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Psychodynamic Therapy in NYC

Unlock Inner Transformation and Find Peace with Expert Psychodynamic Therapy Services at The Compassion Practice

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When Do You Need Psychodynamic Therapy in NYC?

Are you feeling overwhelmed, stuck in repetitive patterns, or struggling to cope with your emotions in NYC? Psychodynamic therapy at The Compassion Practice offers a transformative approach to help you gain insight, resolve conflicts, and promote lasting personal growth. Here are some instances when considering Psychodynamic Therapy may be helpful:

Take the first step towards a more fulfilling life. Reach out to The Compassion Practice and start your therapy journey.

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Give us a call at (347) 391-0086 to find out more about Psychodynamic Therapy in NYC. The Compassion Practice offers Therapy services to Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York. Or click “Get Started Now” to schedule an appointment online with our Psychodynamic Therapist today.

Psychodynamic Therapy Techniques

1-Understanding the Underlying Principles: Psychodynamic therapy is a therapeutic approach that explores unconscious processes and how they influence thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It delves into early life experiences, relationships, and internal conflicts to gain insight into the root causes of psychological challenges.

2-Exploring the Unconscious Mind: The core of psychodynamic therapy is the belief that unconscious thoughts and emotions significantly impact our daily lives. Therapists work with clients to uncover hidden patterns, motivations, and unresolved conflicts that may contribute to their current struggles, providing a deeper understanding of their inner world.

3-Emphasis on the Therapeutic Relationship: The therapeutic relationship in psychodynamic therapy is crucial to the healing process. The therapist provides a safe, non-judgmental space where clients can openly explore their thoughts and feelings. 

4-Integration of Past and Present Experiences: Psychodynamic therapy recognizes the interconnectedness between past experiences and present difficulties. By examining early life experiences, such as childhood relationships and family dynamics, therapists help clients identify recurring patterns and make connections that contribute to their current challenges.

1-Free Association: Clients are encouraged to express their thoughts, emotions, and memories freely without censorship or judgment. This technique allows for exploring unconscious material and emerging underlying thoughts and feelings that may influence their current experiences.

2-Dream Analysis:

Dreams are viewed as a window into the unconscious mind. Therapists work with clients to explore the symbols, metaphors, and themes in their dreams, helping uncover hidden meanings and gain insight into unresolved conflicts or desires.


Based on psychodynamic theories, therapists interpret the client’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. These interpretations aim to bring unconscious motivations, conflicts, and patterns to the client’s conscious awareness, fostering insight and understanding.

4-Transference Analysis: Transference occurs when clients unconsciously transfer feelings and attitudes from past relationships onto the therapist. Through examining these transference dynamics, therapists can help clients gain insight into their relational patterns and explore unresolved issues from their past, ultimately fostering personal growth and healthier relationship dynamics.

What Can Psychodynamic Therapy Treat?

1Depression and Anxiety Disorders: Uncover the root causes of depressive and anxiety symptoms to foster understanding and develop effective coping strategies.

2-Relationship Issues: Address communication difficulties, explore relational patterns, and foster healthier connections with others.

3-Trauma and PTSD: Heal from past traumatic experiences by gaining insight, processing emotions, and developing resilience.

4-Low Self-esteem and Self-worth: Explore and address underlying factors contributing to low self-esteem, fostering self-compassion and self-empowerment.

5-Grief and Loss: Navigate the complexities of grief, understand its impact, and find ways to adapt and heal.

6-Identity Exploration and Development: Engage in self-discovery, clarify values, and foster personal growth and fulfillment.

7-Behavioral Addictions: Uncover the psychological factors driving addictive behaviors and develop strategies for recovery and healthier choices.

8-Interpersonal Difficulties: Address attachment issues, explore interpersonal dynamics, and enhance social skills for healthier relationships.

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Psychodynamic Therapy in NYC Can Transform Your Life

Psychodynamic therapy at The Compassion Practice has the power to transform your life by offering a unique and personalized approach to healing and personal growth. Here’s how our psychodynamic therapy services can change your life.

Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery, uncovering hidden patterns and gaining profound insights that foster personal growth and self-compassion. Cultivate a deep sense of self-compassion and empowerment, nurturing personal well-being and fostering continuous growth along the way.

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Why Choose The Compassion Practice for Psychodynamic Therapy in NYC

At The Compassion Practice in NYC, we offer a compassionate and transformative approach to psychodynamic therapy, providing a safe space for healing, self-discovery, and personal growth.

In our nurturing environment, experienced therapists are skilled in guiding transformative journeys of self-discovery and healing. We create a safe space filled with understanding and acceptance, where we work together to explore challenges and develop effective strategies for personal growth and positive change.

Meet Our Psychodynamic Therapy Ellen

LMSW, Staff Therapist

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hi, I am Ellen Abrams King!

I’m looking forward to our sessions together, where we’ll embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth. I aim to create a safe and empathetic space where you feel heard and understood.

In our sessions, we’ll be engaging in Psychodynamic therapy, a collaborative process that delves into the unconscious mind to uncover deep-seated patterns and conflicts that may be affecting your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Through exploration of your past experiences, relationships, and emotions, we’ll work to gain insight into the root causes of your current struggles.

I hope to help you gain insight into yourself, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and ultimately achieve a greater sense of fulfillment and well-being in your life.

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1-How long does a psychodynamic therapy session typically last?

Sessions usually last 50 minutes to one hour, but session duration can vary depending on individual needs and therapist recommendations.

2-How often should I attend therapy sessions?

The frequency of sessions is typically determined collaboratively between you and your therapist, with most clients attending once per week. However, the frequency may be adjusted based on your progress and specific therapeutic goals.

3-How long will I need to be in therapy?

The duration of therapy varies depending on individual circumstances and goals. Some individuals may benefit from short-term therapy for specific concerns, while others may choose longer-term therapy for ongoing personal growth and support.

4-How confidential is therapy?

Confidentiality is a top priority. Therapists adhere to strict professional ethics and legal regulations to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of their therapy sessions and personal information.

5-How do I know if psychodynamic therapy is the right approach for me?

It’s best to schedule an initial consultation with a therapist to discuss your needs and concerns. They can help determine if psychodynamic therapy aligns with your goals and recommend an appropriate treatment approach.

6-How do I choose the right therapist for me?

Finding a therapist who is a good fit for you is important. Consider their expertise, experience, therapeutic approach, and personal connection. You can schedule a consultation to see if you feel comfortable and understood by the therapist.

7-How much does psychodynamic therapy at The Compassion Practice cost?

The cost of therapy can vary depending on factors such as session duration and therapist experience. Please contact us directly for information on our fees and any available sliding scale options.

8-Can I use insurance to cover the cost of therapy?

The Compassion Practice accepts certain insurance plans. Please contact our office to inquire about insurance coverage and verification.

9-What if I'm not sure if psychodynamic therapy is right for me?

Our therapists are available for consultations if you need clarification on the best therapeutic approach. They can discuss your concerns, answer questions, and provide guidance on the most suitable treatment options.

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Our therapists practice many evidence-based approaches from a lens of self-compassion and mindfulness. Our clinicians also specialize in LGBTQIA+ affirming care.
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” 

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Psychodynamic Therapy in NYC

The Whole You

At The Compassion Practice we recognize that mental health conditions do not define a person. People are more than just a label. Instead, we take a holistic approach to treatment that goes beyond solely mental health. Life happens, and we’re here to help.
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A Note
About Insurance

We focus on providing out-of-network benefits for our clients. We do this to provide the highest level of care for our clients. Our reception team can help you understand and leverage your out of network benefits. Many of our clients are able to get the majority of their therapy costs reimbursed through their insurance’s out of network benefits.

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We are here to serve you! Please contact us and you will be greeted by one of our intake specialists. They can answer your questions about therapy and help you figure out your out of network benefits. Rest assured that you will be completely taken care of!