Psychodynamic Therapists in Tacoma, WA

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Lindsay Arbanas
Counselor, MSW, LICSW, LMHC
Verified
Verified
I have training and experience in using the following types of depth oriented therapy: Gestalt therapy, Psychodynamic , Emotion Focused Therapy; using an existential philosophy and framework to understand the whole person.
During this time of social distancing, I am offering teletherapy appointments for those interested in beginning therapy or continuing with services in order to preserve total well-being. I am passionate about being present with individuals as they experience disappointment, pain, despair, and joy in life and relationships. Sometimes, we need help navigating. I believe together we will discover the power and insight already within you. My approach is individually-focused and relationship-driven. Whatever challenges you are facing; that with a bit of goodwill and openness, much can be uncovered in a relatively short period of time.
(253) 271-4570
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Tacoma, WA 98402
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Niles Woods
Counselor, LMHCA, MHP
Verified
Verified
I use psychodynamic "talk therapy" and Existential therapy with clients primarily to process negative experiences.
Sometimes personal tragedy strikes and you need to talk. Often systemic oppression and microaggressions can cause depression, anxiety and PTSD. I believe that hope is an endurant quality that gets us through the hardest parts of our life. Counseling is about restoring hope and advocacy within the context of an apathetic society. I teach self advocacy skills and boundary setting. My overall approach is compassion focused. I believe that clients know what is in their best interest and I hope to assist you in reaching your goals.
(253) 387-1988
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Tacoma, WA 98402
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Sorya Pao
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Verified
I seek to tailor my approach utilizing a relational cultural and psychodynamic approach with tools that I am trained in such as mindfulness-based compassion and brainspotting for activating effective and rapid healing.
I believe that therapy is one of the best tools for self-exploration and healing. I aim to cultivate a genuine relationship with you so that we can safely discuss challenges in your life. I believe in an approach that is strengths-based and culturally-sensitive as we work together. I honor you as the expert in your life and I am here to be alongside you on this journey to the life you envision for yourself.
(253) 893-6176
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Tacoma, WA 98408
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Jireh Miller
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
My modality influences include: Relational, Narrative, Psychodynamic , ACT, DBT, CBT, Multicultural, Person-Centered.
Have you diligently worked to create a life that thrives, but still feel stuck by childhood or continuing harm? Is your past contributing to anxiety or depression in your current life? Often the coping strategies we form in childhood survive past their "effectiveness date," creating an invisible force that holds us back from thriving. In session, we will create a space for you to explore past, present, and hopes for the future. We will hold both harm and healing, as we create a framework for developing skills and a making adjustments that bring a freedom to thrive. Together we will forge a path that accounts for the beauty and harm.
(253) 499-5123
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Tacoma, WA 98403
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J Rourke
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Verified
I work in a relational, psychodynamic , internal family systems orientation.
The most important stories inside of us always find a way to speak. Sometimes they speak loudly, and sometimes just a whisper; in the thoughts we have, the way we feel, the way our bodies feel. Your anxiety, your memories, your relationship struggles, your deep identity questions. These stories live in our bodies, often uncomfortably or distressingly. In therapy, we can attend to these stories with compassion, and learn to understand how every part of you belongs to your whole self.
(253) 201-4665
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Tacoma, WA 98402
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Jessica E Frost
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Verified
I am psychodynamic , which means I look at everything happening between us as well as what's happening within you.
I have a history of working with many different types of people and concerns. I work best with people who are willing to do self-observation as that is the key to learning about your own thinking and feeling patterns, which is what we are trying to modify. I take a holistic approach and self-observation provides the basis for all of the other work. It is important to start noticing and working with the sensations in the body that accompany our thoughts and feelings, as our body holds the memories of everything we have ever experienced and is the vehicle in which we move and feel in the world.
(253) 398-8472
Tacoma, WA 98418
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Betsy Moore
Counselor, MA, LMHC, MHP, CMHP
Verified
7 Endorsed
Verified
7 Endorsed
My background is in Psychodynamic and Attachment theory but I have recognized the value of many evidence based approaches in addressing trauma, anxiety and depression.
Everyone has a unique story to tell. Sometimes the story is full of joy and laughter and sometimes it has challenges and heartbreak. For most of us, it falls somewhere in between. By taking the time to share and understand your story, you are given the opportunity to understand how your past shapes your current existence and how past relationships inevitably impact current ones. By understanding and owning your story, you give yourself the opportunity to choose how you want to go forward. One's past does not have to define one's future.
(253) 200-6298
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Tacoma, WA 98402
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Adam Bishop
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Verified
I primarily work from a relational psychodynamic therapeutic approach with emphasis on family of origin, personal beliefs, emotional experience, relational dynamics, and attachment styles.
It is often quite difficult to be honest with ourselves and with the world around us, particularly as it relates to our experiences of pain and suffering. As a result, patterns of relating with self and others often reinforce even deeper feelings of loneliness, isolation, fear, and anxiety. The various factors that may be driving this cycle include experiences of trauma, strained relationships, loss, and oppressive social/cultural systems.
(206) 260-2022
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Tacoma, WA 98402
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Michael Jay Badger
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Of the more than two hundred acknowledged theories of psychotherapy that exist, I borrow liberally from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and Existential Therapy in my work with individual adults.
Life comes at us fast sometimes; and we struggle to adjust and adapt. As an integrative therapist practicing ONLINE THERAPY only, I take satisfaction in helping otherwise well-functioning adults successfully deal with complex lives and complex individual circumstances. Our development (personal, professional, relational) depends upon the continual management of and response to a changing environment. To a very large degree we are a product of all that we have inherited and all that we have experienced.
(206) 966-4543
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Tacoma, WA 98422
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Renate Schultz
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
My therapeutic approach is primarily relational and psychodynamic .
Often people come to therapy because they feel lost or stuck in their lives. They may sense that they are repeating patterns or facing the same struggles at work, in their homes, or in relationships without really knowing why or being able to imagine how things could be different.
(707) 309-7641
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Tacoma, WA 98407
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Joanna Robinson
Counselor, MDiv, MEd, LMHC, RYT-200
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I have 3 decades of experience counseling individuals, couples, & families using Jungian, psychodynamic , & Family Systems models.
Feeling overwhelmed? Struggling with transition, trauma, or loss? Longing for a life that fits with who you truly are inside? Depression, grief, relationship issues, trauma, & anxiety can leave you exhausted, stuck in painful old patterns. But they can also be opportunities for growth. Therapy is a process of "tending the soul," as well as addressing life's problems. I especially like working with women in midlife. To learn more about finding balance in middle age, check out the "Recent Articles" section on my website: www.soulcarepsychotherapy.com/
(253) 201-0227 x1
Tacoma, WA 98403
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Shay Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, MHP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My clinical background is primarily working with adults who have experienced trauma and relationship issues which present in anxiety, depression, grief/loss and other areas of concern. I pull from various modalities including psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, grief therapy, and trauma informed therapies including Cognitive Processing therapy and Poly Vagal theory.
(253) 499-5893
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Tacoma, WA 98406
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Jeffrey A. Kiilsgaard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW, ACSW
Verified
6 Endorsed
Verified
6 Endorsed
Types of treatment modalities that I utilize in session include, but are not limited to: DBT, CBT, MBT, Schema-Focused Therapy, and Psychodynamic therapies through an existential-humanistic lens.
My therapeutic approach is tailored to adults who are currently experiencing depression, anxiety, emotion dysregulation, interpersonal deficits, and other issues regarding the self. I am a member of the LGBTQ community and work well with the individualistic and affirmative fashions in which human beings choose to self-identify. As a licensed clinical social worker, I believe that the individual is part of system: the micro (familial), the mezzo (immediate community), and the macro (the world at large). I look forward to speaking with you. *I provide individualized case management services - please reach out with inquires*
(503) 386-9751
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Tacoma, WA 98444
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Karen Beth Acheson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Greetings and welcome. I'm Dr. Karen Beth Acheson, Ph.D., and I have over 20 years of experience bringing warmth, compassion, and a sense of humor to help empower people to make healthy changes in their lives. My primary focus is adult psychotherapy. My style is down-to-earth; I draw from humanistic, psychodynamic , cognitive-behavioral & mindfulness-based therapies. My specialty areas include: Depression; Bipolar (manic) Depression; Anxiety; Trauma (including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder); and Emotional/Sexual/physical Abuse. Also, I am now blending my lifelong passion for animals, including a B.S. in Animal Science, with
(253) 215-6726
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Tacoma, WA 98402
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Charaine E Herald
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
My approach is collaborative and integrative,drawing from psychodynamic , systemic, humanistic, mindfulness-based, and behavioral perspectives.
I work with adults of all ages, individuals and couples, who are experiencing problems with anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress (including stress related to prior abuse and neglect), eating disorders, and relational problems (repairing and strengthening current relationships;identifying and changing relational patterns that cause problems in living). I work with persons who are experiencing panic attacks, phobic avoidance, intrusions, maladaptive anger, grief, and stress-related physical problems. I also work with persons challenged with a variety of adjustment problems and life transitions (e.g.,transition to young adulthood, family communication difficulties, divorce, career change, mid-life crisis, retirement).
(253) 343-0876
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Tacoma, WA 98406
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Spring Hecht
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Verified
I offer Individual Psychotherapy, Couples and Family Therapy to help people heal and develop skills for improving relationships and communication, find new ways to cope with stress, depression and anxiety, and create healthier and more adaptive patterns. My treatment approach is psychodynamic and client-centered, offered in a safe, compassionate and supportive environment. Attachment and family therapy can help strengthen bonds by resolving old patterns of interacting, and creating space for healthy, rewarding connections. I will listen and provide guidance and encouragement as you develop and achieve your goals.
(206) 855-3709
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Tacoma, WA 98407
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Kim (Caldwell) Warnick
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My approach is primarily psychodynamic , meaning I'll pay attention to the patterns that arise between us.
Let's imagine that therapy is like tending to your life as you would a garden. Together we'll discover what of the garden you'd like to keep, let go of, and grow. My primary focus is to create an inviting space between us to allow this work to begin and flourish. As a therapist I am gentle, warm, and playful; I am good at putting folks at ease even as we explore hard things. We'll laugh, dive deep when you're ready, and where appropriate, I offer practical tools and insights. I am particularly knowledgeable in the areas of ADHD/neurodiversity, narcissistic abuse, and queer identity, particularly as these impact women+.
(206) 429-8220
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Tacoma, WA 98406
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Nathan Rhoads
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My approach is interpersonal and psychodynamic , and explores personhood through story and emotional/relational process.
Entering into therapy is a courageous decision to pursue life in response to whatever struggles and concerns have gotten your attention. Everyone bears experiences that have had an alienating and destructive impact on our relationship with others and with ourselves. Without the support of another to work through these experiences and use them for our growth, these destructive effects often compound over time as we cope and try to heal on our own. Counseling is an opportunity to receive the kind of support that can enable you to find not only relief, but the goodness you have struggled to access in yourself and your relationships.
(253) 201-2550
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Tacoma, WA 98405
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Eva Ramirez, LICSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, IMH-S
Verified
Verified
I consider myself a psychodynamic therapist which means I lean heavily on the perspective that our formative experiences have a lasting impact on our mental health.
My background is in infant mental health and family therapy. I have years of experience supporting infants, toddlers, children, as well as parents and caregivers. I am licensed as an Infant Mental Health-Specialist (IMH-S), which means I have completed extensive training in child development. I am trained as a Child Parent Psychotherapist (CPP) which is an evidence-based practice for addressing trauma in young children. As the name states, addressing trauma in young children requires interaction between children and their parents/caregivers. Overall, I maintain a holistic approach in working with children and families.
(253) 286-0466
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Kelsey Laulainen
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Based on Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy, informed by Internal Family Systems, I approach my therapeutic work with kindness, compassion, and complete positive regard for my clients.
Your heart is complex. Let's heal it together. I work well with clients who have an openness and curiosity to explore the wholeness of themselves and are willing to invite me along their journey toward healing. I work with cis/trans women who have experienced spiritual trauma or religious abuse, physical, sexual, and/or emotional trauma, codependency in relationships, unhealthy family dynamics, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, infertility and pregnancy, or general life transitions and stress.
(206) 208-8272
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Tacoma, WA 98402
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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.