Psychodynamic Therapists in McKeesport, PA

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Nancy A. Hamilton
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McKeesport, PA 15132
I treat adult clients with a range of concerns, including life adjustments, mood disorders, trauma history, anxiety, personality disorders, stress, dual diagnosis (MH/D&A), dual diagnosis (MH/ID), as well as individuals who wish to maximize their full potential. The nature of the therapeutic relationship is the bedrock from which trust develops and is the key to improve upon all other relationships, including with one's self. I assist individuals to discover and build upon inner strengths, skills, and abilities to better adapt to the challenges that a fulfilling life presents.
I treat adult clients with a range of concerns, including life adjustments, mood disorders, trauma history, anxiety, personality disorders, stress, dual diagnosis (MH/D&A), dual diagnosis (MH/ID), as well as individuals who wish to maximize their full potential. The nature of the therapeutic relationship is the bedrock from which trust develops and is the key to improve upon all other relationships, including with one's self. I assist individuals to discover and build upon inner strengths, skills, and abilities to better adapt to the challenges that a fulfilling life presents.
(412) 254-8953 View (412) 254-8953
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Lifebulb Counseling & Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
McKeesport, PA 15132  (Online Only)
Working with us you'll get results. Because we believe you're best served by a clinician who's passionate about not only their work, but who they work with as well. That's why we started Lifebulb - We're committed to building an organization that truly allows therapists to get back to enjoying their work, so you, our client, can receive the highest quality therapy services, whether in person at one of our locations or online through telehealth. We hire only highly trained and educated, licensed clinicians dedicated to the therapy process. We're confident we can help you achieve your therapy goals.
Working with us you'll get results. Because we believe you're best served by a clinician who's passionate about not only their work, but who they work with as well. That's why we started Lifebulb - We're committed to building an organization that truly allows therapists to get back to enjoying their work, so you, our client, can receive the highest quality therapy services, whether in person at one of our locations or online through telehealth. We hire only highly trained and educated, licensed clinicians dedicated to the therapy process. We're confident we can help you achieve your therapy goals.
(412) 899-1779 View (412) 899-1779
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Christian Counseling Associates of Western PA
Counselor, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McKeesport, PA 15133
Christian Counseling Associates (CCA) provides individual, marriage, and family counseling. We serve Christians who want their faith integrated into the counseling process and those holding any beliefs or attitudes toward spirituality. Our counselors will help you identify the core issues that have caused your emotional and personal problems, and immediately develop strategies to resolve these issues. CCA is able to provide a full range of clinical services. Please visit our website at www.ccawpa.com for a complete description of our faith based counseling services, locations, and counseling staff.
Christian Counseling Associates (CCA) provides individual, marriage, and family counseling. We serve Christians who want their faith integrated into the counseling process and those holding any beliefs or attitudes toward spirituality. Our counselors will help you identify the core issues that have caused your emotional and personal problems, and immediately develop strategies to resolve these issues. CCA is able to provide a full range of clinical services. Please visit our website at www.ccawpa.com for a complete description of our faith based counseling services, locations, and counseling staff.
(724) 764-4569 View (724) 764-4569
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Marguerite Bryce
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD
Verified Verified
McKeesport, PA 15132
I have years of experience working with adults, children, couples and seniors. Clients with symptoms of anxiety and depression are a large part of my practice. From prior hospital work, I have knowledge regarding the impact of physical illness on mental health. I see clients both in person and virtually.
I have years of experience working with adults, children, couples and seniors. Clients with symptoms of anxiety and depression are a large part of my practice. From prior hospital work, I have knowledge regarding the impact of physical illness on mental health. I see clients both in person and virtually.
(412) 844-2317 View (412) 844-2317
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Sanderson Psychological, LLC
Psychologist
Verified Verified
McKeesport, PA 15135
Sanderson Psychological is a mental health counseling practice that values quality of client care. We have multiple providers with varying interests and expertise in order to provide the best therapist/client fit. Our mission is to help our clients reconnect with themselves and to explore current or past experiences that have not yet been processed. We hope that through this journey, we will help our clients find deeper self-understanding and compassion.
Sanderson Psychological is a mental health counseling practice that values quality of client care. We have multiple providers with varying interests and expertise in order to provide the best therapist/client fit. Our mission is to help our clients reconnect with themselves and to explore current or past experiences that have not yet been processed. We hope that through this journey, we will help our clients find deeper self-understanding and compassion.
(412) 754-1100 View (412) 754-1100
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Seema Chaubey
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
McKeesport, PA 15133  (Online Only)
As a counselor I have 20+ years of experience working with adults and children. I treat my clients in a compassionate and professional manner and my approach is usually eclectic as I choose them according to the needs of my client. Techniques used by me are CBT, REBT, ACT, Motivational, Gestalt approach, meditation, relaxation and guided imagery. My expertise is in mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorders, and on anxiety disorders such as OCD, panic disorder, and phobias. Anger management in relationships and marriage and relationship therapy are also my interest areas as well as resolution of trauma issues, whether acute or chronic. I have and continue to treat dually diagnosed substance abuse clients.
As a counselor I have 20+ years of experience working with adults and children. I treat my clients in a compassionate and professional manner and my approach is usually eclectic as I choose them according to the needs of my client. Techniques used by me are CBT, REBT, ACT, Motivational, Gestalt approach, meditation, relaxation and guided imagery. My expertise is in mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorders, and on anxiety disorders such as OCD, panic disorder, and phobias. Anger management in relationships and marriage and relationship therapy are also my interest areas as well as resolution of trauma issues, whether acute or chronic. I have and continue to treat dually diagnosed substance abuse clients.
(609) 778-1512 View (609) 778-1512

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Carole Joan Honeychurch
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NBCC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
I work with a variety of modalities, including psychodynamic, person-centered therapy and more symptom-focused modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
People seek therapy when they are in pain. This pain may show up as anxiety, depression, loneliness, compulsive behaviors, addiction or a combination of these. My job as your therapist is to meet you where you are and to understand your experience, your pain, and to help you move forward. The goal is to create a collaboration in which you have the support and safety to begin to challenge thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that may be holding you back and causing suffering. I will guide you in this work with warmth, humor, respect, and acceptance.
I work with a variety of modalities, including psychodynamic, person-centered therapy and more symptom-focused modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
People seek therapy when they are in pain. This pain may show up as anxiety, depression, loneliness, compulsive behaviors, addiction or a combination of these. My job as your therapist is to meet you where you are and to understand your experience, your pain, and to help you move forward. The goal is to create a collaboration in which you have the support and safety to begin to challenge thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that may be holding you back and causing suffering. I will guide you in this work with warmth, humor, respect, and acceptance.
(412) 275-4853 View (412) 275-4853
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Katerina Istomin
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Squirrel Hill, PA 15217
Not accepting new clients
My therapeutic approach is primarily grounded in evidence-based practice drawing from Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with an emphasis on social justice and a multicultural framework.
Therapy offers us an opportunity to be seen and understood as we are in the present moment. Turning inward lets us examine and explore our values, needs, and relationships with others. I work from a collaborative, warm, and open approach to therapy, highlighting the therapeutic relationship to build self-awareness, meaning, and cognitive flexibility. I believe that building insight and awareness into what motivates our behaviors leads to long lasting change. My areas of specialization include those in STEM and other professionals, University students, relationship counseling, and Mindfulness based psychotherapy.
My therapeutic approach is primarily grounded in evidence-based practice drawing from Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with an emphasis on social justice and a multicultural framework.
Therapy offers us an opportunity to be seen and understood as we are in the present moment. Turning inward lets us examine and explore our values, needs, and relationships with others. I work from a collaborative, warm, and open approach to therapy, highlighting the therapeutic relationship to build self-awareness, meaning, and cognitive flexibility. I believe that building insight and awareness into what motivates our behaviors leads to long lasting change. My areas of specialization include those in STEM and other professionals, University students, relationship counseling, and Mindfulness based psychotherapy.
(412) 307-8868 View (412) 307-8868
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Marla Somova
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Not accepting new clients
Humanistic, Relational Psychodynamic approach with a focus on helping clients increase understanding and awareness of their emotions, experiences, and relational patterns.
I have over 20 years of experience working with adults (age 18+) on issues of identity, relationships, and family concerns, as well as stress, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I have extensive experience working with college students and the particular challenges of young adulthood. I approach psychotherapy as a collaborative endeavor, and I believe that understanding the past is important in helping you make changes in the present. I look forward to helping you work towards your goals! In addition to my practice, I am an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Carlow University.
Humanistic, Relational Psychodynamic approach with a focus on helping clients increase understanding and awareness of their emotions, experiences, and relational patterns.
I have over 20 years of experience working with adults (age 18+) on issues of identity, relationships, and family concerns, as well as stress, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I have extensive experience working with college students and the particular challenges of young adulthood. I approach psychotherapy as a collaborative endeavor, and I believe that understanding the past is important in helping you make changes in the present. I look forward to helping you work towards your goals! In addition to my practice, I am an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Carlow University.
(412) 567-3264 View (412) 567-3264
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Sari Fleischman, PsyD, PLLC
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
I utilize an integrative model, drawing from relational, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, EMDR, and attachment based approaches.
Many find themselves at a point in their lives where external support is necessary to navigate life's challenges. My clients seek therapy for a variety of reasons. Some may come to therapy to deal with a specific struggle, such as anxiety or depression, while others initiate therapy during a difficult life transition. Even positive transitions, such as getting a new job or starting a new relationship can be stressful. Together, we will merge our resources to address these challenges in a safe environment by exploring patterns, processing events from the past, and creating plans for change in the future.
I utilize an integrative model, drawing from relational, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, EMDR, and attachment based approaches.
Many find themselves at a point in their lives where external support is necessary to navigate life's challenges. My clients seek therapy for a variety of reasons. Some may come to therapy to deal with a specific struggle, such as anxiety or depression, while others initiate therapy during a difficult life transition. Even positive transitions, such as getting a new job or starting a new relationship can be stressful. Together, we will merge our resources to address these challenges in a safe environment by exploring patterns, processing events from the past, and creating plans for change in the future.
(484) 938-1307 View (484) 938-1307
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Anna Kozlowska
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
I am open to working with clients from all walks of life, those who know what their goals are, and those who are uncertain about what they expect from therapy. My professional and lived experience helps me relate to clients who have difficulties adjusting to changes in life, as well as older adults, caregivers, and people of all ages struggling with family issues. A psychodynamic approach helps clients feel listened to and encouraged to develop their story, gain insight and self-awareness, & notice the connection between past events and current difficulties.
I am open to working with clients from all walks of life, those who know what their goals are, and those who are uncertain about what they expect from therapy. My professional and lived experience helps me relate to clients who have difficulties adjusting to changes in life, as well as older adults, caregivers, and people of all ages struggling with family issues. A psychodynamic approach helps clients feel listened to and encouraged to develop their story, gain insight and self-awareness, & notice the connection between past events and current difficulties.
(412) 218-3834 View (412) 218-3834
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Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Pittsburgh
Counselor
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Popular approaches include CBT, DBT, EMDR, Christian Counseling, PCT, Motivational Interviewing, EFT, Positive Psychology, Psychodynamic therapy, Relational therapy, Narrative therapy, and more.
At Thriveworks, we're dedicated to providing top-tier mental health services that are easily accessible to everyone. With over 340 locations nationwide and flexible online therapy options, our professional therapists are equipped to assist you through any stress, life transitions, or ongoing mental health concerns. We prioritize your convenience and needs by offering flexible scheduling, including evening and weekend appointments, ensuring that you can start your therapy journey as early as this week. Plus, we accept most major insurance plans, making your path to mental health support smoother and more affordable.
Popular approaches include CBT, DBT, EMDR, Christian Counseling, PCT, Motivational Interviewing, EFT, Positive Psychology, Psychodynamic therapy, Relational therapy, Narrative therapy, and more.
At Thriveworks, we're dedicated to providing top-tier mental health services that are easily accessible to everyone. With over 340 locations nationwide and flexible online therapy options, our professional therapists are equipped to assist you through any stress, life transitions, or ongoing mental health concerns. We prioritize your convenience and needs by offering flexible scheduling, including evening and weekend appointments, ensuring that you can start your therapy journey as early as this week. Plus, we accept most major insurance plans, making your path to mental health support smoother and more affordable.
(412) 455-8994 View (412) 455-8994
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Joy B Krumenacker
Licensed Professional Counselor, PsyD, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Not accepting new clients
Psychotherapy is a unique journey; a journey that I am committed to taking with you. My interests include working with interpersonal/relational issues as well as concerns related to identity, personality, sex/sexuality, anxiety, and trauma. I practice from a psychodynamic approach, personalized to meet the needs of each client. Our sessions together will assist you in developing a greater understanding of self and your interactions with others. I am currently offering individual sessions as well as supervision to pre-licensed professionals.
Psychotherapy is a unique journey; a journey that I am committed to taking with you. My interests include working with interpersonal/relational issues as well as concerns related to identity, personality, sex/sexuality, anxiety, and trauma. I practice from a psychodynamic approach, personalized to meet the needs of each client. Our sessions together will assist you in developing a greater understanding of self and your interactions with others. I am currently offering individual sessions as well as supervision to pre-licensed professionals.
(412) 927-0795 View (412) 927-0795
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Karen Kapsanis
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
I draw on psychodynamic (insight-oriented) and humanistic (including Gestalt and client-centered) approaches to offer individual psychotherapy for adults.
Accepting new patients. Are you handling too much stress with too little support, hurting from a relationship, or struggling with other painful life events? Talking to someone who listens sensitively and thinks deeply with you can get you on a path to feeling better. My approach to therapy is holistic and collaborative, with the aim of helping you deepen your self-understanding, increase your life satisfaction, and create meaningful change.
I draw on psychodynamic (insight-oriented) and humanistic (including Gestalt and client-centered) approaches to offer individual psychotherapy for adults.
Accepting new patients. Are you handling too much stress with too little support, hurting from a relationship, or struggling with other painful life events? Talking to someone who listens sensitively and thinks deeply with you can get you on a path to feeling better. My approach to therapy is holistic and collaborative, with the aim of helping you deepen your self-understanding, increase your life satisfaction, and create meaningful change.
(412) 404-0137 View (412) 404-0137
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Megan Dufford
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Squirrel Hill, PA 15217  (Online Only)
Many find psychotherapy useful as a space to explore stressors and difficulties, learn new ways to cope with hardships, and ultimately make changes to enhance quality of life. I remain focused on providing support to each client and incorporate techniques aimed to alleviate distress, foster resilience, and help one move closer to achieving their goals. I utilize an integrative approach including person-centered, supportive, CBT, and/or psychodynamic techniques, always tailoring my style to meet each client's unique needs.
Many find psychotherapy useful as a space to explore stressors and difficulties, learn new ways to cope with hardships, and ultimately make changes to enhance quality of life. I remain focused on providing support to each client and incorporate techniques aimed to alleviate distress, foster resilience, and help one move closer to achieving their goals. I utilize an integrative approach including person-centered, supportive, CBT, and/or psychodynamic techniques, always tailoring my style to meet each client's unique needs.
(412) 253-7125 View (412) 253-7125
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Linda J Nordquist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
The most courageous thing you can do is to begin the journey of understanding your own story. Our past experiences touch nearly every relationship in our lives. Often, despite our best efforts, old unhelpful patterns re-emerge. Our ways of coping with stress and uncertainty become painful and limiting with time. Psychotherapy can be a space to unlearn these harmful patterns and heal past hurtful experiences. I use an eclectic framework for therapy that depends on what my client feels is most helpful, though my roots are in attachment, psychodynamic and EMDR therapies.
The most courageous thing you can do is to begin the journey of understanding your own story. Our past experiences touch nearly every relationship in our lives. Often, despite our best efforts, old unhelpful patterns re-emerge. Our ways of coping with stress and uncertainty become painful and limiting with time. Psychotherapy can be a space to unlearn these harmful patterns and heal past hurtful experiences. I use an eclectic framework for therapy that depends on what my client feels is most helpful, though my roots are in attachment, psychodynamic and EMDR therapies.
(412) 275-4683 View (412) 275-4683
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Brooke Davidson - Eleven Eleven Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15213  (Online Only)
Using a psychodynamic approach, we'll explore your past experiences to understand how they shape your current feelings and behaviors.
Are you looking for a safe, supportive space to navigate life's challenges? As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker dedicated to serving the LGBTQ+ and neurodivergent communities, I provide individual and couples therapy focused on fostering a sense of safety and understanding. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply seeking to find balance in your daily life, my practice is a haven where you can explore your thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment. My goal is to create a welcoming environment where you feel seen, heard, and valued, empowering you to take those first steps.
Using a psychodynamic approach, we'll explore your past experiences to understand how they shape your current feelings and behaviors.
Are you looking for a safe, supportive space to navigate life's challenges? As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker dedicated to serving the LGBTQ+ and neurodivergent communities, I provide individual and couples therapy focused on fostering a sense of safety and understanding. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply seeking to find balance in your daily life, my practice is a haven where you can explore your thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment. My goal is to create a welcoming environment where you feel seen, heard, and valued, empowering you to take those first steps.
(215) 770-0235 View (215) 770-0235
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Carrie Buckner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MDiv
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
A psychodynamic perspective in session means I will often look back at your past to see how it could be impacting your present.
I have primarily worked with clients regarding life transitions/adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, self-harm, LGBTQ exploration, interpersonal conflicts, family dynamics, spiritual/faith/religious concerns or abuse, and boundary setting. I enjoy clients who are seeking to better understand themselves and growing their confidence in who they are. Only after we have insight and awareness can we try to make meaningful changes. I enjoy explorative, open-minded depth work that is holistic and fulfilling for the client. I am trauma-informed and use an eclectic approach with a psychodynamic foundation.
A psychodynamic perspective in session means I will often look back at your past to see how it could be impacting your present.
I have primarily worked with clients regarding life transitions/adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, self-harm, LGBTQ exploration, interpersonal conflicts, family dynamics, spiritual/faith/religious concerns or abuse, and boundary setting. I enjoy clients who are seeking to better understand themselves and growing their confidence in who they are. Only after we have insight and awareness can we try to make meaningful changes. I enjoy explorative, open-minded depth work that is holistic and fulfilling for the client. I am trauma-informed and use an eclectic approach with a psychodynamic foundation.
(412) 981-2331 View (412) 981-2331
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Susie Yi
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Through a systemic and embodied framework I utilize techniques from narrative, relational, and psychodynamic therapies, existentialism, and other modalities in order to best meet your therapeutic needs and goals.
Are you looking to connect deeper with yourself and those around you? Do you feel stuck or paralyzed by anxiety and struggle to find new, helpful ways to cope with the things you're dealing with? If you're going through a hard time, you don't have to do it alone. Together we can help you find and practice new skills and strategies to work towards your healing from a bottom-up approach that feels sustainable and empowering.
Through a systemic and embodied framework I utilize techniques from narrative, relational, and psychodynamic therapies, existentialism, and other modalities in order to best meet your therapeutic needs and goals.
Are you looking to connect deeper with yourself and those around you? Do you feel stuck or paralyzed by anxiety and struggle to find new, helpful ways to cope with the things you're dealing with? If you're going through a hard time, you don't have to do it alone. Together we can help you find and practice new skills and strategies to work towards your healing from a bottom-up approach that feels sustainable and empowering.
(215) 918-7450 View (215) 918-7450
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Dr. Yisroel (Jonathan) King
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
When working with children, adolescents, and families, Yisroel utilizes psychodynamic, CBT, play, and art therapy techniques, as well as mindfulness and family systems strategies to support clients in actualizing their goals in treatment.
Yisroel is a clinician at Cardigan Psychological, LLC. He has had extensive training in providing child and adolescent individual therapy, structural family therapy, and school and home-based interventions. His experience includes working in therapeutic and educational settings with children and adolescents struggling with a variety of difficulties including behavioral disorders, depression, trauma, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, and many other mental health concerns.
When working with children, adolescents, and families, Yisroel utilizes psychodynamic, CBT, play, and art therapy techniques, as well as mindfulness and family systems strategies to support clients in actualizing their goals in treatment.
Yisroel is a clinician at Cardigan Psychological, LLC. He has had extensive training in providing child and adolescent individual therapy, structural family therapy, and school and home-based interventions. His experience includes working in therapeutic and educational settings with children and adolescents struggling with a variety of difficulties including behavioral disorders, depression, trauma, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, and many other mental health concerns.
(724) 573-3647 View (724) 573-3647

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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.