recognize old ineffective patterns and process unresolved feelings and trauma.
Do you find yourself having a difficult time coping with anxiety, depression, and trauma? Do you have a hard time communicating and setting boundaries with others? Life is full of obstacles and hardships that may be difficult to overcome without the right tools, resources, and, guidance leading to the manifestation of these symptoms. I specialize in working with adults, couples, and adolescents using a Psychodynamic approach to explore unconscious thoughts and behaviors. In doing this, we are able to collaboratively recognize old ineffective patterns and process unresolved feelings and trauma.
(415) 942-8396 View (415) 942-8396
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Jamie Bennett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94502  (Online Only)
She first conducts a psychodynamic exploration and collaborates with patients to create meaningful, individualized goals.
Jamie Bennett is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of California with over 8 years of counseling experience. She specializes in treating children, teens, and adults who are suffering from anxiety disorders, depression, life transitions, mood, and personality disorders. She has honed a comprehensive therapeutic style to best support patients’ sustainable life changes. Jamie currently works in an individual capacity with adolescents and adults, identifying their most pervasive symptoms with the intention of liberating them from their emotional confines.
She first conducts a psychodynamic exploration and collaborates with patients to create meaningful, individualized goals.
Jamie Bennett is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of California with over 8 years of counseling experience. She specializes in treating children, teens, and adults who are suffering from anxiety disorders, depression, life transitions, mood, and personality disorders. She has honed a comprehensive therapeutic style to best support patients’ sustainable life changes. Jamie currently works in an individual capacity with adolescents and adults, identifying their most pervasive symptoms with the intention of liberating them from their emotional confines.
(707) 238-7092 View (707) 238-7092
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Kathlynn Gates
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
In my practice, I utilize CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic theory, and attachment theory to help clients experience healing that involves engaging both the mind and body.
Are you experiencing challenges dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship/family issues, and trauma/PTSD? Due to these symptoms, we can be in too much emotional pain and feel too stuck to reframe our perceptions or to find solutions to our problems. Childhood or recent trauma can cause emotional distress that can be difficult to process. I am here to support you in working through unresolved trauma and guide you toward healing. Therefore, you can feel empowered, rejuvenated, and enthusiastic about life again.
In my practice, I utilize CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic theory, and attachment theory to help clients experience healing that involves engaging both the mind and body.
Are you experiencing challenges dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship/family issues, and trauma/PTSD? Due to these symptoms, we can be in too much emotional pain and feel too stuck to reframe our perceptions or to find solutions to our problems. Childhood or recent trauma can cause emotional distress that can be difficult to process. I am here to support you in working through unresolved trauma and guide you toward healing. Therefore, you can feel empowered, rejuvenated, and enthusiastic about life again.
(415) 915-0236 View (415) 915-0236
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Laurel Salmon
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
Utilizing CBT, mindfulness, and psychodynamic perspectives, I provide therapy through a holistic lens, aiming to see my clients from a full picture rather than just their symptomatology.
Experiencing anxiety, depression, and trauma can be hard to navigate on one’s own. Through the use of integrative modalities, my goal is to help you find your way so that you can manage symptoms, feel your best, discover who you truly are, and move forward in the direction of your dreams whereby your past no longer holds you back. Using warmth and compassion, I also aim to provide trauma-informed care to discuss your struggles without judgment and safely process unresolved trauma and feelings.
Utilizing CBT, mindfulness, and psychodynamic perspectives, I provide therapy through a holistic lens, aiming to see my clients from a full picture rather than just their symptomatology.
Experiencing anxiety, depression, and trauma can be hard to navigate on one’s own. Through the use of integrative modalities, my goal is to help you find your way so that you can manage symptoms, feel your best, discover who you truly are, and move forward in the direction of your dreams whereby your past no longer holds you back. Using warmth and compassion, I also aim to provide trauma-informed care to discuss your struggles without judgment and safely process unresolved trauma and feelings.
(415) 223-8845 View (415) 223-8845
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Alexa Enyart
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
I utilize CBT to explore and reframe negative thought patterns, DBT to equip you with coping skills for anxiety & depression and psychodynamic therapy to understand your trauma and unconscious desire and promote insight for lasting change.
Do you feel as though your anxiety and depression are unmanageable? How about feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or helplessness like you’ve hit rock bottom and are struggling to find hope for tomorrow? Once we start to unravel the details of our past and trauma we give ourselves the ability to process feelings that we have long suppressed. I aim to collaborate with you and provide tools to decrease the challenging feelings you are currently facing and achieve a more integrated and balanced sense of self, leading to emotional healing and personal growth.
I utilize CBT to explore and reframe negative thought patterns, DBT to equip you with coping skills for anxiety & depression and psychodynamic therapy to understand your trauma and unconscious desire and promote insight for lasting change.
Do you feel as though your anxiety and depression are unmanageable? How about feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or helplessness like you’ve hit rock bottom and are struggling to find hope for tomorrow? Once we start to unravel the details of our past and trauma we give ourselves the ability to process feelings that we have long suppressed. I aim to collaborate with you and provide tools to decrease the challenging feelings you are currently facing and achieve a more integrated and balanced sense of self, leading to emotional healing and personal growth.
(415) 909-5493 View (415) 909-5493
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Justine Gordon
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
I draw from EMDR, psychodynamic therapy, CBT, and DBT.
Navigating life's challenges is never easy, but reaching out for help is a brave first step to living a more genuine and fulfilling life. I have expertise in working with individuals struggling with childhood trauma and trauma-related symptoms such as grief, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and relational conflict. I believe every client is unique and deserves to be listened to and understood in an empathetic way. I am passionate about creating a safe, kind, collaborative and judgment-free space where clients can attain new insights, experience new feelings, and find a renewed sense of physical and mental well-being.
I draw from EMDR, psychodynamic therapy, CBT, and DBT.
Navigating life's challenges is never easy, but reaching out for help is a brave first step to living a more genuine and fulfilling life. I have expertise in working with individuals struggling with childhood trauma and trauma-related symptoms such as grief, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and relational conflict. I believe every client is unique and deserves to be listened to and understood in an empathetic way. I am passionate about creating a safe, kind, collaborative and judgment-free space where clients can attain new insights, experience new feelings, and find a renewed sense of physical and mental well-being.
(415) 936-0776 View (415) 936-0776
Psychodynamic Therapists

Is psychodynamic therapy evidence-based?

Studies have found psychodynamic therapy to be effective in treating conditions like social anxiety, eating disorders, chronic pain, some personality disorders, and depression; indeed, some studies have found it to be just as effective as CBT or medication. What’s more, several studies have found that the benefits of psychodynamic therapy tend to endure—even grow—long after treatment has ended.

How long does psychodynamic therapy last?

Unlike CBT and other more structured forms of therapy, psychodynamic therapy tends to be open-ended and may not be limited to a set number of sessions. It is common for clients to be in therapy for a year or longer and to see their therapist one to three times a week, though the exact schedule and timeline may vary depending on a client’s challenges and progress. However, brief psychodynamic therapy is available, which tends to be more goal-oriented and typically unfolds over 16 to 30 sessions.

Does psychodynamic therapy work?

Research finds that psychodynamic therapy can help someone manage or reduce symptoms of diagnosable mental health conditions like depression or anxiety. The modality may also offer a range of benefits that are harder to measure but just as valuable—such as increased self-worth or healthier relationships. While no therapy type will work for everyone, research and anecdotal evidence suggest that psychodynamic therapy can be highly effective.

What are the limitations of psychodynamic therapy?

Some meta-analyses have concluded that there is little evidence to suggest that psychodynamic therapy can effectively treat certain mental health conditions such as PTSD, OCD, or psychosis, though it is sometimes used to do so. More broadly, the open-ended, free-association structure of psychodynamic therapy may be frustrating for clients who prefer a more structured, time-limited, or goal-oriented approach.