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John C. Knapp, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Insight-oriented psychotherapy for Andersonville and Greater Chicago

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a therapeutic approach and model that is integrative and comprehensive. It is an insight-oriented form of talk therapy that stresses the importance and relevance of both conscious and unconscious factors in one's psychological life. While other forms of psychotherapeutic treatment focus solely on symptom reduction, psychodynamic psychotherapy attempts to explore the deeper "roots" of one's psychological concerns rather than merely ridding surface symptoms. Thus, while in therapy, one might explore one's childhood, intimate or familial relationships, dreams or fantasies, unwanted behaviors and impulses, relationship between therapist and patient, or any other topic that one chooses to discuss. In so doing, psychodynamic psychotherapy can both resolve symptoms and impart meaning to one's experiences, even those experiences that are often deemed painful or meaningless.

Psychodynamic therapy is appropriate for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. As an approach for children, this type of therapy includes play therapy and sandtray therapy to effectively address trauma, behavioral, and developmental challenges in children. For more information on the efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy, please refer to an article via the link below that was published in the American Psychological Association's journal, American Psychologist: