Episode 49 – Types of Therapy: Psychodynamic

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Have you researched other types of therapy since you last tuned in? Are you looking to gain insight into your life? Have you thought about past events affecting you in the present?

In this episode of The Shrink Think podcast, Nathan and Aaron answer all these questions and more as they share their observations and experiences with psychodynamic therapy.

In This Episode


  • What is psychodynamic therapy?
  • What does it aim to do?
  • Who is it the most helpful for?

What is psychodynamic therapy?

  • The psychological interpretation of mental and emotional processes.
  • Draws from object relations, ego psychology, and self psychology. 
  • Was developed as a simpler, less-lengthy alternative to psychoanalysis.

What does it aim to do?

  • To address the foundation and formation of psychological processes
  • Seeks to reduce illness symptoms and improve people‚Äôs lives.
  • Help people gain insight into their lives and present-day problems

Who is it most helpful for?

  • Depression
  • Those who feel have lost meaning in their lives
  • Those who have difficulty forming and maintaining personal relationships

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Meet Nathan & Aaron

Nathan Hawkins and Aaron Potratz are both licensed therapists and clinical supervisors in the state of Oregon. They each own their own private group counseling practices and co-own a third group practice together. Nathan and Aaron have been in the field since 2004 and 2007, respectively, and have over 100,000 hours of therapy experience each. On their show, they discuss facing fears and common challenges from a therapist’s point of view, imparting wisdom and humanity to their viewers. Along the way, they hope to not only share their insights but bring some light-hearted entertainment to make the journey easier.

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