Psychodynamic Therapy Specialist

Cognitive Behavioral & Integrative Therapy located in Falls Church & Alexandria, VA

Psychodynamic Therapy

If you or your child suffers from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or other mental health challenges, rely on licensed psychologists at The Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assessment in Falls Church, McLean, and Alexandria, Virginia. They use psychodynamic therapy to improve your mental health, mood, and overall quality of life. Book an appointment online, or call one of the two offices today.

What is psychodynamic therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy is a traditional type of psychotherapy that focuses on gaining insight into helpful thought and behavioral patterns. Providers have developed this type of therapy using the work of Sigmund Freud, and it has evolved to better fit a contemporary understanding of the human mind. Psychodynamic therapy facilitates a deeper understanding of your emotions and other mental health processes. By improving this understanding, you can make the best choices about everyday aspects of your life. 

What are the benefits of psychodynamic therapy?

 Some of the many benefits you can expect with psychodynamic therapy at The Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assessment include:
  • Mood improvements
  • Enhanced thought and behavioral patterns
  • Self-confidence
  • Improved communication
  • Less depression and anxiety
  • Enhanced quality of life
Psychodynamic therapy is a highly effective way to understand how past experiences affect your current behaviors, so you can make lifestyle changes as needed. 

Is psychodynamic therapy right for me?

 Your psychologist discusses your mental health history and symptoms to find out if psychodynamic therapy is right for you. They complete a comprehensive psychological assessment by asking you a series of questions about your thoughts, behaviors, and lifestyle habits before developing an effective treatment plan. 

What happens during psychodynamic therapy?

 During psychodynamic therapy sessions at The Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assessment, your mental health provider talks with you about your past experiences. They help you gain insight into whether past issues affect relationships, your job, judgment, and your overall mental well-being. Your licensed psychologist encourages you to reflect on early relationships with past primary caregivers, as these early relationships serve as templates for future relationships. By becoming more aware of past patterns, you can alter thought processes to improve your mood and future behaviors. You and your therapist explore fulfilling ways to behave, think, and feel. 

How often do I need psychodynamic therapy?

 Psychodynamic therapy is often a long-term type of therapy. You might see your therapist several times each week, or less often, depending on your needs and preferences and the progress you make. You can often experience a deeper level of change, self-awareness, and understanding with psychodynamic therapy vs. other types of mental health treatments. To find out if psychodynamic therapy at The Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assessment is right for you, call one of the offices or schedule an appointment online today.
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