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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy I became interested in psychodynamic psychotherapy (which is based on psychoanalysis) after studying Carl Jung’s psychology, systems theories, Holotropic Breathwork, and Hakomi Body-Oriented Psychotherapy. The orientation of psychoanalysis I studied in depth is Modern Psychoanalysis. What I value most about this orientation is that the analyst brings into the clinical relationship his or her full presence, perceptive listening, sensitive attunement, and playfulness.

Modern Psychoanalysis originated with Hymon Spotnitz, MD (1908-2008), who, along with other psychoanalysts, recognized that classical psychoanalytic methods weren’t effective with certain psychological problems. Together with others, Spotnitz develop a broader psychoanalytic orientation that is relational, interactive, and oriented to the present moment of each therapeutic encounter. Whereas classical psychoanalysis sought primarily insight, Modern Psychoanalysis gives greater attention to helping the client experience the feelings and find the language that will remove barriers to greater joy and satisfaction in life.