Psychodynamic Therapists in Charlottesville, VA

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Madeline Schultz
Resident in Counseling, MEd, NCC
Verified
Verified
I am now accepting and taking on new clients! Do you criticize yourself every time you look in the mirror? Rely on unhelpful coping skills, and perhaps feel stuck? As a therapist, I am here to help you develop insight into your behaviors and how they serve you. Together, we can work through “the whys” and help you shift the way you think and act. I strive to create a nonjudgmental, empathetic, and safe space for clients to explore their thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. I pull from person-centered and psychodynamic theories, CBT, and DBT in my work, but always work to collaborate with clients and tailor sessions toward your needs.
(434) 264-5106
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Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Brittany Ayers
Pre-Licensed Professional, MEd, QMHP-A
Verified
Verified
I primarily approach client concerns through a Psychodynamic lens as I believe many of the struggles we face today can be tied back to our childhood experiences.
I am interested in working with adults and teens 16+ who have experienced trauma with a particular focus on those who have experienced sexual trauma. I hold an accepting, welcoming environment so we can work together through these past experiences to help you find peace in the present. I believe that empowerment is one of the strongest tools a client can have so I help facilitate that by holding client-led sessions where I am able to support your experience and help you voice your narrative about it.
(434) 480-3963
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Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Jess McLaughlin
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSEd
Verified
Verified
My approach is relational, psychodynamic , and driven by the unique needs and understanding of each individual.
I work with clients on a real, interactive, and engaged level. My hope is to work collaboratively with clients to meet them where they are as a safe support in their journey. We get to learn and evolve throughout our lives and being human is complicated! Our struggles teach us a great deal about both our strengths and weaknesses, but we are never the sum of our difficulties. I focus on healing centered engagement with trauma informed practices in pursuit of clients experiencing their lives in the meaningful way they prefer.
(434) 722-3266
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Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Maren Ward
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I use a strength-based approach with an emphasis on psychodynamic attachment based, AEDP, Internal Family Systems and Mindfullness interventions.
Therapy is a great gift to yourself. The connection provided in a safe, therapeutic relationship is healing. I encourage self exploration to find and heal wounds that are blocking one's own self-love and connection to the authentic self that feels true and right. I provide a gentle, accepting presence to join you on your journey toward increased life satisfaction. I enjoy working with adults struggling with life transitions, anxiety, shame, depression, anger and grief or just feeling stuck.
(434) 448-8236
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Charlottesville, VA 22901
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Jenny Pfeiffer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
10 Endorsed
Verified
10 Endorsed
My primary approach is psychodynamic and psychoanalytic, recognizing that therapy is a journey of self-connection and discovery.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Life Coach. My approach to therapy is to help clients identify, understand, and ultimately change the areas in their lives that have contributed to emotional and relationship pain. I deeply believe that to have the breakthrough we need in current relationships we must understand our history and how it profoundly colors and impacts us as adults. Once we learn to own our history, it no longer owns us.
(757) 269-9833
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Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Sage Counseling & Wellness
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, YTT
Verified
Verified
My particular approach aims to foster emotional expression and insight, self-awareness, and understanding through an integration of person-centered, psychodynamic , and experiential approaches, including meditation, mindfulness, and expressive arts.
My specialty is creating a safe space and opportunities for reducing stress and anxiety, rediscovering your inner resilience and joy, and healing unresolved pain from the past so that you can live more fully in the present. Through a collaborative online therapy process, my goal is to help you to cope with the unique stressors you face, to recover from daily stressors, unresolved tension or loss, and to experience your world and relationships with joy, fulfillment, and intention. I have helped undergraduate students, law students, professors, medical professionals, and community members seeking to reduce stress and relieve tension.
(540) 452-9153
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Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Chris E Carson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I have specific post graduate training in psychodynamic psychotherapy with individuals and couples from the Washington School of Psychiatry.
I am a psychotherapist for adult individuals and couples. Do you want stronger, clearer and healthier relationships? My clients consist mainly of open minded, artistic and unconventional persons wanting more intimacy and connection or wanting to explore their innate gifts and talents. I also work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and non-binary persons. However, I love working with anyone who is seeking growth, wholeness and perspective.
(804) 651-3941
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Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Antje Hofmeister MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
My approach is psychodynamic /psychoanalytic, meaning that you and I use the therapeutic relationship as a laboratory within which to facilitate the meaningful changes that will reconnect you with yourself, with life, and with the people around you.
Life is change and, mostly, you've been rolling with the punches. But complicated life transitions can leave anyone at a loss. You might feel helpless, hopeless and alone in trying to cope with relationship issues and troublesome or debilitating symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, and obsessions. With more than 15 years of experience, I help adults and families like you navigate the turmoil of challenging life passages including death of a loved one, chronic or terminal illness, relationship issues, separation or divorce, or adjustments to a different job, culture, gender, or sexual orientation.
(650) 918-5006
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Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Molly Adams
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
I tend to take a Strengths Based- Person Centered approach with Psychodynamic understandings of how our experiences manifest in our lives and bodies.
I believe we all have innate self worth, strengths, and intuition that guides us. Through various events, stressors, and socialization that happens throughout our lives, it's common to lose sight of our innate worthiness, strengths, and feel disconnected from our intuition, causing us to feel "stuck" and experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. When we feel "stuck", it's common to criticize ourselves, or feel we must just "push through", however, these options tend to worsen matters. Therapy can help us navigate life's challenges while also learning self compassion in the process.
(540) 516-3568
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Charlottesville, VA 22904
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Hope Beth Bagley
Psychologist, PhD, LCP, LPC
Verified
Verified
I offer a contextual approach combining Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral, and various other approaches developed in 39 years of experience and training.
I offer a safe setting to gain an understanding and solutions, related to the ,issues, and goals in one's life.I help my patients in understanding how roles that are in current relationships, can be related to roles in one's family of origin.
(434) 595-3466
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Charlottesville, VA 22901
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Angela L. Leyshon
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
Sessions are guided using a Psychodynamic , CBT, & Relational Therapy approach, to help clients work through sensitive issues that are physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually rooted.
Journeying alongside clients during life struggles takes relationship building and rebuilding: relationship with self and others. My goal is helping clients work through strongholds to create a healthier person to have a healthier life and healthier relationships. Getting rid of old habits and wrong beliefs to usher in habits and truths that benefit a well lived life, is a complete life changing make-over that takes time, effort, sweat, and tears. Together, my clients and I work toward conquering mountains by uncovering these strongholds, allowing healing and empowerment to be achieved to live a life with authority.
(434) 201-8019
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Charlottesville, VA 22911
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Matthew Tolman
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
As co-author of the book, Psychodynamic Perspectives on Eating Disorders, I am able to offer expertise in this area.
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in treating children, young adults, and adults using an approach that integrates classic and modern psychodynamic theory with contemporary approaches including family systems, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based treatment. Therapy can be an invaluable part of helping individuals to overcome life's challenges. Whether our struggle is related to life transitions, loss, trauma or interpersonal difficulties, painful feelings commonly arise such as depression and anxiety. My goal is to provide a therapeutic environment and a collaborative partnership to individuals that seek relief from these painful symptoms and hope to achieve growth and positive change in their lives.
(434) 442-4561
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Charlottesville, VA 22911
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Lee Ruckman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
My approach is psychodynamic and trauma-informed, and I teach skills based in mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
I offer individual therapy for adults, and I specialize in working with people experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Other areas of clinical interest include trauma, transitions of all kinds, parenting, and relationship issues.
(434) 373-7800
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Charlottesville, VA 22901
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Hannah Pocock
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My work is shaped by psychodynamic and somatic approaches.
I offer individual therapy for adults and adolescents, and specialize in working with women and teens dealing with the impact of sexual assault, childhood abuse, or other trauma. Other areas of clinical interest include relationship issues, life transitions, anxiety, and identity questions. I believe therapy is a collaborative process that allows us to be deeply seen and heard, and to see ourselves in new and transformative ways. It can build self-esteem and strengthen our sense of who we are and how we fit into the world. As we understand ourselves more fully, relationships with others become richer and more fulfilling. Therapy can strengthen our ability to adapt and adjust to the changing circumstances of our lives, freeing us up to respond more flexibly to the world around us and to experience a more enlivened way of being. For trauma survivors who experience overwhelming waves of shame and fear, a lurking sense of unease, or confusing physical sensations, therapy can help calm the mind and the nervous system, allowing you to move from reliving the past to feeling grounded, present, and whole in mind and body.
(434) 248-3836
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Charlottesville, VA 22911
Not accepting new clients
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Traci Ballou-Broadnax
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
By combining interpersonal, psychodynamic , cognitive behavioral, and emotion-focused approaches into my work, I explore how early development, attachment, and relational factors interact with the present to influence, maintain, and reinforce challenging thoughts, behaviors, and emotional responses.
Far too often, life does not go as we hope or plan. It is at those times that we can truly benefit from supportive others showing us that we are not alone, and the powerful experience of someone validating, while also empowering us to overcome, our challenges. I believe that therapy is a space that can offer this support, and I value the chance to help individuals navigate life's transitions and obstacles. Through my training and work experiences, I have learned to empathize, and work effectively, with college students and individuals across the lifespan, from diverse backgrounds, and with a wide-range of concerns.
(540) 306-4381
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Charlottesville, VA 22901
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Christine Ann Walker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I provide a warm and nurturing environment where clients feel safe to explore their deepest inner selves. Whether addressing adult or parent-child issues, I emphasize the importance of working on one's own emotional and nervous systems as a first step to creating change. My intention is to help people "heal", not just "deal". I use talk therapy and experiential techniques such as Gestalt, Somatic Experiencing, and mindfulness practices. I have found that working with deep emotions embedded in the "felt sense" of one's experience is a powerful tool leading to transformation.
(434) 207-5494
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Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Allison P O'Grady
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCSW-C
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
In my practice, I offer adult and couples therapy, specializing in trauma, anxiety, loss, and relationship distress. I collaborate with individuals and couples who experiences fear, sadness, anger, and disconnection who seek a pathway to healing, greater emotional connection, and sense of well being. I utilize evidence-based therapies, including attachment-based, mindfulness, trauma-informed, and emotionally-focused approaches. I incorporate somatic & sensorimotor strategies, IFS, & EMDR to help heal trauma. My style is calm, non-judgmental, & interactive. I value the opportunity to partner with clients on their journey.
(434) 595-3644
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Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Marcella Jost
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
For over forty years, I have been helping people manage their anxiety disorders, navigate difficult life transitions, and chart a path towards better self-understanding. Often, clients come to see me because they're feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, or are unsure how to move forward during a difficult point in their lives or relationships.
(434) 231-2574
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Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Amy Hereford
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I work with people who want something more from their lives and have not yet found a pathway to that something. It is powerful to work together to understand how our past relationships affect our current view of the world, and how this view can change and brighten and expand to increase our capacity for joy and fulfillment. Sharing pain and sorrow, understanding how emotions affect our thinking and welcoming our very humanness is healing. I work with families, couples and individuals to realize a more reflective life and to build and strengthen relationships.
(434) 483-5649
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Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Angela Green
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CCTP
Verified
8 Endorsed
Verified
8 Endorsed
As a trauma-informed therapist, I am passionate about helping my clients shed their burdens and feel more empowered in their lives. I believe each of us has innate healing powers that that can become overcome by trauma, leaving us feeling stuck, frozen, or in states of panic. I typically blend EMDR with experiential, somatic, and mindfulness techniques. Using these approaches, I will provide you with practical tools to cope with and overcome the issues you are experiencing, while also helping to heal the underlying causes of those issues.
(434) 208-1925
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Charlottesville, VA 22902
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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.