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Psychodynamic Therapy

At Clarity Clinic, we believe in the power of self-discovery and introspection as essential tools for achieving lasting mental and emotional well-being. Our Psychodynamic Therapy offers a profound and comprehensive approach to therapy, delving deep into the intricate workings of the mind to unveil underlying patterns, beliefs, and emotions that influence thoughts and behaviors.
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What is Psychodynamic Therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the unconscious processes that are manifested in an individual’s behavior. By bringing these associations to the person’s attention they can learn to overcome the unhelpful behaviors and feelings that they caused. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are to assist an individual in self-awareness and undressing the influence of their past on their present. In psychodynamic therapy, a professional relationship therapist may encourage an individual to talk freely about whatever happens to be on their mind. Psychodynamic therapy involves an exploration of the entire range of a patient’s emotions. Psychodynamic therapy utilizes techniques like free association and open-ended questions. Psychodynamic therapy also seeks to lower the defense mechanisms people tend to develop. Defense mechanisms may keep painful feelings, memories, and experiences in the unconscious.

There is also an emphasis in psychodynamic therapy on relationships, especially the relationship between the therapist and the individual. With the help of the psychotherapist, the individual finds ways to talk about feelings that include feelings that are troubling or threatening, contradictory feelings, and feelings that the individual may not have recognized or acknowledged from their past. The individual develops ways to manage those internal feelings in a healthy way. Psychodynamic therapy also focuses on addressing and recognizing defense mechanisms reactions and behaviors that individuals use to avoid upsetting thoughts and feelings. Therapists help individuals identify recurring patterns in their thinking, feelings, and behavior, consequently understanding how these patterns are created due to their past. There is no structure in psychotherapy, as compared to cognitive behavioral therapy.

Psychodynamic therapy is the oldest of modern therapies. Psychodynamic therapy grew out of the theories and practices of Freudian psychoanalysis. It is one of the three main types of therapy used to treat depression. Psychodynamic therapy is a long-term form of psychotherapy that recognizes negative patterns of behavior and feelings that are usually rooted in the past and resolve them. A brief psychodynamic therapy approach enables an individual to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships and manifest themselves in the need and desire to abuse substances. Brief psychodynamic therapy is goal-oriented. Psychodynamic therapy can be used for individuals, couples, families, or groups. Psychodynamic therapy works well with other types of therapies as well as medications.

What Psychodynamic Therapy Is Used For

Psychodynamic therapy is primarily used to treat depression and other serious psychological distress, like individuals who have lost meaning in their lives or have difficulty forming or maintaining personal relationships. Studies have found that other effective applications of psychodynamic therapy include:

  • Addiction
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Panic disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Personality disorders (i.e., borderline personality disorder)
  • Stress-related physical ailments
  • Physical symptoms that lack a physical basis
  • Persistent feelings of isolation and loneliness
  • Depression
  • Prolonged sadness
  • Sexual difficulties

Why Choose Psychodynamic Therapy at Clarity Clinic?

Choosing Psychodynamic Therapy with Clarity Clinic offers a wealth of benefits that set us apart as a leader in mental health care:

  1. Experienced Psychodynamic Therapists: Our therapists are extensively trained in the principles and techniques of Psychodynamic Therapy. They bring a wealth of experience and compassion to guide you on your journey.
  2. Customized Approach: We recognize that every individual is unique. Our therapists tailor the Psychodynamic Therapy process to match your specific needs, ensuring a personalized and effective treatment experience.
  3. Evidence-Based: Psychodynamic Therapy is rooted in psychological research and has a strong foundation in understanding human behavior, emotions, and relationships.
  4. Holistic Healing: Our holistic approach to therapy addresses not only your immediate concerns but also the underlying factors contributing to your mental and emotional well-being.
  5. Long-Lasting Change: By uncovering deep-seated patterns and beliefs, Psychodynamic Therapy helps you create sustainable, positive changes that extend beyond the therapy room.
  6. Safe and Confidential Environment: Our therapy sessions take place in a safe and confidential space where you can freely explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences without judgment.
  7. Supportive Partnership: Our therapists work collaboratively with you, offering guidance, empathy, and support as you navigate the intricacies of your inner world.

Begin Your Journey of Self-Discovery Today

At Clarity Clinic, we invite you to take the first step towards understanding yourself on a deeper level and experiencing profound personal growth. By engaging in Psychodynamic Therapy, you'll embark on a transformative path that leads to increased self-awareness, emotional resilience, and a more fulfilling life.


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Psychodynamic Therapy Providers

Elizabeth
Elizabeth Black, LCPC
Director of Clinical Therapy- Lakeview
Jessica
Jessica Selk, LPC
Therapy
Bellah
Bellah Kiteki, LPC
Therapy
Eldina
Eldina Okic, LCPC
Therapy
Rebecca
Rebecca Helm, LSW
Therapy
Peri
Peri Drury, Clinical Intern
Therapy
Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn Ehler, LSW
Therapy
Hannah
Hannah Wychocki, PA-C
PA-C
Maisha
Maisha Lowery, LCPC
Therapy
Hope
Hope Hirsch, LPC
Therapist
Nathaniel
Nathaniel Epstein, MA
Therapist
Maggie
Maggie Semprevivo, LSW
Therapy
Kamille
Kamille Haywood, LSW
Therapy
Michelle
Michelle Augoustatos, LCSW
Therapy
Zachary
Zachary Delgado, LSW
Therapy
Nicholas
Nicholas Zaris, MA
Therapy
Jordyn
Jordyn Pope, MA
Therapist
Laurel
Laurel Meiborg, LSW
Therapy
Haley
Haley Tarling, MA
Therapist
Debby
Debby Fox, MA
Therapist
Raul
Raul Andrade, MA
Therapist
Sarah
Sarah Tarabey, LCPC
Therapist
Kyla
Kyla Goggin, LCSW
Therapist
Michele
Michele Sitorus, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Jaimee
Jaimee Jaucian, LCPC, BC-DMT
Therapy
Yenisis
Yenisis De Los Santos, LSW
Therapy
Sloan
Sloan Kodroff, LCPC
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Rahael
Rahael Mathew, LCPC
Therapist
Tonie
Tonie White, LCSW
Therapy
Jason
Jason Brescia, LCPC
Therapy
Virginia
Virginia Harren, LCPC
Clinical Supervisor
Brittney
Brittney Segoviano, LCPC
Therapist
Callie
Callie Perlman, LPC, NCC
Therapist
Maria
Maria Vasilopoulos, LPC, NCC
Therapy
Chad
Chad Gaynier, LCPC
Therapist
Bianca
Bianca Miller, LCPC
Therapist
Sean
Sean Saltzberg, LCSW
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Victoria
Victoria Nieman, LCPC
Therapist
Tara
Tara Ufer, LCPC, CADC
Therapist
Sara
Sara Fakhri, MA
Therapy
Veronika
Veronika Schroeder, Clinical Intern
Therapy Clinical Intern
Sarah
Sarah Smith, MA
Therapy Clinical Intern
Sean
Sean Saltzberg, LCSW
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Shanta
Shanta Gomez, MS
Therapy
Reggie
Reggie Pacheco, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Sarah
Sarah Beerman, LCSW, CADC
Therapist
Renie
Renie Stoller-Zak, LCPC
Therapy
Rachael
Rachael Pettinicchi, MA
Therapy Clinical Intern
Shelby
Shelby Gordon, LCSW
Therapy
Sonnie
Sonnie Cousins, MA
Therapy
Nicole
Nicole Ortiz, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Raymond
Raymond Monge, LPC, NCC
Therapy
Melissa
Melissa Melzer, LPC
Therapy
Mary
Mary Leighton, LPC
Therapy
Raymond
Raymond Myles, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Michael
Michael Colombatto, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Marlena
Marlena Gebhard, LCSW
Therapist
Michela
Michela Stevenson, MA
Therapy
Lovea
Lovea Smith, LCPC
Director of Therapy– Loop
Leslie
Leslie Wolf, LCPC
Therapist
Maddie
Maddie Barnes, LCSW, PMH-C
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Lindsey
Lindsey Ashamalla, PsyD (PD)
Therapist
Khrystyna
Khrystyna Helner, LPC, MBA
Therapist
Laura
Laura Schroeder, LCPC
Therapist
Katerina
Katerina Fager, LCPC
Clinical Specialist
Kelli
Kelli Lo, LSW
Therapy
Karen
Karen Richardson, LCSW, ICDVP
Therapy
Keri
Keri Perillo, LCPC, CADC
Therapy
Lizzie
Lizzie Ausland, LCPC, CADC
Therapist
Kimberlie
Kimberlie Kuehne, LCPC
Therapy
Katherine
Katherine Evans, LCPC
Therapist
Karla
Karla Avila-Polanco, Clinical Intern
Therapy Clinical Intern
Judy
Judy Bitzer, LCPC
Therapist
Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn Delaney, MA, ATR-P
Therapy
James
James Histed, Clinical Intern
Therapy Clinical Intern
Keith
Keith Merrifield, LCSW, CCTP, ADHD-CCSP
Therapist
Julia
Julia Ray, Clinical Intern
Therapy
Kayleen
Kayleen Bare, LPC, MA
Therapy
Jessica
Jessica Masbaum, LCSW
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Erika
Erika Bielenstein, LCPC
Therapist
Janel
Janel Wenger, AMFT
Therapist
Ivy
Ivy Poma, PA-C
PA-C
Julie
Julie Daley, MSW
Therapy Clinical Intern
Hattie
Hattie Awe, Clinical Intern
Therapy Clinical Intern
Jodi
Jodi Randle, LCPC, CADC
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Emily
Emily Maurer, LCPC
Therapist
Frank
Frank Sassetti, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Emily
Emily Shelton, LCPC, LMHC, CADC, CAGCS, CRSS
Therapy
Tyler
Tyler Basham, Intern
Therapy Clinical Intern
Elizabeth
Elizabeth Russell, Clinical Intern
Therapy Clinical Intern
Dawn
Dawn Leatherman-Kulis, LCPC
Therapy
Daniel
Daniel Shuter, LSW
Therapist
Victoria
Victoria Akhteebo, LPC
Therapy
Darian
Darian Carter, LPC
Therapy
Stella
Stella Tantillo, LSW
Therapy
Samuel
Samuel Budyszewick, LCSW
Director of Therapy- Evanston
Sydney
Sydney Means, LCSW
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Sara
Sara Pickens, LSW
Therapy
Ryan
Ryan Watters, LSW, CADC
Therapy
Cindy
Cindy Meraz, LPC
Therapy
Chloe
Chloe Wesley, Clinical Intern
Therapy
Nayeli
Nayeli Cruz-Castillo, LCPC
Therapy
Samantha
Samantha Espinosa, MA
Therapy
Randi
Randi Schulman, LCSW
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Savanna
Savanna Murphy, LSW
Therapy
Kaitlin
Kaitlin Digrispino, LPC
Therapy
Madison
Madison Gunter,
Therapy Clinical Intern
Khadija
Khadija Manzoor, LPC, CRC
Therapy
Lauren
Lauren Stanley, LCSW
Therapy
Meredith
Meredith Henry, LSW
Therapy
Mark
Mark Bey, LPC
Therapy
Samantha
Samantha Adjekum, LCPC
Therapy
Miriam
Miriam Mixon, LCSW
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Joel
Joel Muller, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Therapy- River North
Mary
Mary Ivory, LCPC
Therapy
Cynthia
Cynthia Sodini, LCSW
Therapy
Jessica
Jessica Baran, LCPC
Therapy
Jacqueline
Jacqueline Campagna, MA, EdS
Therapy
Jordan
Jordan Valentic-Holden, MA
Therapy
Jerri
Jerri Ganz, LCSW
Therapy
Katherine
Katherine Cunningham, LPC, CADC
Therapy
Lauren
Lauren Lustfeldt, LCPC, CADC
Therapy
Elia
Elia Narvaez-Mushtaq, LPC
Therapy
Sam
Sam Donham, LCPC
Therapy
Carol
Carol Briggs, LPC, NCC
Therapy
Gloria
Gloria Aguilar, LPC
Therapy
Cristina
Cristina From, LPC, MS
Therapy
Emily
Emily Mathews, MA, ATR-P
Therapy
Autumn
Autumn Holtschlag, ALMFT, LPC
Therapy
Liz
Liz Hand, LCSW
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Dane
Dane Davlantis, LCPC
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Carolyn
Carolyn Tatar, AMFT
Therapist
Dillon
Dillon Pfau, LSW
Therapy
Bridget
Bridget Brodlo, MA
Therapy
Courtney
Courtney Daly, LPC, CADC
Therapy
Candace
Candace Clark, LCSW
Therapy
Christopher
Christopher Edwards, LCSW
Therapist
Carolyn
Carolyn Klinkert, LCPC
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Angelina
Angelina Wheeler, LCPC
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Abbey
Abbey DeBaene, LCSW, CADC
Therapy
Brittany
Brittany Wilson, LPC
Therapy
Brent
Brent Hope, LCSW
Therapy
Carleigh
Carleigh Joseph, Clinical Intern
Therapy Clinical Intern
Corrin
Corrin Bogan, Intern
Therapy Clinical Intern
Allegria
Allegria Knouse, PA-C
PA-C
Antonina
Antonina Lunetta, LCPC
Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Aimee
Aimee Daramus, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Anita
Anita Weber, LSW
Therapy
Alice
Alice Davies, Clinical Intern
Therapy Clinical Intern
Anakaren
Anakaren Galarza, Clinical Intern
Therapy Clinical Intern

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