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Psychodynamic Therapy

In addition to psychoeducation and psychotherapy, we offer Psychodynamic therapy at California Prime in order to help our clients get a deeper understanding of their thought patterns and emotional signals. Not addressing our unconscious thoughts can lead to unexpected reactions and behaviors, especially in addiction patients. Our therapists use psychodynamic therapy as a tool to help analyze and uncover unconscious beliefs that are obstacles to recovery.

What is Psychodynamic Therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy is a modality of psychotherapy where therapists and counselors help individuals connect their current behaviors to past experiences. Oftentimes, an individual may not realize why they are behaving a certain way, or why they turn to substances, despite their every intention of healing and recovering from addiction. It is because of unexamined unconscious thoughts and reactions that they are unaware of. Psychodynamic therapists provide the insight necessary to not only discover, but also to address the deeper thought patterns that are driving current behaviors.

Psychodynamic Therapy for Addiction Patients

Addiction patients are also often dual diagnosis patients, suffering from one or more psychiatric disorders, in addition to substance use disorder. Some of the disorders that we often use psychodynamic therapy are in treating:

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Depressive DisorderPersonality Disorder
Eating DisorderAnxiety and Panic Disorder 


Psychodynamic Therapy Techniques at California Prime

At California Prime we pride ourselves in providing individual treatment plans for the unique needs of each of our patients. These may include several different treatment techniques in unique combinations tailored to each individual.

Some of the techniques we use include:

  • Talk therapy to share and uncover past experiences
  • Free association
  • Journaling thoughts and emotions
  • Visualization exercises
  • Addressing denial, repression, and defense mechanisms
  • Psychoanalysis of behaviors, responses and patterns in everyday life

Goals for Psychodynamic Therapy

One of the major goals of psychodynamic therapy is to uncover and analyze the influence of the unconscious mind on conscious behavior. Because unconscious thoughts and emotions are formulated in response to unexamined past life traumatic events, it is necessary to be in a safe space with a therapist that an individual is able to trust. Recovering addiction patients benefit from deeper bonds with their therapist so they can make long term progress on their journey to sobriety.

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