Psychodynamic Therapists in Swissvale, PA

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Adrienne Bernardina
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Swissvale, PA 15218
I have experience working with individual adults, adolescents and children, couples and families. I provide a safe and comfortable environment in which you can explore your feelings and develop self-awareness of your perspectives and insight into your motives and fears. I help you with feelings of depression and anxiety due to relationship issues-between individuals or within a family, life changes or loss. Together we can uncover unresolved issues from past experiences or trauma which often impact present behaviors and feelings.
I have experience working with individual adults, adolescents and children, couples and families. I provide a safe and comfortable environment in which you can explore your feelings and develop self-awareness of your perspectives and insight into your motives and fears. I help you with feelings of depression and anxiety due to relationship issues-between individuals or within a family, life changes or loss. Together we can uncover unresolved issues from past experiences or trauma which often impact present behaviors and feelings.
(412) 228-0368 View (412) 228-0368
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Rachael D Rosen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD
Verified Verified
Swissvale, PA 15218
I like working with college and graduate students. Individuals and couples who want to enhance their quality of life and will do the work and exploration that this journey may require. I am very engaging and will be active with you in the process. I have over forty years as a clinical Social Worker. I have a certification as a certified Sex Therapist and educator .(ASSECT) I work with new parents and families trying to become parents.
I like working with college and graduate students. Individuals and couples who want to enhance their quality of life and will do the work and exploration that this journey may require. I am very engaging and will be active with you in the process. I have over forty years as a clinical Social Worker. I have a certification as a certified Sex Therapist and educator .(ASSECT) I work with new parents and families trying to become parents.
(412) 253-4813 View (412) 253-4813
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Michelle Landau
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSA, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Swissvale, PA 15218
I help clients learn to listen to and hear themselves; my interest is in helping you to develop the confidence to recognize and honor your own wisdom and thereby make more effective choices in your life. My clinical experiences have afforded me the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients, including but not limited to those with major depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bi-polar disorder, and grief. If you are interested in gaining insight into your problems and concerns in order to make changes in your life, then our work together will be rewarding for you.
I help clients learn to listen to and hear themselves; my interest is in helping you to develop the confidence to recognize and honor your own wisdom and thereby make more effective choices in your life. My clinical experiences have afforded me the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients, including but not limited to those with major depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bi-polar disorder, and grief. If you are interested in gaining insight into your problems and concerns in order to make changes in your life, then our work together will be rewarding for you.
(412) 253-6173 View (412) 253-6173
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Isaly Counseling Associates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LPC, RN, AT, CAADC
Verified Verified
Swissvale, PA 15218
ICA is a group of dedicated mental & behavioral health professionals who offer mediation, counseling & substance abuse services to adults, children, couples, & families in a supportive environment. Our providers are highly qualified & experienced professionals who treat each client with compassion, dignity, & respect while helping each to work through areas of concern. We believe that help begins with a strong therapist/client relationship in order to achieve long-term results and as such, each approach is personalized and tailored to the specific need of the client. We have an additional office in Swissvale at 2033 Noble St.
ICA is a group of dedicated mental & behavioral health professionals who offer mediation, counseling & substance abuse services to adults, children, couples, & families in a supportive environment. Our providers are highly qualified & experienced professionals who treat each client with compassion, dignity, & respect while helping each to work through areas of concern. We believe that help begins with a strong therapist/client relationship in order to achieve long-term results and as such, each approach is personalized and tailored to the specific need of the client. We have an additional office in Swissvale at 2033 Noble St.
(412) 369-4285 View (412) 369-4285
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Marisa Costa
Licensed Professional Counselor, MET, LPC
Verified Verified
Swissvale, PA 15218
Not accepting new clients
**I am not currently accepting new clients** Each of us has intrinsic worth and our hearts and psyches have the ability to heal. My work with adults of all ages draws on the expressive arts, motivational and strengths-based therapies and cognitive behavioral and trauma-informed therapies. One of my passions has been exploring the ways in which the expressive arts - visual art, drama, music, movement, writing - touch us deeply and express emotions for which there may simply be no words. Where the response to suffering is compassion and hope, the goals of the individual - not the therapist - inspire the therapeutic process.
**I am not currently accepting new clients** Each of us has intrinsic worth and our hearts and psyches have the ability to heal. My work with adults of all ages draws on the expressive arts, motivational and strengths-based therapies and cognitive behavioral and trauma-informed therapies. One of my passions has been exploring the ways in which the expressive arts - visual art, drama, music, movement, writing - touch us deeply and express emotions for which there may simply be no words. Where the response to suffering is compassion and hope, the goals of the individual - not the therapist - inspire the therapeutic process.
(412) 532-1356 View (412) 532-1356

More Therapists Nearby

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Laurie E. Pietragallo
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15232  (Online Only)
My general approach to therapy includes a balance of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to treat symptoms affecting daily functioning and Psychodynamic Therapy, which explores the origin of a problem if so desired.
I believe the greatest gift we can offer to someone in need is the ability to meet them where they are and without judgement. My approach to therapy is humanistic, providing a supportive environment comprised of acceptance and appropriate humor. My specialties include treatment of anxiety and depression as well as issues concerning self-esteem, spirituality, and life transitions to adults ages 25+.
My general approach to therapy includes a balance of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to treat symptoms affecting daily functioning and Psychodynamic Therapy, which explores the origin of a problem if so desired.
I believe the greatest gift we can offer to someone in need is the ability to meet them where they are and without judgement. My approach to therapy is humanistic, providing a supportive environment comprised of acceptance and appropriate humor. My specialties include treatment of anxiety and depression as well as issues concerning self-esteem, spirituality, and life transitions to adults ages 25+.
(412) 329-6696 View (412) 329-6696
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James Bowen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
I see therapy as a way of deepening relationship to purpose, land, bodies, and each other. I help people build capacity so they can show up in more meaningful ways in their relationships and the world.  I draw upon body-based (somatic) and insight-based (psychodynamic) therapies to help open up places where people are stuck, uncover what is held in the body and psyche, explore troubled aspects of the self, and create new possibilities.
I see therapy as a way of deepening relationship to purpose, land, bodies, and each other. I help people build capacity so they can show up in more meaningful ways in their relationships and the world.  I draw upon body-based (somatic) and insight-based (psychodynamic) therapies to help open up places where people are stuck, uncover what is held in the body and psyche, explore troubled aspects of the self, and create new possibilities.
(412) 501-2467 View (412) 501-2467
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Jenny Lee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, M Ed, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
I believe everyone deserves to live a life of authenticity, joy, and personal fulfillment. I am LGBTQ+-affirming, sex-positive, and strengths-focused. My therapeutic style is eclectic, and heavily influenced by attachment theory and contemporary psychodynamic theories, including narrative therapy and parts work. Together, we will explore how your identity, your relationships, the stories you tell yourself, and the stories you have been told about yourself interact with social and historical context to create the life you are living.
I believe everyone deserves to live a life of authenticity, joy, and personal fulfillment. I am LGBTQ+-affirming, sex-positive, and strengths-focused. My therapeutic style is eclectic, and heavily influenced by attachment theory and contemporary psychodynamic theories, including narrative therapy and parts work. Together, we will explore how your identity, your relationships, the stories you tell yourself, and the stories you have been told about yourself interact with social and historical context to create the life you are living.
(412) 838-3919 View (412) 838-3919
Dr. Peggy J. Ott
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
The nature of psychological services to you will depend on your needs. First and foremost, it is important to see if we can establish a good working relationship as it is the best predictor of a good outcome. Your treatment will involve a collaborative effort and will require active work from both of us. My general orientation is psychodynamic. In brief, this type of work involves seeing how past family of origin and developmental factors might be affecting the issues that bring you into therapy and be impinging on your ability to have a more satisfying life.
The nature of psychological services to you will depend on your needs. First and foremost, it is important to see if we can establish a good working relationship as it is the best predictor of a good outcome. Your treatment will involve a collaborative effort and will require active work from both of us. My general orientation is psychodynamic. In brief, this type of work involves seeing how past family of origin and developmental factors might be affecting the issues that bring you into therapy and be impinging on your ability to have a more satisfying life.
(412) 693-6394 View (412) 693-6394
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Tara Pannell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, MDiv, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
I integrate several modalities including Psychodynamic Therapy, Body Oriented Psychotherapy, Mindfulness/Meditation, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Spiritual Counseling (no matter your religious/spiritual orientation).
I’m interested in working with clients who are in search of deep emotional, mental, and spiritual healing. You can expect our sessions together to consider your past, and to process the impact of those experiences on your present day life. Almost everyone is impacted by distressing or traumatic events that inevitably occur throughout a lifetime, so those experiences will be explored and processed, as well. Our work together will be a blended effort of focusing on what is important to you, and my curiosity and guidance throughout your process.
I integrate several modalities including Psychodynamic Therapy, Body Oriented Psychotherapy, Mindfulness/Meditation, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Spiritual Counseling (no matter your religious/spiritual orientation).
I’m interested in working with clients who are in search of deep emotional, mental, and spiritual healing. You can expect our sessions together to consider your past, and to process the impact of those experiences on your present day life. Almost everyone is impacted by distressing or traumatic events that inevitably occur throughout a lifetime, so those experiences will be explored and processed, as well. Our work together will be a blended effort of focusing on what is important to you, and my curiosity and guidance throughout your process.
(412) 927-4992 View (412) 927-4992
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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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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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Rebecca Williams
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
In my approach, I try and lead my clients to come to their own answers, unearthing solutions and insight that they hold within themselves. My direct approach can often be funny, though empathetic; lighthearted, though deeply emotional. Typically, I find that clients benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Motivational Interviewing to solve current issues, and can utilize Psychodynamic approaches to delve into more deep rooted issues. In helping clients tell their own story through therapy, I've been able guide clients through finding their own solutions when motivated for change.
In my approach, I try and lead my clients to come to their own answers, unearthing solutions and insight that they hold within themselves. My direct approach can often be funny, though empathetic; lighthearted, though deeply emotional. Typically, I find that clients benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Motivational Interviewing to solve current issues, and can utilize Psychodynamic approaches to delve into more deep rooted issues. In helping clients tell their own story through therapy, I've been able guide clients through finding their own solutions when motivated for change.
(412) 785-2664 View (412) 785-2664
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Joshua Gregson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
I work with people who have experienced trauma or abuse and want to heal from it. I have helped many people suffering from PTSD, dissociation, nightmares, flashbacks, avoidance, dissociation, anxiety, & depression. I strive to help in any way I can, so I use a mix of tools and approaches in my work. I openly share my responses and impressions because I believe I serve you better this way. If sharing my own experiences or learning will help you, I am inclined to do so. I am trained in psychodynamic and EMDR therapy, so these approaches are a big part of the work. I do both long and short term work. I'm LGBTQ+ allied.
I work with people who have experienced trauma or abuse and want to heal from it. I have helped many people suffering from PTSD, dissociation, nightmares, flashbacks, avoidance, dissociation, anxiety, & depression. I strive to help in any way I can, so I use a mix of tools and approaches in my work. I openly share my responses and impressions because I believe I serve you better this way. If sharing my own experiences or learning will help you, I am inclined to do so. I am trained in psychodynamic and EMDR therapy, so these approaches are a big part of the work. I do both long and short term work. I'm LGBTQ+ allied.
(412) 387-4133 View (412) 387-4133
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Audrey Miller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
In our therapeutic journey together, utilizing a blend of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and a psychodynamic approach, we will establish a safe and non-judgmental space.
Are you someone that has a history of struggling to make relationships work, whether it be with friends, family, or intimate partners? Do low mood, racing thoughts, and lack of energy often affect your functioning in day-to-day life? Do you struggle with feelings of worthlessness or not being "enough"? As a therapist, I specialize in supporting adults of all ages who grapple with interpersonal issues, mood concerns, and self-esteem. Together, we'll address these challenges and work towards building fulfilling relationships and improving your overall well-being.
In our therapeutic journey together, utilizing a blend of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and a psychodynamic approach, we will establish a safe and non-judgmental space.
Are you someone that has a history of struggling to make relationships work, whether it be with friends, family, or intimate partners? Do low mood, racing thoughts, and lack of energy often affect your functioning in day-to-day life? Do you struggle with feelings of worthlessness or not being "enough"? As a therapist, I specialize in supporting adults of all ages who grapple with interpersonal issues, mood concerns, and self-esteem. Together, we'll address these challenges and work towards building fulfilling relationships and improving your overall well-being.
(412) 991-2270 View (412) 991-2270
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Betsy (Elizabeth) Samson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
My integrative approach to therapy incorporates psychodynamic, person-centered, existential, and cognitive-behavioral traditions.
I believe meaningful change occurs when people are given the space and support to consider new ways of relating to themselves and their experiences. As a licensed clinical psychologist, my goal is to offer that space and support so that the process of psychotherapy can be as useful to you as possible.
My integrative approach to therapy incorporates psychodynamic, person-centered, existential, and cognitive-behavioral traditions.
I believe meaningful change occurs when people are given the space and support to consider new ways of relating to themselves and their experiences. As a licensed clinical psychologist, my goal is to offer that space and support so that the process of psychotherapy can be as useful to you as possible.
(412) 998-8594 View (412) 998-8594
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Dr. Ann C Barrows
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15206  (Online Only)
I am a clinical psychologist who practices psychodynamic psychotherapy with older adolescents, young adults, and adults.
I am a clinical psychologist who practices psychodynamic psychotherapy with older adolescents, young adults, and adults.
(412) 440-5501 View (412) 440-5501
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Dr. Alanna Downing
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Shadyside, PA 15232  (Online Only)
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and provide psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. My approach integrates a variety of evidence-based practices including psychodynamic, CBT & DBT. I have been effective at utilizing these treatment modalities to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief and loss, and other clinical concerns. Clients also come to my practice to improve relationships and navigate stressful life changes.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and provide psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. My approach integrates a variety of evidence-based practices including psychodynamic, CBT & DBT. I have been effective at utilizing these treatment modalities to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief and loss, and other clinical concerns. Clients also come to my practice to improve relationships and navigate stressful life changes.
(412) 314-2578 View (412) 314-2578
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Wisdom Within Counseling, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MDiv, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
I can integrate other orientations, such as cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, psychodynamic, narrative, and EMDR.
I have years of experience working with clients struggling with grief, trauma, and depression. I am a member of ASERVIC, with many years of experience and extensive graduate study in religion and spirituality and can integrate values connected with a client's preferred religions and spiritual emphases into all therapeutic approaches. Clients facing life-transitions have greatly benefited from this focussed approach to wellness at every stage of life. I work well with adults of all ages. Older adults have often especially appreciated my counseling orientation. I am also fluent in Spanish and Italian.
I can integrate other orientations, such as cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, psychodynamic, narrative, and EMDR.
I have years of experience working with clients struggling with grief, trauma, and depression. I am a member of ASERVIC, with many years of experience and extensive graduate study in religion and spirituality and can integrate values connected with a client's preferred religions and spiritual emphases into all therapeutic approaches. Clients facing life-transitions have greatly benefited from this focussed approach to wellness at every stage of life. I work well with adults of all ages. Older adults have often especially appreciated my counseling orientation. I am also fluent in Spanish and Italian.
(412) 357-4197 View (412) 357-4197
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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
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.