Psychodynamic Therapists in Santa Cruz, CA

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Sean Neesley
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My practice weaves psychodynamic , humanistic, and cognitive approaches together to create an organic and authentic atmosphere for growth.
How do we regain balance after losing our footing? Whether through anxiety, anger, depression, fear, guilt or shame, it is normal for our lives to present challenges that throw us seemingly off course. At the same time, life’s greatest challenges can also present opportunities for growth, deep healing and the reintegration of lost parts of ourselves. In my work with clients, I provide a safe and supportive environment to express and explore challenging emotions, thoughts and beliefs and help them discover new vistas and vantage points from which to enjoy and appreciate themselves, their lives, and their relationships again.
(831) 208-3531
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Janet Sims
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Verified
Psychodynamic work focuses on not just the reduction of symptoms, but also on fostering the most of an individual's psychological capacities and resources; whether it means more satisfying relationships, tolerating a wider range of emotions or facing life's challenges with greater freedom and flexibility.
The Beginning of Wisdom is Self Awareness." This simple statement is a lifelong process, and central to the work I do as a psychotherapist. Taking the time and space to know ourselves can be exhilarating, but it can be daunting and sometimes terrifying when done alone. Working with another person through the complexities of our lives makes this endeavor richer and much more satisfying. My work with clients is intended to be a shared, collaborative experience.
(408) 759-5174
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Malinda Thompson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Client centered, psychodynamic therapy interventions support uncovering obstacles to change.
The most important person in the therapy session is you. The most mysterious person in the therapy session is you. And the most powerful insight will eventually come from you. You may feel stuck, angry, lonely, confused, hopeless or numb. Maybe you feel too much? Perhaps you're losing hours on tik tok or porn sites? you dissociate, sleep too much; can't sleep. It's okay to reach out. Everyone wants connection, everyone needs connection. Therapy can help you find ways to connect.
(831) 888-9112
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Chelsey Suttaby
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
My training includes but is not limited to therapeutic modalities of CBT (and CBT for Psychosis), DBT, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic .
Asking for help can be a monumental decision that requires a lot of courage. Finding the right therapist can be an equally difficult task. A therapeutic relationship needs to feel safe and collaborative, as it can serve as a foundation for healing. My goal is to assist you in accessing your internal strengths, exploring obstacles and working to overcome your challenges. Understanding what style or type of therapy you need can feel confusing. I will work with you to create a plan for treatment that is aligned with your needs and personality.
(831) 216-0214
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Heidi Poteet Marini
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, , AMFT, ALPCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I incorporate psychodynamic and attachment theory to help you gain awareness of patterns from your past that affect your life in the present.
Life can be hard but I'm guessing you already knew that.  All the hard stuff can leave us feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or sad. Sometimes life's challenges become too difficult to overcome alone. Finding a safe and collaborative place to explore and address what is troubling you is the first step toward healing.  Perhaps you are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, or challenges within a relationship. While there are no guarantees of what you will experience in therapy, research shows that therapy helps people. It works. Psychotherapy can elevate feelings of self worth, purpose, and improve your overall quality of life.
(831) 232-9638
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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J. Sarah MacEwan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I work experientially, approaching whatever is alive for you in the moment, utilizing psychodynamic , somatic/body-oriented, IFS "parts" work, process, and expressive arts therapies.
Bring me your grief, your sadness, your anxiety and your overwhelm. Bring me your wounded parts, and let's hold them close. Together. Your soul is ready to heal. Too many of us are suffering in isolation, with complex challenges and big feelings that we were never meant to carry on our own. But once we have a place where we feel seen, heard and held without judgment, we naturally begin to heal. Allow me to be that place for you. I love supporting people with grief and loss, life transitions, anxiety, depression, trauma, and issues around self-worth and self-esteem. I am so glad you found me.
(831) 888-1750
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Kate Whittle-Utter
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
9 Endorsed
Verified
9 Endorsed
I practice therapy with a psychodynamic perspective, exploring conscious and unconscious patterns, behaviors, and beliefs that impact one's identity and relationships.
Therapy can help you find balance, connection, and fulfillment. In order to do so, I believe it's important that we acknowledge the shadow elements of life-the challenges that cause us pain, confusion, and block us from finding a sense of harmony and well-being. I collaborate with you in navigating the shadows and the more buried aspects of your life in order to develop a deeper capacity for balance, personal growth, and healing. To find out more about who I am, how I work, and if I might be the right therapist for you, consider visiting sanluisobispotherapy.org
(805) 316-7134
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Alicia M Foronda
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I count with the fortune of a large experience assisting families, where the systemic and psychodynamic perspectives have been valuable in their mental health progress; along with the skills in adult psychotherapy and play-therapy with children.
Invest in yourself and your loved ones; therapy is not just a mental health treatment sought when we are suffering from mental distress, or unable to conduct life as wanted. Therapy is also a self discovery process to get a greater and deeper knowledge about ourselves, which will allow to make better choices and become the person that we have wished. Having someone to accompany you in this path, with a professional perspective, non-judgmental listening and accurate interventions, will allow you to cope with painful circumstances, significant life changes / transitions, as well with symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD and others.
(831) 704-8692
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Michael Seniuk
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
My approach is informed by psychodynamic , somatic, and humanistic psychotherapy.
Sometimes we may find ourselves overwhelmed by the challenges in our life. As hard as these experiences can be, I believe that these challenges put us directly in contact with parts of ourselves where we can access greater meaning, purpose and growth in our lives. I trust that each and every person has an innate ability for healing, growth and transformation, and that part of the journey is learning how we can access and align with that healing nature inside of us.
(831) 263-0306
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Dean Khambatta
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I partner with you to find an approach that best meets your needs, often including CBT, Psychodynamic , Humanistic, Feminist, and Narrative therapy techniques.
I value connection, collaboration, social justice, and anti-racism. I strive to give my clients a safe, non-judgmental place to be themselves and to achieve their goals. My approach to therapy is person-centered, gender-affirming, strength based, and trauma informed. I understand the importance of an intersectional multicultural approach that incorporates race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, class, and individual experiences. I firmly believe that you are the experts of your own experiences and that my role is to guide and support you through the therapeutic process.
(831) 257-1801
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Jasyn Lezin - Expansive Therapy
Counselor, LCSW
Verified
Verified
My aim is to create a nurturing, non-judgmental space where clients can feel at home in the healing process. I use a sense of humor, empathy, and compassion to build rapport with clients, and also to support clients in feeling empowered on their transformative journey. I utilize a strength-based and psychodynamic approach that will guide you in re-establishing an authentic relationship with yourself and others so that you may show up lovingly and mindfully to the life you envision.
(646) 692-0394
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Lance Bauscher
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a strength-based psychotherapist committed to the unique process of each client and each therapeutic moment. I work with a balanced approach between a solution-focused, positive psychology and the deeper work of existential, psychodynamic or mindfulness-based interventions. I specialize in life and developmental transitions where symptoms such as anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, or triggered trauma increase in intensity and frequency and threaten that which we cherish. But I view the nagging presence and awareness of our problems as proof that we are ready and capable of dealing with them.
(831) 498-9756
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Julie Herzog
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Verified
For example, I utilize brief therapy models, a psychodynamic approach as well as employing play and art therapy techniques.
I am a holistic psychotherapist and will work to help you integrate mind, body and spirit. I believe we all have the propensity for health and wellness. Together we can work with your acute crisis or your desire to explore a deeper connection to self. Helping individuals (children, teens, adults), couples and families throughout the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay area....I look forward to meeting you, working with you and assisting you in achieving better mental health.
(831) 219-4109
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Dre Merkey
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
In my work I draw from narrative therapy, queer and feminist theory, compassion based practices and psychodynamic .
Have you been going through big changes in your life? Do you feel like you've lost a lot, whether that's a part of yourself or an important relationship? Are you struggling to figure out who you are and what comes next? I'd love to be a part of your honorable journey in figuring out how to support. We are each born into this world filled with curiosity and hope, and unfortunately that doesn't always remain due to the hardships life brings. In my practice I will show up authentically and humbly. You know you best, and you truly are the expert of your own life!
(916) 269-5053
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Heather Rodriguez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I use a multi-dimensional approach to fit the needs of each client through the use of various modalities of treatment, including Crisis Intervention, Solution Focused Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I recognize that seeking therapy is a difficult decision, and I am proud of you for taking the first step! Sometimes we just need a neutral person to talk to and I am honored to be that person for you in your life. I have over 10 years of experience working with various populations; teens, at-risk youth, adults, parents/co-parenting and families. My therapeutic style is warm, supportive and non-judgmental. I am passionate about creating a safe space for all. I am an LGBTQ+ ally. My hope is for my clients to feel heard and seen.
(323) 370-0976
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064
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Connor Moss
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I am and integral therapist, meaning I am trained in and practice multiple different modalities including Transpersonal, Gestalt and Psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Are you finding yourself unsatisfied with where you are at in life? Are there patterns in your emotions, relationships, behaviors and substance use that you would like to change and move past? Maybe there are specific issues you are hoping to address, and maybe your entire life feels very off from where you would like it to be and you’re not sure where to start. Either way you’ve taken a very important step by starting to look for help.
(510) 380-7436
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Janene Forsyth, LMFT, Telehealth throughout CA
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I utilize wonderful psychodynamic tools, along with traditional psychotherapy models and interventions.
If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, a challenging transition, loss, trauma, or relationship issues, call me for a free 20 minute psychotherapy consultation. Along with being a licensed marriage family therapist, I am also a certified hypnotherapist. I am compassionate, and skilled to help you move through your path of healing. My sessions are through HIPPA compliant "TeleMentalHealth" technology or online therapy, so I'm as close as your phone or computer.
(831) 278-4126
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Alia Griese
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Perhaps we’re still piecing our story together. Clues may be arriving in unconscious cycles— we’ve been here before and how we got back feels, for now, like a mystery. We’re not blind to our truth. We bend, accommodate, bury, and mourn parts of ourselves lost to a world that tells us, in one way or another, that our whole self isn’t welcome. Circumstances may have reached a painful point. The therapeutic experience can provide a container of time and space to hold what’s been left behind and imagine into our fullest self.
(831) 228-4236
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Chris D L'Esperance
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
There are many reasons why a person, a couple, or a family might find themselves feeling stuck, down, disconnected, overwhelmed, or anxious. A significant portion of my education and training is based around helping clients reduce or resolve symptoms associated with their challenges. However, I find that helping clients identify the root of their obstacles—in addition to cultivating skills and strategies to work towards a strong mental and emotional sense of well-being and developing strong connected relationships—is as important as attending to mental, emotional, and relational symptoms.
(805) 209-0671
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Erin Elizabeth Wilkie
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFTI
Verified
Verified
If you are dealing with depression, anxiety, medical stressors or any related frustrations, I am here to support YOU in working through the daily struggles that come your way. It isn't an easy journey and many in your life may not understand how to help you. I will give you the support and understanding that you are looking for.
(831) 471-5160
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Psychodynamic Therapists
Psychodynamic therapy, also known as insight-oriented therapy, evolved from Freudian psychoanalysis. Like adherents of psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapists believe that bringing the unconscious into conscious awareness promotes insight and resolves conflict. But psychodynamic therapy is briefer and less intensive than psychoanalysis and also focuses on the relationship between the therapist and the client, as a way to learn about how the client relates to everyone in their life.