"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

-Rumi

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: The Talking Cure

Psychodynamic psychotherapy provides a unique opportunity to understand what underlies the deeply rooted patterns that keep us from feeling whole, alive, and connected to ourselves and others. Putting words to our thoughts and feelings within the therapeutic conversation relieves feelings of hopelessness, meaninglessness, and frustration and brings clarity and meaning to our inner worlds. Knowing oneself more deeply results in a strong sense of self: a quality that helps us navigate our lives with confidence and a sense of inner freedom.

Therapeutic Writing Groups: The Writing Cure

Therapeutic writing offers a unique opportunity for self-discovery by creatively engaging the inner world. For some, the page invites a kind of intimacy and playfulness that lead to new insights and healing. Writing can also be a safe stepping stone to speech, making the writing groups a supportive milieu to experiment with self-expression. Chantal offers both on-going therapeutic writing groups as well as therapeutic writing workshops.

“Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”

― Rumi

Therapy in Santa Barbara with Chantal Wunderlich, MFT

ABOUT PSYCHODYNAMIC THERAPY WITH CHANTAL

Are you feeling stuck in a repetitive and painful behavioral or emotional pattern that you’ve been unable to transcend by other means?

Psychodynamic psychotherapy provides a unique opportunity to resolve issues that underlie unwanted symptoms. In working through these underlying issues, my clients can expect not only to heal, but also to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, resulting in a stronger sense of self.

Healing is a collaborative process that unfolds in the context of the relationship between therapist and client. A successful therapy requires skill and careful moment-to-moment consideration on the part of the therapist as well as active participation from the client. It is important that client and therapist be well-matched, which is why I meet with each person before a mutual commitment to treatment is made.

TREATMENT FOCUS

I have successfully treated a variety of psychological ailments. Many people find me after unsuccessful previous therapies in which they felt that they were not able to get to the heart of what troubled them. I believe it is my strength to engage my clients in a kind of conversation that, over time, leads not only to new insights and healing, but to a different relationship with self and others.

Examples of ailments I have successfully treated include: Grief and loss, anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, trauma, self-harming behaviors, eating disturbances, relationship issues, as well as substance and process addictions.

If you think you might benefit from psychodynamic psychotherapy, please contact me. I look forward to finding out if I’m the right therapist for you.

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About the process…

Watch this video about how psychodynamic psychotherapy unlocks the past, informs the present, and expands the future.

 

(video source: apsa.org)