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Psychodynamic Therapy

Mental Health & Counseling located in Ohio City , Cleveland, OH

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy helps you make positive choices toward an abundant life by helping you uncover and overcome the influence of your past experiences. The caring team at PMA Assessment and Counseling specializes in psychodynamic therapy and many holistic approaches, allowing them to customize services to meet the unique needs of each individual. Call the Cleveland, Ohio, office today or book an in-person or telehealth visit online to explore how psychodynamic therapy can improve your life.

Psychodynamic Therapy Q&A


What is psychodynamic therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy focuses on how past experiences unconsciously influence or cause your current problems.

Your experiences, beginning in childhood and continuing throughout adulthood, shape you and your life. 

But if you don’t remember them, the memories tucked in your subconscious strongly impact your current life, making you automatically say, feel, and act in ways that sabotage your relationships, success, and happiness.

As your PMA Assessment and Counseling therapist helps you look inward and become aware of your subconscious thoughts and repressed memories, you gain insight into why you have certain feelings and behaviors today.

Psychodynamic therapy goes a step beyond delving into your past. Your therapist helps you use your new insight to solve your current problems, change negative feelings and behaviors, make better choices, and positively change the course of your life.

When might I benefit from psychodynamic therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy can help anyone who wants to understand themselves and use that information to drive a more fulfilling life. This type of therapy is also beneficial for overcoming many mental health challenges, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Trauma-related disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

You may also want to consider psychodynamic therapy to understand why you keep repeating behaviors or choices despite knowing they haven’t led to success in your relationships, work, or other aspects of your life.

What happens during psychodynamic therapy sessions?

Your PMA Assessment and Counseling therapist devotes your first session to learning about your current life and challenges. After listening to your concerns, they may complete a psychological assessment to diagnose any mental health disorders.

During psychodynamic therapy, your clinician uses various techniques to help you explore your past and uncover subconscious memories. 

For example, free association lets you express whatever is on your mind, whether or not it seems relevant. As you freely talk, your therapist can identify connections between your past and present that you may not see.

Your therapist may also help you identify repeated behaviors, explore why you avoid certain distressing situations, and look for patterns in your relationships, to give you a few examples of other ways to find connections.

After identifying specific roadblocks, your therapist helps you process the memories and redefine your life.

Call PMA Assessment and Counseling today or connect online to request an in-person or telehealth appointment and learn how psychodynamic therapy can support your well-being.