Psychodynamic Therapists in Oakland, CA

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Willow Pearson Trimbach
Psychologist, PsyD, LMFT, MT-BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94608  (Online Only)
My practice emphasizes integral, psychodynamic psychotherapy and consultation for a variety of psychological, relational, medical, cultural, and spiritual issues. I specialize in working with adults who grapple with anxiety, depression, loss, stress, health, disability, identity, sexuality, relationships, transitions, trauma, creativity, spirituality, life path/purpose/meaning and fulfillment. I also enjoy providing consultation to colleagues. Building on my fifteen years of private practice experience during my twenty years as a licensed clinician, it is my joy to combine private practice in Oakland with my teaching at CIIS.
My practice emphasizes integral, psychodynamic psychotherapy and consultation for a variety of psychological, relational, medical, cultural, and spiritual issues. I specialize in working with adults who grapple with anxiety, depression, loss, stress, health, disability, identity, sexuality, relationships, transitions, trauma, creativity, spirituality, life path/purpose/meaning and fulfillment. I also enjoy providing consultation to colleagues. Building on my fifteen years of private practice experience during my twenty years as a licensed clinician, it is my joy to combine private practice in Oakland with my teaching at CIIS.
(650) 620-7927 View (650) 620-7927
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Heather Hardeman Galvano
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
6 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94612  (Online Only)
I draw from psychodynamic and mindfulness approaches.
It can be vulnerable to start therapy; it takes courage. I believe it can be very rewarding and is one of the most powerful paths of transformation. Being in therapy is an opportunity to look at your life, and to learn new ways of relating to yourself, to others, and to your circumstances. This process can ease the pain of whatever difficulty you may be going through. It is an opportunity to not have to be alone with your pain, but to have the support and guidance of someone who is familiar with the terrain of the human psyche.
I draw from psychodynamic and mindfulness approaches.
It can be vulnerable to start therapy; it takes courage. I believe it can be very rewarding and is one of the most powerful paths of transformation. Being in therapy is an opportunity to look at your life, and to learn new ways of relating to yourself, to others, and to your circumstances. This process can ease the pain of whatever difficulty you may be going through. It is an opportunity to not have to be alone with your pain, but to have the support and guidance of someone who is familiar with the terrain of the human psyche.
(210) 248-8068 View (210) 248-8068
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Niku (Nick) Ashok Shah
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
As a queer, South Asian American therapist, I specialize in providing body-centered psychodynamic therapy to Queer, Trans, Non-Binary, people of color and immigrants of the diasporas. With a relational and somatic approach in treatment, I can help you manage depression, anxiety, overwhelm, worry, stress and dis-ease. My hope is to help you heal trauma, manage dissociation, build insight around how your mind works and compassionately transform unhelpful internalized messages. I specialize in working with adults and teens.
As a queer, South Asian American therapist, I specialize in providing body-centered psychodynamic therapy to Queer, Trans, Non-Binary, people of color and immigrants of the diasporas. With a relational and somatic approach in treatment, I can help you manage depression, anxiety, overwhelm, worry, stress and dis-ease. My hope is to help you heal trauma, manage dissociation, build insight around how your mind works and compassionately transform unhelpful internalized messages. I specialize in working with adults and teens.
(510) 473-2440 View (510) 473-2440
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Philip James Keddy
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
Waitlist for new clients
The psychodynamic/Jungian approach to therapy means we would discuss dreams, feelings, fantasies - your hopes for the future.
I offer psychotherapy, personality testing with feedback, and individual treatment of addictions. My approach to therapy is flexible but especially inspired by psychodynamic, Jungian and existential thought. Collaborative assessment means that together you and I would look at the results of tests and interviews to help answer questions you have about yourself, to get to know you more quickly and to focus the therapy. This kind of assessment can be a brief therapeutic intervention in itself. I also have a specialization in working with addictions, with motivational interviewing.
The psychodynamic/Jungian approach to therapy means we would discuss dreams, feelings, fantasies - your hopes for the future.
I offer psychotherapy, personality testing with feedback, and individual treatment of addictions. My approach to therapy is flexible but especially inspired by psychodynamic, Jungian and existential thought. Collaborative assessment means that together you and I would look at the results of tests and interviews to help answer questions you have about yourself, to get to know you more quickly and to focus the therapy. This kind of assessment can be a brief therapeutic intervention in itself. I also have a specialization in working with addictions, with motivational interviewing.
(510) 470-7779 View (510) 470-7779
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Dr. Alicia Johnson
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Working from a client-centered, psychodynamic framework, my approach is warm, collaborative, and rooted in principles of healing justice and trauma-informed care.
There are times in life when we realize that something isn't working for us anymore, and we need support to make sense of it all. It can be hard to carry our challenges alone, and a true relief to have someone help us hold them. My clients come to me with a range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, life transitions, career challenges, family conflict, and identity development. Above all, we will use therapy as an opportunity for you to heal, to evolve, and to grow. Taking this first step can be difficult, but on the other side of it lies the discovery of your full potential.
Working from a client-centered, psychodynamic framework, my approach is warm, collaborative, and rooted in principles of healing justice and trauma-informed care.
There are times in life when we realize that something isn't working for us anymore, and we need support to make sense of it all. It can be hard to carry our challenges alone, and a true relief to have someone help us hold them. My clients come to me with a range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, life transitions, career challenges, family conflict, and identity development. Above all, we will use therapy as an opportunity for you to heal, to evolve, and to grow. Taking this first step can be difficult, but on the other side of it lies the discovery of your full potential.
(510) 398-4410 View (510) 398-4410
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Megan Ellis Van Vlack
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
I offer psychodynamic-psychotherapy that can be playful and imaginative, while also serious in its task to find relief and resolution.
The decision to begin psychotherapy can come about for a variety of reasons. This may be your first time in therapy or it’s just the right time to get a fresh perspective. You may be struggling with feelings and experiences that are hard to make sense of, like grief, anxiety, loneliness, stress, exhaustion, shame, anger, and/or emptiness. You may feel stuck, like you’ve tried everything, and nothing is working. It’s getting to be more difficult to stay motivated, to stay focused, and to enjoy the things that you love. Psychotherapy can help to relieve these stressors and reduce anxiety and depression.
I offer psychodynamic-psychotherapy that can be playful and imaginative, while also serious in its task to find relief and resolution.
The decision to begin psychotherapy can come about for a variety of reasons. This may be your first time in therapy or it’s just the right time to get a fresh perspective. You may be struggling with feelings and experiences that are hard to make sense of, like grief, anxiety, loneliness, stress, exhaustion, shame, anger, and/or emptiness. You may feel stuck, like you’ve tried everything, and nothing is working. It’s getting to be more difficult to stay motivated, to stay focused, and to enjoy the things that you love. Psychotherapy can help to relieve these stressors and reduce anxiety and depression.
(415) 914-9740 View (415) 914-9740
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Christian Lozano
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
I use an integrative approach to psychotherapy, combining my psychodynamic educational background with cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR and mindfulness techniques.
Hello, I am a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in the East Bay Area, California. I also offer Telehealth services for patients who reside in New York and California. Bilingual therapy is provided in English/Spanish. I specialize in working with clients who experience depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, life transitions, and relationship issues. In my practice, I strive to create a warm, trusting and supportive environment, which I believe is essential to the healing process. I work collaboratively with clients to address their emotional distress and help them achieve self-growth and the changes they are looking for.
I use an integrative approach to psychotherapy, combining my psychodynamic educational background with cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR and mindfulness techniques.
Hello, I am a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in the East Bay Area, California. I also offer Telehealth services for patients who reside in New York and California. Bilingual therapy is provided in English/Spanish. I specialize in working with clients who experience depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, life transitions, and relationship issues. In my practice, I strive to create a warm, trusting and supportive environment, which I believe is essential to the healing process. I work collaboratively with clients to address their emotional distress and help them achieve self-growth and the changes they are looking for.
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Jackson Doyle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94602  (Online Only)
My treatment approach is trauma-informed and integrative, drawing from evidence-based modalities such as CBT, ACT, and DBT, as well as depth and insight-oriented techniques from my training in psychodynamic practice.
As a psychotherapist with a decade of experience in hospitals, primary care clinics, and the broader public health system, I have experience with a wide range of issues and with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
My treatment approach is trauma-informed and integrative, drawing from evidence-based modalities such as CBT, ACT, and DBT, as well as depth and insight-oriented techniques from my training in psychodynamic practice.
As a psychotherapist with a decade of experience in hospitals, primary care clinics, and the broader public health system, I have experience with a wide range of issues and with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
(510) 800-9801 View (510) 800-9801
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Charles Marco Aquilina
Psychologist, PsyD, MA, BA, AA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611
Hi there, I primarily work in substance use recovery (abstinence and harm reduction) and trauma recovery. I also have specialized training in treating anxiety, depression, and sleep issues/insomnia. My treatment orientation is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy concepts, however the foundation of my early training was Psychodynamic.
Hi there, I primarily work in substance use recovery (abstinence and harm reduction) and trauma recovery. I also have specialized training in treating anxiety, depression, and sleep issues/insomnia. My treatment orientation is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy concepts, however the foundation of my early training was Psychodynamic.
(510) 878-3486 View (510) 878-3486
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Sandy Huynh
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
Change is the one constant in life - but how do we adapt or make sense of it? My approach is relational and warm, with a focus on holding an expansive container for you to explore the depth of your feelings and what they mean to you. I integrate mindfulness based breathing practices, body based awareness exercises, Eastern/Western philosophy, a psychodynamic (how the past impacts the present) lens, and the belief that we're all imperfect humans trying to figure out this messy endeavor of being alive. I welcome all the parts that make up who you are and the wisdom they have to share.
Change is the one constant in life - but how do we adapt or make sense of it? My approach is relational and warm, with a focus on holding an expansive container for you to explore the depth of your feelings and what they mean to you. I integrate mindfulness based breathing practices, body based awareness exercises, Eastern/Western philosophy, a psychodynamic (how the past impacts the present) lens, and the belief that we're all imperfect humans trying to figure out this messy endeavor of being alive. I welcome all the parts that make up who you are and the wisdom they have to share.
(510) 328-4109 View (510) 328-4109
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Alena Hutchinson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609
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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Maura Darrow
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94601
I have over 10 years of experience working as a clinician in a variety of settings. I am adept at working with patients affected by addiction, complex trauma, as well as depression and anxiety. I have also helped many people who have experienced medical trauma, as well as life-changing illness and injury. My counseling style is warm and engaging. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach is client-centered and trauma-informed, combining psychodynamic therapy and narrative counseling with mindfulness to meet your unique and specific needs.
I have over 10 years of experience working as a clinician in a variety of settings. I am adept at working with patients affected by addiction, complex trauma, as well as depression and anxiety. I have also helped many people who have experienced medical trauma, as well as life-changing illness and injury. My counseling style is warm and engaging. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach is client-centered and trauma-informed, combining psychodynamic therapy and narrative counseling with mindfulness to meet your unique and specific needs.
(510) 253-0677 View (510) 253-0677
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Eva Klein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
I incorporate psychodynamic, relational, and strength-based techniques to help facilitate change and bring about relief.
In my practice, I see children, adolescents and adults who are seeking help for a variety of reasons. Common areas of need include depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and relationship difficulties. With children, these concerns may express themselves through externalizing behaviors at school and/or at home. I offer an open, non-judgmental, and safe therapeutic relationship. My approach is adapted carefully to individual needs and is inclusive in regard to gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, culture, class, and religious/spiritual orientation. I work with many LGBTQ+ individuals in my practice.
I incorporate psychodynamic, relational, and strength-based techniques to help facilitate change and bring about relief.
In my practice, I see children, adolescents and adults who are seeking help for a variety of reasons. Common areas of need include depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and relationship difficulties. With children, these concerns may express themselves through externalizing behaviors at school and/or at home. I offer an open, non-judgmental, and safe therapeutic relationship. My approach is adapted carefully to individual needs and is inclusive in regard to gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, culture, class, and religious/spiritual orientation. I work with many LGBTQ+ individuals in my practice.
(510) 640-8279 View (510) 640-8279
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Sarah Koch-Schiller
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
I am originally trained as a psychodynamic therapist.
Thank you so much for visiting my page. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist with over a decade of experience providing psychotherapy to adults, families, and children. I am a relational therapist, meaning that I deeply value the healing aspects of the therapeutic relationship, and work collaboratively with my clients to ensure therapy is meaningful and aligned with treatment goals.
I am originally trained as a psychodynamic therapist.
Thank you so much for visiting my page. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist with over a decade of experience providing psychotherapy to adults, families, and children. I am a relational therapist, meaning that I deeply value the healing aspects of the therapeutic relationship, and work collaboratively with my clients to ensure therapy is meaningful and aligned with treatment goals.
(628) 216-2060 View (628) 216-2060
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Shirley Johnson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT , MA, CYT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
I primarily work relationally with clients and thinking about psychotherapy through the lens of integral, gestalt, multicultural, psychodynamic, and sex-positive lenses.
Carl Jung said, "I would rather be whole than good." Very often we put pressure on ourselves to "be" a certain way, so much that life can start to feel like acting versus living. This pressure tends to place stress on individuals and can often lead to anxiety, depression, and stress. I believe that therapy can be a tool to take off the masks we have learned to put on and begin to live from our whole self; finding freedom and our creativity. I believe that through compassion for all the parts of ourself we step closer to freedom.
I primarily work relationally with clients and thinking about psychotherapy through the lens of integral, gestalt, multicultural, psychodynamic, and sex-positive lenses.
Carl Jung said, "I would rather be whole than good." Very often we put pressure on ourselves to "be" a certain way, so much that life can start to feel like acting versus living. This pressure tends to place stress on individuals and can often lead to anxiety, depression, and stress. I believe that therapy can be a tool to take off the masks we have learned to put on and begin to live from our whole self; finding freedom and our creativity. I believe that through compassion for all the parts of ourself we step closer to freedom.
(510) 944-1581 View (510) 944-1581
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Cameo Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
I utilize an approach that emphasizes honesty and transparency, collaboration, and support without judgment through multiple therapy styles, such as Psychodynamic Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Solution Focused Therapy, among others.
I specialize in working with transitional-age youth and young adults age 14 and up. I guide each session with a social justice and trauma-informed lens to support your mental, emotional, and social development. This includes supporting you in managing practical life challenges such as education, employment, and interpersonal communication, as well as more complex obstacles like imposter syndrome, financial values, and intimate relationship dynamics/composition. If you are interested in beginning your journey toward becoming more a confident, introspective, emotionally balanced individual, I will be here every step of the way.
I utilize an approach that emphasizes honesty and transparency, collaboration, and support without judgment through multiple therapy styles, such as Psychodynamic Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Solution Focused Therapy, among others.
I specialize in working with transitional-age youth and young adults age 14 and up. I guide each session with a social justice and trauma-informed lens to support your mental, emotional, and social development. This includes supporting you in managing practical life challenges such as education, employment, and interpersonal communication, as well as more complex obstacles like imposter syndrome, financial values, and intimate relationship dynamics/composition. If you are interested in beginning your journey toward becoming more a confident, introspective, emotionally balanced individual, I will be here every step of the way.
(510) 936-7611 View (510) 936-7611
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Jennifer Fatzler
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
Unlike some other forms of therapy, psychodynamic therapy is designed to help you develop greater self awareness and to resolve deeper underlying issues that may be the cause of symptoms or relationship problems.
Welcome. Are you repeating the same patterns and don't understand why? Have you attempted to change only to find yourself in the same situations with the same problems? I am a CA licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience helping people address their mental health needs and to improve their relationships and their quality of life. I am educated and trained in both psychodynamic and family systems therapy which informs my work.
Unlike some other forms of therapy, psychodynamic therapy is designed to help you develop greater self awareness and to resolve deeper underlying issues that may be the cause of symptoms or relationship problems.
Welcome. Are you repeating the same patterns and don't understand why? Have you attempted to change only to find yourself in the same situations with the same problems? I am a CA licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience helping people address their mental health needs and to improve their relationships and their quality of life. I am educated and trained in both psychodynamic and family systems therapy which informs my work.
(510) 945-1007 View (510) 945-1007
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Anjuelle Floyd
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
Using a psychodynamic framework I incorporate unconditional positive regard with affective deepening and expression towards the larger goal of developing greater self-trust by validating clients' experiences and honoring the emotional truth(s) that resides in each individual from the perspectives they hold regarding the experiences they have undergone.
Everyone is doing the best that we can. It's not always easy to see this. Life is challenging at best. It drains hope from our lives at its worst. When we are able to hold ourselves in the best light, life and the world take on greater meaning and purpose. I work to help clients accept they are doing their level best, while facilitating them to develop more self-compassion. Accepting ourselves without judgement allows us to the see the gifts that we are, and use our challenges as points of growth.
Using a psychodynamic framework I incorporate unconditional positive regard with affective deepening and expression towards the larger goal of developing greater self-trust by validating clients' experiences and honoring the emotional truth(s) that resides in each individual from the perspectives they hold regarding the experiences they have undergone.
Everyone is doing the best that we can. It's not always easy to see this. Life is challenging at best. It drains hope from our lives at its worst. When we are able to hold ourselves in the best light, life and the world take on greater meaning and purpose. I work to help clients accept they are doing their level best, while facilitating them to develop more self-compassion. Accepting ourselves without judgement allows us to the see the gifts that we are, and use our challenges as points of growth.
(925) 478-3693 View (925) 478-3693
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Patrick D. Chrisman
Psychologist, BA, MA, PsyD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611
I believe that understanding and compassion are vital for building trust, mutual respect, and openness, all of which are essential in forming a therapeutic relationship that can encourage change. My style in therapy is a mix of person-centered, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic theories. With children I utilize a variety of expressive therapies including play, art, narrative, sand tray and bibliotherapy. In working with children, adolescents and adults, I use a cognitive behavioral therapeutic approach.
I believe that understanding and compassion are vital for building trust, mutual respect, and openness, all of which are essential in forming a therapeutic relationship that can encourage change. My style in therapy is a mix of person-centered, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic theories. With children I utilize a variety of expressive therapies including play, art, narrative, sand tray and bibliotherapy. In working with children, adolescents and adults, I use a cognitive behavioral therapeutic approach.
(415) 570-8936 View (415) 570-8936
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Portia Marie Anderson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Oakland, CA 94601  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have 16 years of experience as a psychotherapist. I utilize psychodynamic/solution focused/CBT/ trauma informed techniques. My work is influenced by my belief in social justice, and humanism. I will work with you through the difficulties of your life and support you in your journey to create the life you deserve.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have 16 years of experience as a psychotherapist. I utilize psychodynamic/solution focused/CBT/ trauma informed techniques. My work is influenced by my belief in social justice, and humanism. I will work with you through the difficulties of your life and support you in your journey to create the life you deserve.
(510) 272-7068 View (510) 272-7068

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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.