Psychodynamic Therapy and Psychoanalysis

Psychodynamic therapy and psychoanalysis are sometimes labelled out of date or unscientific. In fact, contemporary psychodynamic therapy has undergone many changes and recent research shows it is one of the most effective treatments for certain types of psychological or emotional problems. The changes obtained in psychodynamic therapy typically last longer than those in other types of therapy. For a review of this research, read this paper by Jonathan Shedler.

Contemporary psychodynamic therapy addresses issues related to race, gender, sexuality, and culture. Psychodynamic therapists work directly with relational patterns that come up in the room between the participants.

Psychodynamic therapy can help you to understand and improve feelings of depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, problems with relationships, gender identity, sexuality, internalized racism and homophobia, and problematic patterns stemming from your family of origin.  Long-standing issues are often best addressed by psychodynamic psychotherapy.  Lakeview Center’s psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapists have had advanced training in contemporary relational and several other other psychodynamic models.

Relational psychodynamic therapy explores the impact of early relationships and  attachment styles as well as the impact of sociopolitical conditions on an individual.  What you learn about your past will help you live more effectively in the present. Your dynamic therapist will help you increase self-understanding, emotional flexibility and capacity for intimacy.

Recent neuroscience research has established that much of our mental and emotional life is unconscious. For an overview of neuropsychanalysis, and how psychoanalysis works with the unconscious, here’s Mark Solms. Through psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapy, we can understand and change our central unconscious thoughts and feelings, improve our relationships, and feel better about ourselves.


During psychoanalysis, sometimes the client lays on a couch to help them focus


Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Therapy

Psychoanalysis is a more intensive version of the typical once- or twice-weekly psychodynamic psychotherapy.  Psychoanalysis uses more frequent sessions (three to four per week) to help you gain an even deeper understanding of yourself.  You can talk to your therapist to determine if this approach is right for you. While psychoanalytic treatment can be a challenging process, it is can be deeply rewarding and transformative.

For more information about psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapy, please contact us.


Low Fee Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Lakeview Center offers low fee 3-5 times per week psychoanalytic psychotherapy with our externs and fellows. This intensive form of psychotherapy will allow clients to resolve long-standing unconscious patterns at an affordable weekly fee. Contact us to set up a free phone screening to see if psychoanalytic therapy is right for you.

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