Psychodynamic Therapy in NYC
What is psychodynamic therapy?
Psychodynamic therapy is based on the premise that a greater understanding of your own emotions and how you think can lead to making better choices and improving relationships in life.
In essence, psychodynamic therapy uses your past to understand your present. It is a type of talk therapy where you are given the space to talk about thoughts, feelings, conflicts in life—anything that can help your therapist gain a greater understanding of who you are as an individual, and what makes you act the way you do. Through this approach, your therapist may also discover some of your unconscious motivations that influence your thoughts and behaviors.
Indeed, psychodynamic therapy is a lengthy process, and requires a strong connection or rapport between yourself and your therapist. It can last from several months to years. While similar to traditional psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy is different in its shorter length and focuses on a wide variety of factors, such as your relationship with others.
How does psychodynamic therapy differ from other forms of talk therapy?
Like many other types of therapy, psychodynamic therapy is a general type of therapy that can be applied towards treating many different mental health conditions.
Conditions that can be treated with psychodynamic therapy include:
- Anxiety or social anxiety
- Trauma or PTSD
- Eating disorders
- Substance use disorders
Another common talk therapy that psychodynamic therapy is often compared to is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Both types of therapy have been scientifically validated as effective to treat a variety of mental health conditions. They can be considered two different fields of thought within the therapy field—and many therapists may be trained in both, but choose to specialize in one. Compared to psychodynamic therapy, CBT is generally more practical, often shorter in duration, and aims to find practical solutions to your day-to-day problems instead of searching for the root cause of your problem.
Some therapists may also choose to incorporate both types of therapy.
How can psychodynamic therapy benefit me?
If you are looking to find treatment for specific mental health conditions, such as depression, trauma, anxiety, eating disorders, or substance use disorders, then psychodynamic therapy can help. Other situations where psychodynamic therapy can be beneficial include navigating relationship issues, or you are simply undergoing therapy with the intent to get a greater understanding of yourself and improve general mental health.
There is no set duration for how long psychodynamic therapy should last. In some cases, once you discover a solution to a specific problem, therapy can end. In other cases, your problems may return many years later, and it would be still appropriate where you had once left off. Overall, psychodynamic therapy depends on your specific needs and situation.
Obtain psychodynamic therapy today
Integrative Psych is an NYC-based private practice specializing in psychodynamic therapy. Many of our clients are based in Brooklyn, Queens, New Jersey, Manhattan (Chelsea, Village, Lower East Side, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Tribeca, SoHo), Connecticut, Westchester but our therapists are licensed to treat anyone in the state of New York.
Integrative Psych takes a compassionate and comprehensive approach to psychodynamic therapy. We will evaluate you in your own unique context and come up with an individual plan suited to you.
Once you have begun care with us, we will see you regularly to monitor progress and make any adjustments necessary to ensure that you benefit fully from your treatment at Integrative Psych.
If you’re seeking psychodynamic therapy and interested in working with one of our therapists, book an appointment here.