Psychodynamic Therapists in San Jose, CA

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Samantha Kountz-Edwards
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95125
I integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Dialectical Behavioral skills, and Solution-Focused approaches within a broader Psychodynamic and Family Systems framework.
Many people experience anxiety or sadness at some point in their life. Sometimes these feelings are related to a big change, a new stressor, or a longstanding challenge that has left you feeling overwhelmed and stuck. Regardless of what's going on in your life, my goal is to help you better confront, cope with, and recover from difficulties, so that you can live a more fulfilling life. I understand that the idea of therapy can seem intimidating. I see your decision to engage in treatment as a true testament to your strength.
I integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Dialectical Behavioral skills, and Solution-Focused approaches within a broader Psychodynamic and Family Systems framework.
Many people experience anxiety or sadness at some point in their life. Sometimes these feelings are related to a big change, a new stressor, or a longstanding challenge that has left you feeling overwhelmed and stuck. Regardless of what's going on in your life, my goal is to help you better confront, cope with, and recover from difficulties, so that you can live a more fulfilling life. I understand that the idea of therapy can seem intimidating. I see your decision to engage in treatment as a true testament to your strength.
(415) 949-2466 View (415) 949-2466
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Nancy Chau
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95133  (Online Only)
I use various modalities that would best fit with clients' needs such as: CBT, TF-CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic, Strengths-based, and Solution-focused.
It is believed that the healing process begins with a therapeutic relationship. My genuineness and honest personality helps me build a strong connection and relationship with you to begin this journey. Through this foundation, you will learn how to develop healthy relationships with people in your own life. You might also need a safe and non-judgmental space to gain confidence to share and express what you are unable to with people in your life. My directive approach will challenge you to take what you learn in therapy and make changes that you need to reach the ideal life that you want to live!
I use various modalities that would best fit with clients' needs such as: CBT, TF-CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic, Strengths-based, and Solution-focused.
It is believed that the healing process begins with a therapeutic relationship. My genuineness and honest personality helps me build a strong connection and relationship with you to begin this journey. Through this foundation, you will learn how to develop healthy relationships with people in your own life. You might also need a safe and non-judgmental space to gain confidence to share and express what you are unable to with people in your life. My directive approach will challenge you to take what you learn in therapy and make changes that you need to reach the ideal life that you want to live!
(408) 351-8557 View (408) 351-8557
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Dr. Debbie Francis
Psychologist, PsyD, MA, BSR
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95124
I work from an integrative approach, drawing primarily from a psychodynamic orientation.
*CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW MEDICARE PATIENTS* I work with adults struggling with a wide range of challenges including loss of relationships, life transitions, and personal problems like anxiety, depression, addiction, or trauma. Life can be difficult but you don't have to figure it out all alone. I can help you. Together, we'll create a safe space where you'll gain insight and perspective into thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are no longer working for you. With these understandings, you'll be able to make better choices and positive life changes. By working through your pain, you'll gain a self-awareness you didn't have before.
I work from an integrative approach, drawing primarily from a psychodynamic orientation.
*CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW MEDICARE PATIENTS* I work with adults struggling with a wide range of challenges including loss of relationships, life transitions, and personal problems like anxiety, depression, addiction, or trauma. Life can be difficult but you don't have to figure it out all alone. I can help you. Together, we'll create a safe space where you'll gain insight and perspective into thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are no longer working for you. With these understandings, you'll be able to make better choices and positive life changes. By working through your pain, you'll gain a self-awareness you didn't have before.
(408) 207-4564 View (408) 207-4564
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Shanna Rayyan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95123
I utilize various therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Family Therapy.
I’m Shanna Rayyan, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and therapist who is passionate about helping my clients work through their traumas, hardships, and mental illness in order to improve their quality of life. I use an eclectic approach, implementing various evidence-based therapeutic modalities that best fit my specific client’s life story, needs, and goals.
I utilize various therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Family Therapy.
I’m Shanna Rayyan, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and therapist who is passionate about helping my clients work through their traumas, hardships, and mental illness in order to improve their quality of life. I use an eclectic approach, implementing various evidence-based therapeutic modalities that best fit my specific client’s life story, needs, and goals.
(408) 540-6850 View (408) 540-6850
Sabrina Ayoub
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95123
Hey, I'm Sabrina Ayoub, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and I'm here to support you on your path to well-being. Life can throw challenges your way, from anxiety to depression and intricate relationships. I bring a mix of psychodynamic theory for depth and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for practical solutions. Let's work together to break through patterns and set the stage for your healing and growth.
Hey, I'm Sabrina Ayoub, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and I'm here to support you on your path to well-being. Life can throw challenges your way, from anxiety to depression and intricate relationships. I bring a mix of psychodynamic theory for depth and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for practical solutions. Let's work together to break through patterns and set the stage for your healing and growth.
(669) 215-4125 View (669) 215-4125
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Donald Bender
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95124
I have been doing individual and couple therapy for over thirty years. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches, always choosing the one that best suits the client's immediate needs. These modalities range from psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral to narrative and existential. There is even some dream and hypnotherapy added when helpful. In addition to my clinical practice, I have extensive forensic psychology experience, including resolving workplace disputes, custody issues, and trial consulting. My goal is to help clients find meaningful solutions to challenging life problems.
I have been doing individual and couple therapy for over thirty years. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches, always choosing the one that best suits the client's immediate needs. These modalities range from psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral to narrative and existential. There is even some dream and hypnotherapy added when helpful. In addition to my clinical practice, I have extensive forensic psychology experience, including resolving workplace disputes, custody issues, and trial consulting. My goal is to help clients find meaningful solutions to challenging life problems.
(408) 878-1791 View (408) 878-1791
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Theresa Lee- Flores
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95126  (Online Only)
My current work leans on the theoretical frameworks of: cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, client-centered, mindfulness-based, and solution focused therapies.
As a clinical social worker I've had the opportunity to work with folks who are in all stages of life. I have experience working with individuals facing struggles with: depression, anxiety, family and interpersonal conflict, grief, life transitions, self-esteem issues. I am a strong believer in helping you pinpoint problem areas in patterns of behavior through a process of self reflection. Attaining better control over your mood can feel like an impossible feat, but you have the ability to develop healthy coping strategies- through self-evaluation, skill building, and receiving acceptance and healing.
My current work leans on the theoretical frameworks of: cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, client-centered, mindfulness-based, and solution focused therapies.
As a clinical social worker I've had the opportunity to work with folks who are in all stages of life. I have experience working with individuals facing struggles with: depression, anxiety, family and interpersonal conflict, grief, life transitions, self-esteem issues. I am a strong believer in helping you pinpoint problem areas in patterns of behavior through a process of self reflection. Attaining better control over your mood can feel like an impossible feat, but you have the ability to develop healthy coping strategies- through self-evaluation, skill building, and receiving acceptance and healing.
(562) 379-6550 View (562) 379-6550
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Wai Wai Vicky Chan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95118  (Online Only)
I use psychodynamic approach to address deeper issues.
I believe being in an equilibrium state is one of the keys to maintain a healthy well being, however, we often face many challenges that could easily lead to a disequilibrium. My role as a therapist is to work with you collaboratively in order to address your needs, to guide you in understanding how your past experiences shape your present self; to help you in identifying your thought patterns and emotions that affect your behaviors; and to coach you so that you are equipped when dealing with different life challenges. By working as a team, you will eventually be able to restore the balance and maintain a healthy well being.
I use psychodynamic approach to address deeper issues.
I believe being in an equilibrium state is one of the keys to maintain a healthy well being, however, we often face many challenges that could easily lead to a disequilibrium. My role as a therapist is to work with you collaboratively in order to address your needs, to guide you in understanding how your past experiences shape your present self; to help you in identifying your thought patterns and emotions that affect your behaviors; and to coach you so that you are equipped when dealing with different life challenges. By working as a team, you will eventually be able to restore the balance and maintain a healthy well being.
(408) 688-9151 View (408) 688-9151
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Orfanelli Ambriz Ibarra
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95111
My name is Orfanelli Ambriz and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) dedicated to working through telehealth with individuals in Los Angeles, California and across the state. I work with adults facing a variance of difficulties that have led to stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and difficult to manage adversities. As a psychodynamic therapist, I help my clients dive deep in effort to gain clarity and direction towards a better tomorrow.
My name is Orfanelli Ambriz and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) dedicated to working through telehealth with individuals in Los Angeles, California and across the state. I work with adults facing a variance of difficulties that have led to stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and difficult to manage adversities. As a psychodynamic therapist, I help my clients dive deep in effort to gain clarity and direction towards a better tomorrow.
(408) 539-5413 View (408) 539-5413
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Brent Batter
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95148
My services are provided from a strength-based client-centered cognitive behavioral family systems psychodynamic perspective.
Hi, I'm Brent Batter, LMFT. I am passionate about helping others and I have a diverse blend of experience providing compassionate care with many different client groups. I look forward to helping you gain clarity in life and excel in the goals that you have for yourself. My lifelong passion is for people and believe we all have an intrinsic desire to move toward health and happiness. I would be honored to work with you as we discover your path forward.
My services are provided from a strength-based client-centered cognitive behavioral family systems psychodynamic perspective.
Hi, I'm Brent Batter, LMFT. I am passionate about helping others and I have a diverse blend of experience providing compassionate care with many different client groups. I look forward to helping you gain clarity in life and excel in the goals that you have for yourself. My lifelong passion is for people and believe we all have an intrinsic desire to move toward health and happiness. I would be honored to work with you as we discover your path forward.
(669) 348-3738 View (669) 348-3738
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Jorge Garcia
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95110  (Online Only)
My approach to therapy emphasizes psychodynamic, existential, and systems techniques; however, I customize the therapeutic process to meet your individual goals.
I have experience working with those struggling with symptoms of trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, life transitions, parenting, communication, and low self-esteem. My practice is inclusive, non-judgmental, culturally responsive, and affirming of LGBTQ+ communities. I offer services in English and Spanish.
My approach to therapy emphasizes psychodynamic, existential, and systems techniques; however, I customize the therapeutic process to meet your individual goals.
I have experience working with those struggling with symptoms of trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, life transitions, parenting, communication, and low self-esteem. My practice is inclusive, non-judgmental, culturally responsive, and affirming of LGBTQ+ communities. I offer services in English and Spanish.
(408) 665-7288 View (408) 665-7288
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Grace Kim- Hur
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA , LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95128  (Online Only)
I'm a licensed psychotherapist with a background specializing in severe behavioral issues and relationship issues. I work with a variety of approaches from CBT, EFT to Psychodynamic approach depending on my patient's needs and what I feel is most effective. In addition I create individual treatment plans to match my patient's goals. Together we can create a safe space and begin your journey in understanding your current issues or concerns. Explore where they may have stemmed from, and how they are currently effecting your life. I believe anyone's goal in therapy would be to heal and ignite awareness to live a more fulfilling life.
I'm a licensed psychotherapist with a background specializing in severe behavioral issues and relationship issues. I work with a variety of approaches from CBT, EFT to Psychodynamic approach depending on my patient's needs and what I feel is most effective. In addition I create individual treatment plans to match my patient's goals. Together we can create a safe space and begin your journey in understanding your current issues or concerns. Explore where they may have stemmed from, and how they are currently effecting your life. I believe anyone's goal in therapy would be to heal and ignite awareness to live a more fulfilling life.
(408) 351-7563 View (408) 351-7563
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Melissa Satram
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
By using CBT, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, and Humanistic approach, I can help you navigate life's ups and downs and shift patterns, thoughts, and behaviors.
Do you ever struggle with feeling like you’re not enough? Do you feel like you have to prove yourself? Do you feel stuck and triggered by childhood trauma? The symptoms of trauma include anxiety, depression, high conflict relationships, occupational impairment, addiction, and much more. I believe therapy can help you develop a more self-awareness and actionable plan to alleviate these symptoms. I specialized in working with people who are willing to explore past, present, and future challenges and to find tools for personal growth.
By using CBT, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, and Humanistic approach, I can help you navigate life's ups and downs and shift patterns, thoughts, and behaviors.
Do you ever struggle with feeling like you’re not enough? Do you feel like you have to prove yourself? Do you feel stuck and triggered by childhood trauma? The symptoms of trauma include anxiety, depression, high conflict relationships, occupational impairment, addiction, and much more. I believe therapy can help you develop a more self-awareness and actionable plan to alleviate these symptoms. I specialized in working with people who are willing to explore past, present, and future challenges and to find tools for personal growth.
(408) 359-1686 View (408) 359-1686
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Carrie Herbst
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95118
I draw from Expressive Arts, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Psychodynamic Theory to best support emotional growth and healing for each individual client.
I am here to listen to you. I work with children, teens, and adults to support exploration of difficult issues and life changes. Often what brings someone to seek counseling, either for themselves or for their child, is being faced with a challenge they need support navigating and resolving. This issue may result from an atypical experience or be more pervasive, and can bring about feelings of anger, depression, anxiety, low self-worth, or communication issues. Taking the risk to ask for help is the first step on the road toward healing and growth.
I draw from Expressive Arts, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Psychodynamic Theory to best support emotional growth and healing for each individual client.
I am here to listen to you. I work with children, teens, and adults to support exploration of difficult issues and life changes. Often what brings someone to seek counseling, either for themselves or for their child, is being faced with a challenge they need support navigating and resolving. This issue may result from an atypical experience or be more pervasive, and can bring about feelings of anger, depression, anxiety, low self-worth, or communication issues. Taking the risk to ask for help is the first step on the road toward healing and growth.
(408) 617-8227 x101 View (408) 617-8227 x101
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Morgan Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
I use evidence-based trauma-informed practices including psychodynamic psychotherapy, internal family systems, CBT, and neuroscience-backed mindfulness, to address both your troubling symptoms and your mind-body connection.
Do you feel as though your experiences have left you fractured, disconnected or lost? We can’t erase them, but together we can help you make sense of your history and heal painful emotional wounds. My treatment is based on trust and safety: understanding how these may be difficult for you and finding ways to develop them with me. With this foundation, my patients find that they are able to gain new understanding of and compassion for themselves as multifaceted individuals. Our therapeutic relationship will be dedicated to holding space for all parts of you and your story, especially those that feel too challenging to explore alone.
I use evidence-based trauma-informed practices including psychodynamic psychotherapy, internal family systems, CBT, and neuroscience-backed mindfulness, to address both your troubling symptoms and your mind-body connection.
Do you feel as though your experiences have left you fractured, disconnected or lost? We can’t erase them, but together we can help you make sense of your history and heal painful emotional wounds. My treatment is based on trust and safety: understanding how these may be difficult for you and finding ways to develop them with me. With this foundation, my patients find that they are able to gain new understanding of and compassion for themselves as multifaceted individuals. Our therapeutic relationship will be dedicated to holding space for all parts of you and your story, especially those that feel too challenging to explore alone.
(408) 539-3289 View (408) 539-3289
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Elizabeth Case
Counselor, LPCC, EdM, MA, NCC, LCPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95126
I resource over 15 years of experience as a Licensed Counselor to inform my work, using evidence-based practices - Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and Gottman Couples Therapy.
You are a woman with tremendous strength. You manage the lives of others and keep track of so much. And though there can be moments of great reward, you are tired and notice that in caring for others, some of the most important parts of YOU feel lost. You may not feel as confident or positive as you once did. You may notice that relationships are strained. Work is suffering. You feel disconnected. It is time to access resources to help lift you back onto your feet so that you can reconnect with yourself and others.
I resource over 15 years of experience as a Licensed Counselor to inform my work, using evidence-based practices - Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and Gottman Couples Therapy.
You are a woman with tremendous strength. You manage the lives of others and keep track of so much. And though there can be moments of great reward, you are tired and notice that in caring for others, some of the most important parts of YOU feel lost. You may not feel as confident or positive as you once did. You may notice that relationships are strained. Work is suffering. You feel disconnected. It is time to access resources to help lift you back onto your feet so that you can reconnect with yourself and others.
(650) 613-4868 View (650) 613-4868
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Linda Nastari
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95150
I practice from a psychodynamic perspective, believing that the relationship developed between the therapist and client is a catalyst for lasting change.
I have over 30 years experience as a licensed pyschotherapist. I enjoy working with adolescents, individual adults, and couples. I treat a wide variety of issues including; anxiety/depression, relational difficulties, addictions, grief/loss, parenting challenges, spiritual concerns, eating disorders, family of origin issues, work related stress, and trauma. I also provide consultation to small family businesses around communication, conflict resolution, business management, and succession planning. I also am part of a collaborative team of estate attorneys, financial planners, and therapists to help families with Trust and Estate issues.
I practice from a psychodynamic perspective, believing that the relationship developed between the therapist and client is a catalyst for lasting change.
I have over 30 years experience as a licensed pyschotherapist. I enjoy working with adolescents, individual adults, and couples. I treat a wide variety of issues including; anxiety/depression, relational difficulties, addictions, grief/loss, parenting challenges, spiritual concerns, eating disorders, family of origin issues, work related stress, and trauma. I also provide consultation to small family businesses around communication, conflict resolution, business management, and succession planning. I also am part of a collaborative team of estate attorneys, financial planners, and therapists to help families with Trust and Estate issues.
(408) 669-3554 View (408) 669-3554
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Margaret A Bailey
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95128
My orientation is eclectic, psychodynamic, and analytic.
I provide a supportive environment where clients feel comfortable in talking about the discomfort they are experiencing. Together we explore those difficulties and seek to help you find relief. For those who want deeper work, and to make significant changes in their lives, I have been trained to provide more intensive, longer term therapy. I began my practice and continued training post graduate school for 30 years. For more information about my practice please see my website at: pegbailey.com.
My orientation is eclectic, psychodynamic, and analytic.
I provide a supportive environment where clients feel comfortable in talking about the discomfort they are experiencing. Together we explore those difficulties and seek to help you find relief. For those who want deeper work, and to make significant changes in their lives, I have been trained to provide more intensive, longer term therapy. I began my practice and continued training post graduate school for 30 years. For more information about my practice please see my website at: pegbailey.com.
(408) 358-4090 View (408) 358-4090
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Maria Herrera
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95139
My theoretical foundations are psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive-behavioral.
Welcome! I am glad that you are here taking a step towards change. I appreciate the opportunity to introduce myself. I am a licensed clinical social worker with almost twenty years of experience. I graduated from the University of Southern California. I have worked in a wide range of areas. I have helped client’s manage and cope with challenging health and emotional issues, as well as life transitions, substance abuse, and relationship problems. As your counselor, I can help you explore, process, and learn ways to cope with life challenges.
My theoretical foundations are psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive-behavioral.
Welcome! I am glad that you are here taking a step towards change. I appreciate the opportunity to introduce myself. I am a licensed clinical social worker with almost twenty years of experience. I graduated from the University of Southern California. I have worked in a wide range of areas. I have helped client’s manage and cope with challenging health and emotional issues, as well as life transitions, substance abuse, and relationship problems. As your counselor, I can help you explore, process, and learn ways to cope with life challenges.
(408) 516-5731 View (408) 516-5731
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Tyesha Sullivan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95122
I am a Psychodynamic therapist but am eclectic in my therapeutic approach.
Welcome! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. Therapy is my passion! I find joy in assisting individuals and couples through different journeys and challenges of life to help them become the best versions of themselves. I have experience working with different levels of concerns that range from Dissociation to Depression. While Trauma and Abuse are a couple of my main areas of focus, Anxiety and Self-Esteem are also within my scope.
I am a Psychodynamic therapist but am eclectic in my therapeutic approach.
Welcome! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. Therapy is my passion! I find joy in assisting individuals and couples through different journeys and challenges of life to help them become the best versions of themselves. I have experience working with different levels of concerns that range from Dissociation to Depression. While Trauma and Abuse are a couple of my main areas of focus, Anxiety and Self-Esteem are also within my scope.
(408) 676-5556 View (408) 676-5556

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.