Psychodynamic Therapists in Indianapolis, IN

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Dr. Robin Kohli
Psychologist, PsyD, HSPP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240
In therapy, I primarily use Trauma-focused CBT, CBT, psychodynamic therapy, play therapy, and family systems therapy.
As a psychologist, I thrive on challenges. I specialize in comprehensive and court-ordered psychological assessments for juveniles and adults. I have many years of experience testifying in court. My forensic referrals come from judges, private attorneys, public defenders, and State and Federal Public Defenders across Indiana and include competency or insanity assessments, juvenile waiver, sex offender risk assessments, child hearsay, and post-conviction relief. Additionally, after many years working in residential treatment, I have developed expertise with children/adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral disturbances.
In therapy, I primarily use Trauma-focused CBT, CBT, psychodynamic therapy, play therapy, and family systems therapy.
As a psychologist, I thrive on challenges. I specialize in comprehensive and court-ordered psychological assessments for juveniles and adults. I have many years of experience testifying in court. My forensic referrals come from judges, private attorneys, public defenders, and State and Federal Public Defenders across Indiana and include competency or insanity assessments, juvenile waiver, sex offender risk assessments, child hearsay, and post-conviction relief. Additionally, after many years working in residential treatment, I have developed expertise with children/adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral disturbances.
(317) 662-2609 View (317) 662-2609
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Rachel Clark
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46208
I use an eclectic approach grounded in psychodynamic therapy to help clients gain insight and make meaningful, lasting change.
You're tired of merely surviving. Maybe anxiety has made your world small and lonely, or depression and feelings of worthlessness have kept you disconnected from yourself and your loved ones and have held you back from the life you want. Perhaps you've developed ways of engaging with others and with yourself that once protected you in difficult circumstances; however, these patterns now result in pain that is becoming unbearable. Whatever brings you here, you do not have to bear it alone. It is possible to thrive rather than just survive.
I use an eclectic approach grounded in psychodynamic therapy to help clients gain insight and make meaningful, lasting change.
You're tired of merely surviving. Maybe anxiety has made your world small and lonely, or depression and feelings of worthlessness have kept you disconnected from yourself and your loved ones and have held you back from the life you want. Perhaps you've developed ways of engaging with others and with yourself that once protected you in difficult circumstances; however, these patterns now result in pain that is becoming unbearable. Whatever brings you here, you do not have to bear it alone. It is possible to thrive rather than just survive.
(317) 593-2381 x5037 View (317) 593-2381 x5037
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Sheronda Moore
Counselor, PhD, OTR/L, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46240
I use psychodynamic approaches, which focus on alleviating symptoms to help you lead a healthier life.
Relationships are integral to our existence as human beings. We are not islands. Life can be challenging, and events and other life circumstances can leave us feeling vulnerable and alone. A therapist can be a nonjudgmental and empathetic ear with which people can gain self-knowledge, self-confidence, and resilience. When you work with me, you will have a safe space to experience the emotions needed and to identify any deficits and strengths that can help shape your goals. Together, we can help you figure out how to participate and thrive in life despite the things holding you back.
I use psychodynamic approaches, which focus on alleviating symptoms to help you lead a healthier life.
Relationships are integral to our existence as human beings. We are not islands. Life can be challenging, and events and other life circumstances can leave us feeling vulnerable and alone. A therapist can be a nonjudgmental and empathetic ear with which people can gain self-knowledge, self-confidence, and resilience. When you work with me, you will have a safe space to experience the emotions needed and to identify any deficits and strengths that can help shape your goals. Together, we can help you figure out how to participate and thrive in life despite the things holding you back.
(317) 676-7493 View (317) 676-7493
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Lynn M Hynes
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, PhD
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46220
I work from a psychodynamic and interactive perspective to assist individuals, couples, and families to become more conscious of how their past experiences have shaped current relationships. Many clients are experiencing difficulties, challenges, psychological pain, and life transitions and wish to move into a more joyful, meaningful, and peaceful life. We work together to discover patterns and connections that can help lead to greater self-understanding so that we can understand ourselves in relationship to others.
I work from a psychodynamic and interactive perspective to assist individuals, couples, and families to become more conscious of how their past experiences have shaped current relationships. Many clients are experiencing difficulties, challenges, psychological pain, and life transitions and wish to move into a more joyful, meaningful, and peaceful life. We work together to discover patterns and connections that can help lead to greater self-understanding so that we can understand ourselves in relationship to others.
(317) 348-3984 View (317) 348-3984
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Liz Kennedy
Counselor, MACMHC, LMHC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46220
My approach is psychodynamic, which means I am trained to work on a deep level with clients that are seeking lasting change.
If you feel stressed, unhappy in your relationships or job, frequently anxious, or alone, having a safe, confidential space to process and gain perspective can open up new possibilities. I offer a non-judgmental space for my clients to feel supported and understood, while gaining the insight they need to make changes and feel empowered in their lives.
My approach is psychodynamic, which means I am trained to work on a deep level with clients that are seeking lasting change.
If you feel stressed, unhappy in your relationships or job, frequently anxious, or alone, having a safe, confidential space to process and gain perspective can open up new possibilities. I offer a non-judgmental space for my clients to feel supported and understood, while gaining the insight they need to make changes and feel empowered in their lives.
(317) 660-8909 View (317) 660-8909
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Elizabeth Duffy
LMHCA, MDiv
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46208
I use a psychodynamic approach to therapy, delving deep into dreams and memories, empowering with self-knowledge, healing hidden wounds, and exploring the client-referenced frameworks that provide meaning.
I work with artists, entrepreneurs, musicians, clergy, students, other therapists, professionals and anyone trying to carry the demands of modern life and maintain their humanity. I help clients live creatively, identifying their core values and exploring new ways of knowing themselves and their most intimate relationships. Some of my clients have come from high control relationships or religious dynamics and are working to connect with a stronger, more essential self. Some are going through life transitions that have stirred up unfelt emotions and exposed patterns of relating that no longer serve them.
I use a psychodynamic approach to therapy, delving deep into dreams and memories, empowering with self-knowledge, healing hidden wounds, and exploring the client-referenced frameworks that provide meaning.
I work with artists, entrepreneurs, musicians, clergy, students, other therapists, professionals and anyone trying to carry the demands of modern life and maintain their humanity. I help clients live creatively, identifying their core values and exploring new ways of knowing themselves and their most intimate relationships. Some of my clients have come from high control relationships or religious dynamics and are working to connect with a stronger, more essential self. Some are going through life transitions that have stirred up unfelt emotions and exposed patterns of relating that no longer serve them.
(317) 931-2379 x5031 View (317) 931-2379 x5031
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Michael John Maksimovich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46220
I use an eclectic treatment approach to tailor treatment to each individual that is client centered and includes elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.
My mental health knowledge base is derived from crisis care in the busiest emergency department in Indiana, residential treatment facilities, partial hospitalization programs, inpatient psychiatric hospitalization programs and traditional outpatient therapy settings. I now work independently and am happy to share office space at New Perspectives of Indiana. I focus on working with both adolescent and adult patients who are living and struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and interpersonal related issues.
I use an eclectic treatment approach to tailor treatment to each individual that is client centered and includes elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.
My mental health knowledge base is derived from crisis care in the busiest emergency department in Indiana, residential treatment facilities, partial hospitalization programs, inpatient psychiatric hospitalization programs and traditional outpatient therapy settings. I now work independently and am happy to share office space at New Perspectives of Indiana. I focus on working with both adolescent and adult patients who are living and struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and interpersonal related issues.
(317) 586-4491 View (317) 586-4491
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Sarah Nevin
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46220
My training consists of primarily working with individuals using psychodynamic psychotherapy (revealing the unconscious), attachment theory (the dynamics of long-term relationships), and object-relations models (how relationships are affected by early experiences).
I work with people who want to move from emotional pain, conflict or confusion toward more happiness, peace and passion in their life, work, and relationships. Together, we'll learn to observe repeating life patterns and examine how the past might be influencing your present and future. Our work together can also help you discover and strengthen the creative, emotional, and intuitive resources that can lead you toward more passionate, fulfilling life.
My training consists of primarily working with individuals using psychodynamic psychotherapy (revealing the unconscious), attachment theory (the dynamics of long-term relationships), and object-relations models (how relationships are affected by early experiences).
I work with people who want to move from emotional pain, conflict or confusion toward more happiness, peace and passion in their life, work, and relationships. Together, we'll learn to observe repeating life patterns and examine how the past might be influencing your present and future. Our work together can also help you discover and strengthen the creative, emotional, and intuitive resources that can lead you toward more passionate, fulfilling life.
(317) 662-2862 View (317) 662-2862
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Sofia Veraldi
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46220
My approach to therapy stems from an attachment theory and psychodynamic background both with individuals and couples. In our work together we will unpack problems, address stresses and anxiety, and create resiliency you can take into your future. I tailor talk therapy strategies to each client to take into consideration their unique life experiences and therapeutic goals. I take this same approach with the couples I see, using Imago Relationship Therapy. In couples therapy you can expect to increase your understanding of your partner and learn new ways to communicate with each other that feel connecting.
My approach to therapy stems from an attachment theory and psychodynamic background both with individuals and couples. In our work together we will unpack problems, address stresses and anxiety, and create resiliency you can take into your future. I tailor talk therapy strategies to each client to take into consideration their unique life experiences and therapeutic goals. I take this same approach with the couples I see, using Imago Relationship Therapy. In couples therapy you can expect to increase your understanding of your partner and learn new ways to communicate with each other that feel connecting.
(463) 241-3565 View (463) 241-3565
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Kaitlyn Ferry
LMHCA, MDiv
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46220
I use a collaborative, psychodynamic approach that takes into account the complex factors that make each person’s experience unique including family history, personality style, coping mechanisms, relational patterns, and personal goals.
Are anxiety or feelings of emptiness keeping you disconnected from your own life? Do you feel stuck in unsatisfying patterns that are negatively affecting your well-being or relationships? These symptoms likely started as attempts towards solutions as you adapted to meet life’s challenges or overcome trauma. Except, these solutions are no longer working for you and might be making things worse, but it is not too late to change! You have made the first step by seeking out support in your path towards wellness.
I use a collaborative, psychodynamic approach that takes into account the complex factors that make each person’s experience unique including family history, personality style, coping mechanisms, relational patterns, and personal goals.
Are anxiety or feelings of emptiness keeping you disconnected from your own life? Do you feel stuck in unsatisfying patterns that are negatively affecting your well-being or relationships? These symptoms likely started as attempts towards solutions as you adapted to meet life’s challenges or overcome trauma. Except, these solutions are no longer working for you and might be making things worse, but it is not too late to change! You have made the first step by seeking out support in your path towards wellness.
(765) 560-0912 View (765) 560-0912
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Juan Manuel Hernandez
Psychologist, PsyD, HSPP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46229  (Online Only)
These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), psychodynamic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Integrated Whole Health model approach.
Dr. Hernandez, a licensed Clinical Psychologist (PsyD) and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP), specializes in providing mental health services. His focus encompasses Spanish-speaking individuals, veterans, and those struggling with low-income and adverse childhood experiences. As a Mexican immigrant and a veteran of OIF and OEF, he brings unique empathy and understanding to the challenges faced by his clients.
These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), psychodynamic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Integrated Whole Health model approach.
Dr. Hernandez, a licensed Clinical Psychologist (PsyD) and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP), specializes in providing mental health services. His focus encompasses Spanish-speaking individuals, veterans, and those struggling with low-income and adverse childhood experiences. As a Mexican immigrant and a veteran of OIF and OEF, he brings unique empathy and understanding to the challenges faced by his clients.
(317) 676-4562 View (317) 676-4562
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Sarah Spiewak
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years of experience in the mental health field. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Master’s of Social Work from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, concentrating on trauma; community and gun violence; addictions; attachments and interpersonal relationships; and mental health. Sarah approaches her work through a trauma-informed lens, utilizing modalities including EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years of experience in the mental health field. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Master’s of Social Work from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, concentrating on trauma; community and gun violence; addictions; attachments and interpersonal relationships; and mental health. Sarah approaches her work through a trauma-informed lens, utilizing modalities including EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
(317) 983-5867 View (317) 983-5867
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Brent Luebcke
Psychologist, PhD, HSPP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Because each person has unique experiences, thoughts, feelings, and strengths, therapy can be an individualized process that is designed from the first session to assist clients towards their desired goals. For some, therapy involves receiving immediate support. For others, it involves examination of the past. Furthermore, some clients seek help to engage in new skills for the present and future. Therapy often involves safe exploration of new strategies to lead towards desired growth. My approach to therapy integrates theory and techniques from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), and interpersonal psychotherapies.
Because each person has unique experiences, thoughts, feelings, and strengths, therapy can be an individualized process that is designed from the first session to assist clients towards their desired goals. For some, therapy involves receiving immediate support. For others, it involves examination of the past. Furthermore, some clients seek help to engage in new skills for the present and future. Therapy often involves safe exploration of new strategies to lead towards desired growth. My approach to therapy integrates theory and techniques from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), and interpersonal psychotherapies.
(317) 751-2905 View (317) 751-2905
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Lanah Wignall
LMHCA
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46220
I utilize a trauma informed care perspective while implementing aspects of DBT, CBT, psychodynamic theory and ACT modalities.
My passion is to walk alongside individuals who need support in the places they may feel stuck. I believe that the first step to change is genuine connection while feeling safe, heard, and seen. I am passionate about my clients finding healing and freedom by living in their personal values and embracing their authentic and genuine self.
I utilize a trauma informed care perspective while implementing aspects of DBT, CBT, psychodynamic theory and ACT modalities.
My passion is to walk alongside individuals who need support in the places they may feel stuck. I believe that the first step to change is genuine connection while feeling safe, heard, and seen. I am passionate about my clients finding healing and freedom by living in their personal values and embracing their authentic and genuine self.
(463) 243-5896 View (463) 243-5896
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Jamison Edwards
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46229  (Online Only)
Using a combination of psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy, I work with you to better understand the root of the issue and find relief.
Do you have thoughts, behaviors, or maladaptive patterns that have become a hinderance in your life? Have they become a barrier to creating and maintaining healthy relationships? Is this interfering with your sense of self, causing growing self-doubt or poor self-esteem? It is likely that these patterns were formed as defense mechanisms, uniquely designed in response to early experiences and environments, but now they no longer fit into the context of your life. Often these patterns are so entrenched in us that we’re not sure where they came from or how to stop them, which may produce feelings of anxiety, depression, fear, or grief.
Using a combination of psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy, I work with you to better understand the root of the issue and find relief.
Do you have thoughts, behaviors, or maladaptive patterns that have become a hinderance in your life? Have they become a barrier to creating and maintaining healthy relationships? Is this interfering with your sense of self, causing growing self-doubt or poor self-esteem? It is likely that these patterns were formed as defense mechanisms, uniquely designed in response to early experiences and environments, but now they no longer fit into the context of your life. Often these patterns are so entrenched in us that we’re not sure where they came from or how to stop them, which may produce feelings of anxiety, depression, fear, or grief.
(765) 268-9865 View (765) 268-9865
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Sarah Mishler
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46260
I understand that you may be suffering in some way, feeling lost, confused or scared. I can offer you a safe, confidential, and nonjudgmental space where you may fully express yourself. I have a holistic interest in your health which includes how the mind, body, and soul affect each other. I practice from a compassionate, patient centered perspective based in a psychodynamic approach. This approach focuses on exploration to find and understand the origin of your issues. It takes time but can lead to longer and more meaningful change.
I understand that you may be suffering in some way, feeling lost, confused or scared. I can offer you a safe, confidential, and nonjudgmental space where you may fully express yourself. I have a holistic interest in your health which includes how the mind, body, and soul affect each other. I practice from a compassionate, patient centered perspective based in a psychodynamic approach. This approach focuses on exploration to find and understand the origin of your issues. It takes time but can lead to longer and more meaningful change.
(317) 458-5075 View (317) 458-5075
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Kelly Burk
LMHCA, MDiv
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Waitlist for new clients
I offer depth psychotherapy to individuals who are looking for a collaborative, integrative, and psychodynamic approach.
Have you been experiencing emotions intensely or noticing the absence of emotion? Are there aspects of your life and relationships you’d like to improve? Perhaps you want to understand yourself better, recover from traumatic experiences, or learn coping skills to navigate these challenging times. Maybe you aren’t sure what is holding you back and you want to talk to someone who can help.
I offer depth psychotherapy to individuals who are looking for a collaborative, integrative, and psychodynamic approach.
Have you been experiencing emotions intensely or noticing the absence of emotion? Are there aspects of your life and relationships you’d like to improve? Perhaps you want to understand yourself better, recover from traumatic experiences, or learn coping skills to navigate these challenging times. Maybe you aren’t sure what is holding you back and you want to talk to someone who can help.
(317) 967-9081 x5028 View (317) 967-9081 x5028
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Katherine Turner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CST
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46240
I believe the process of therapy will help you clarify your feelings, understand yourself and others, explore options, and make changes in your life. My orientation as a therapist is both psychodynamic and interactive--gaining an understanding of your past to enhance your future. I consider self-knowledge and self-acceptance the best ways to overcome challenges encountered throughout life. Therapy should be tailored to a client's needs as no two people are alike, therefore I employ a variety of theories, techniques, and practices which customize treatment to the uniqueness of each individual.
I believe the process of therapy will help you clarify your feelings, understand yourself and others, explore options, and make changes in your life. My orientation as a therapist is both psychodynamic and interactive--gaining an understanding of your past to enhance your future. I consider self-knowledge and self-acceptance the best ways to overcome challenges encountered throughout life. Therapy should be tailored to a client's needs as no two people are alike, therefore I employ a variety of theories, techniques, and practices which customize treatment to the uniqueness of each individual.
(317) 443-9593 View (317) 443-9593
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Dr. Lorna Martinez-Guzman
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240
I am also trained in treating racial trauma using a therapy model based in social justice and afrocentric psychology and work from a process-oriented, psychodynamic framework.
I primarily work with adolescents, adults, and older adults, providing individual and couples therapy. My goal is to provide a safe environment where we can explore your lived experience within the context of identity, culture, and social context. I have experience helping people work through concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, lifestyle changes, identity exploration, health problems, or just feeling “stuck”. I am also committed to maintaining an environment affirming of intersecting cultural identities, with an emphasis on social justice, anti-racism, anti-colonialism, and promotion of LGBTQIA+ and sex positive values.
I am also trained in treating racial trauma using a therapy model based in social justice and afrocentric psychology and work from a process-oriented, psychodynamic framework.
I primarily work with adolescents, adults, and older adults, providing individual and couples therapy. My goal is to provide a safe environment where we can explore your lived experience within the context of identity, culture, and social context. I have experience helping people work through concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, lifestyle changes, identity exploration, health problems, or just feeling “stuck”. I am also committed to maintaining an environment affirming of intersecting cultural identities, with an emphasis on social justice, anti-racism, anti-colonialism, and promotion of LGBTQIA+ and sex positive values.
(317) 751-7375 View (317) 751-7375
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Susan Geshay
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, LMHC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240
My approach to therapy is psychodynamic, which means I listen and attend to feelings and beliefs about your past experiences - relational, emotional, and cultural - which inform your internal dialogue and interactions with the outside world. The goal is to make connections that support growth and change to create a healthier, more satisfying life.
My approach to therapy is psychodynamic, which means I listen and attend to feelings and beliefs about your past experiences - relational, emotional, and cultural - which inform your internal dialogue and interactions with the outside world. The goal is to make connections that support growth and change to create a healthier, more satisfying life.
(463) 777-4072 View (463) 777-4072

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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.