Psychodynamic Therapists in San Mateo, CA

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Connelly Murphy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I commonly draw from the following theoretical orientations/modalities: attachment and psychodynamic theories, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness practices, narrative therapy, positive psychology and humanistic/existential theories.
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT #78886) and have been practicing in the Bay Area since 2006. After completing my undergrad at Stanford University, I obtained my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. In the years following, I have worked with individuals, families and groups, across the lifespan. I have extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship and family issues, parenting challenges, life transitions and personal growth/exploratory work. I am competent and enjoy working with the LGBTQ+ community as well, including transgender issues.
(650) 437-1852
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Maria Levy Downs Psychotherapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I believe for therapy to be effective, there must be established trust, a willingness to be vulnerable and a commitment to be authentic. I work with those seeking for a more balanced sense of themselves. My style is direct, transparent, insight-oriented and Psychodynamic . I use cognitive behavioral techniques and evidence based practices to help clients achieve their goals of working through depression, managing anxiety, replenishing caregiver-burnt out and coping with life stress. I am a family educator and also believe a sense of humor (when appropriate), is necessary for this line of work. Certified SoulCollage® facilitator.
(650) 435-4348
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Caroline Leon Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I offer a strength based, psychodynamic , and multicultural approach aimed at building self-efficacy and resiliency.
Self-discovery is a unique journey that we all take. Our experiences, intersectional identities and environments are constantly shaping who we are. This can be an exciting and challenging time in which we tend to engage in a reflective process as various questions arise. “Will I fit in here?” “Who is there to turn to for guidance?” “What does this experience mean for me?” Individual, couple and family therapy can be an integral part of working through challenges, all of which I fully embrace on the therapeutic journey.
(510) 781-9207
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Marla Cass
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I especially welcome people who have doubts about therapy or who have tried therapy before but did not find it helpful, LGBTQQ+, and therapists looking for a confidential, psychodynamic approach.
If you are a woman who has been successful in your career but not in your relationships, therapy can help you to identify your strengths and move past the obstacles that have held you back. Our work will include understanding you as a person and not as a diagnosis, identifying the blocks that have held you back, and helping you build a more solid and confident sense of yourself. One of the hardest things about therapy can be making the initial call. If you have been searching for an approach to therapy that is warm, welcoming, and supportive, as well as intelligent and engaged, let's talk.
(415) 967-5007
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San Mateo, CA 94403
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Alex Rosenthal Hutton, MS, MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified
Verified
I am an eclectic therapist but mostly employ a combination of CBT, MBCT, Family Systems, and Psychodynamic approaches in my work.
There are many reasons why people reach out for support and guidance from a professionally trained therapist. Though this step isn't always the easiest, it is often one of the best decisions a person can make as it is a huge act in self-care and taking charge of ones life. Finding the right match with your therapist is one of the most important elements of therapy and I will do my very best to help ensure that you are connected with other therapists who can help if I am not the right fit for you.
(650) 538-5427
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San Mateo, CA 94402
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Stacy Chiang
Psychologist, JD, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I’m trained in various evidence-based treatments, including CBT, DBT, ACT, mindfulness-based intervention, and psychodynamic psychotherapy; however, my approach is integrative and individualized, as each one of my clients has his/her/their own unique strengths, cultural backgrounds, and beliefs.
Are you or a loved one in a time of transition or uncertainty? Are you experiencing stress, anxiety or depression? Are you unsure about therapy, but nothing else has worked? I am committed to providing a safe and nonjudgmental space for you to give voice to yourself, and for us to collaborate on workable solutions to implement in your school life, work life, and/or relationship with others. My goal for you in therapy is to become your own therapist by gaining a deeper understanding of yourself and by learning what works for you in times of distress through leaning on your innate wisdom.
(650) 684-1398
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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San Mateo Child and Family Counseling Center
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
With compassionate care for each person's unique situation, I utilize psychodynamic , cognitive behavioral, mindfullness, existential-humanistic, family systems, developmental, and narrative orientations.
I enjoy working with children, teens, individual adults, and couples! Are you stressed out because your child or teen is dealing with anxiety, depression, academic, or behavioral problems? Are you yourself feeling anxious, depressed? Perhaps you are experiencing numbness and a sense of disconnect from a recent illness, trauma, or life transition such as divorce? Are you struggling in your marriage to feel that emotional and physical connection you once felt? I believe you are unique and special, and I look forward to working together to create growth and change in your life!
(650) 288-6615
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Karen A Schwarz
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I utilize a psychodynamic frame that understands psychotherapy as the healing of unresolved past hurts and destructive patterns of behavior that often begin in your family of origin.
The decision to begin psychological treatment is very courageous. It is essential to research your provider options and select a psychologist who feels 'right' to you. I have over 25 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I specialize in helping people who want to increase their understanding of self; address areas of thinking, feeling, or behaving that cause pain or confusion; change behavioral patterns that interfere with emotional well-being, interpersonal relationships, and professional performance; and build relationships which are responsible, respectful, effective, and mutually satisfying.
(415) 689-9176
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Batya Ross
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
There isn't one formula that works for everyone, and so I have been trained in a range of modalities including: relational psychodynamic therapy, expressive arts therapy, mindfulness, DBT, transpersonal psychology, and family systems.
Most of us lug around a suitcase full of our thoughts, feelings, family history and past experiences and have no idea what's in there. Our current responses to and experience of life come from the contents of that suitcase. Together in therapy we gently unpack it. We will see what is working for you, what needs more support and what has served it's purpose but no longer works. I work collaboratively and am curious about all the things that make you who you are. I am particularly interested in working with people who feel misunderstood or unimportant.
(415) 275-6820
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Amanda Castro
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I enjoy working with children, adolescents, families, and adults at all different stages in their lives. I am a licensed psychologist who received my undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I have worked extensively with both children and adults with a wide variety of presenting problems and mental health issues. My approach to therapy is integrative drawing on client-centered, psychodynamic , cognitive behavioral, attachment, and family systems models. I conduct child and family therapy, dyadic therapy for young children, and individual therapy for adults.
(415) 237-2050
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Margaret Owen-Wilson
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I am a culturally sensitive licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in psychotherapy and psychological testing. I provide a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive space to help you and/or your child discuss and explore your current and previous stressors and work towards your own personal goals. I have a patient-centered, collaborative and strengths-based approach to treatment and I tailor each session based on your unique goals for treatment. I utilize a blend of relational, psychodynamic , and cognitive-behavioral therapy approaches to treatment. I specialize in both individual (with children, adolescents and adults) and family therapy.
(650) 826-3947
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San Mateo, CA 94404
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Deanna Wong
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I utilize your strengths and integrate techniques from different approaches including CBT, psychodynamic , and family systems.
Welcome! We all face stress at some point in our lives. It may be caused by transitions, major life events, or day-to-day life itself. You may be struggling to cope more than usual and may benefit from additional support. I hope to collaborate with you towards understanding your emotions and feeling you have better control of them, improving your experience of life, changing unhealthy behaviors, relieving emotional distress, and improving your role in relationships.
(650) 830-3073
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San Mateo, CA 94402
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Hilary K. Robison
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you dealing with painful or unproductive relationships, wondering about your success at work or dealing with feelings of anxiety and depression, having difficulty coping with loss or change? If you are now looking for professional help, it's likely that you have been trying to cope on your own for some time and are recognizing that you are not getting the kind of improvements that you desire.You can create a happier and more satisfying life and you deserve the professional help you are seeking.My approach is an eclectic blend of psychodynamic and behavioral therapies.My therapeutic style is warm, nonjudgemental, active and real.
(650) 535-8364
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Annette Angulo Psychotherapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Choosing the right therapist is very important. The decision to start therapy is a courageous first step towards your journey of understanding and healing. I aim to provide support to anyone that chooses to take that journey in an empathic, reflective and non-judgmental approach. I have worked with people struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, and life's transitions. I am also bilingual and have many years of experience providing services in Spanish. I mostly have experience in existential-humanistic psychology, psychodynamic , relational/attachment based psychotherapy and somatic psychotherapy.
(650) 667-7656
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Luanna Rodgers
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Verified
Working with a psychodynamic perspective, cognitive-behavioral skills, and an integrative mind-body approach facilitates healing.
I am a caring, empathetic, and experienced therapist with more than 20 years in practice. I can assist you to find your unique life's path, overcome obstacles such as difficult emotions and past trauma, and expand your potential for happiness. I work with individuals, families, and people in many sorts of relationships, especially in the areas of anxiety and stress management, trauma and post-traumatic stress, depression, self worth and self-actualization, gender identity, sexuality and intimacy, and life transitions.
(415) 697-3853
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San Mateo, CA 94403
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Carol Winetsky
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over thirty years of experience. I have helped people navigate a variety of different life transitions such as divorce and separation, job loss, leaving home, starting a family or new career or both, as well as end-of-life issues. I have helped children deal with school and peer issues as well as parental loss and separation. My therapy style is interactive and psychodynamic and may entail short or long-term therapy, individual psychotherapy or couples work.
(415) 236-2948
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Bonnie Ring
Psychologist
Verified
Verified
As a caring & experienced psychotherapist, I listen carefully & respond honestly in person or by phone, FaceTime, zoom, Skype. Parental neglect or abuse leaves us with low self esteem, unresolved hurts & insufficient coping skills. Self criticism leads to painful and negative beliefs that cause depression and anxiety. We begin with the formative events in your life & your current issues. By drawing on family systems & psychodynamic principles, I use the latest interpersonal, cognitive & behavioral techniques with an informal and collaborative therapeutic approach that leads you toward greater self understanding & positive steps.
(650) 560-8590
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San Mateo, CA 94404
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Nataliya Panchenko
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I integrate interpersonal, psychodynamic , and cognitive-behavioral therapy modalities to the psychotherapy I offer.
It’s my belief that each person possesses unique strengths, qualities and all the internal resources they need to overcome challenges they face in life. Unfortunately, sometimes along the way, we lose connection with what those strengths and resources are and my goal as a therapist is to help you discover and utilize those strengths to develop natural capacity to live a deeper, happier and more fulfilling life. I create a safe and nurturing environment for you, free from judgment and harmful messages, where you can explore yourself and find your way back to a sense of wholeness.
(650) 628-8544
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Iliyana Gesheva
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My approach is relational, guided by psychodynamic , humanistic and social justice principles.
I specialize in working with children, teens, and young adults with trauma histories, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, body and self-esteem issues, life and family transitions. I also work with clients who are dealing with immigration and acculturation issues and support them with exploring and resolving intergenerational conflicts and cultural differences within their families and communities. I strive to create a safe space that includes collaboration, reflective curiosity, opportunities for change, creativity and humor.
(628) 213-7635
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Tiffany Paige Flowerday
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
For over 15 years, I have helped individuals and families heal from the impact of mental illness, trauma and loss in their lives. Past experiences can affect a persons ability to care for themselves in healthy ways and enjoy intimate relationships. If you are feeling stuck in unhealthy patterns, whether with a partner, or other important people in your life, call for a free consultation to see if therapy might be right for you.
(408) 364-5816
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San Mateo, CA 94403

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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.