Is anxiety getting you down?

Anxiety affects millions of people worldwide. If you find yourself constantly worrying, feeling on edge, or experiencing physical symptoms like rapid heartbeat or sweating, you may be struggling with anxiety. At Union Square Psychotherapy, we understand how overwhelming and debilitating anxiety can be. Our experienced therapists are here to help you navigate your anxiety and find lasting relief through a psychodynamic approach to treatment.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a natural response to stress or perceived threats, characterized by feelings of fear, worry, and unease. While occasional anxiety is a normal part of life, persistent and excessive anxiety can interfere with daily activities, relationships, and overall well-being. Anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder, are marked by chronic and intense anxiety symptoms that can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life.

The Psychodynamic Approach to Treating Anxiety

At Union Square Psychotherapy, we specialize in psychodynamic therapy, a form of talk therapy that explores the underlying psychological factors contributing to anxiety. This approach is rooted in the belief that unconscious thoughts, feelings, and experiences shaped by early life events can influence current anxiety symptoms.

Key Concepts Characterizing Psychodynamic Treatment of Anxiety:

  1. Unconscious conflicts: Psychodynamic therapy aims to uncover and resolve unconscious conflicts that may be fueling anxiety.
  2. Early life experiences: By exploring early life experiences and relationships, therapists can help clients identify patterns and dynamics that contribute to anxiety.
  3. Defense mechanisms: Psychodynamic therapy examines how individuals may use defense mechanisms, such as avoidance or repression, to cope with anxiety.
  4. Transference: The therapeutic relationship can provide insight into how patients relate to others and how past experiences impact current relationships and anxiety.

How it Works

In psychodynamic therapy, clients work closely with their therapist to explore their inner world, including thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Through this exploration, patients gain a deeper understanding of the roots of their anxiety and develop new ways of coping and relating to others. Therapists may use techniques such as free association, dream analysis, and interpretation to help patients uncover unconscious conflicts and gain insight into their anxiety.

Psychoanalysis, a more intensive form of psychodynamic therapy, involves multiple sessions per week and a deeper exploration of unconscious processes. This approach can be particularly helpful for individuals with severe or long-standing anxiety.

Possible Benefits of Treatment

Engaging in psychodynamic therapy for anxiety can lead to numerous benefits, including:

  1. Reduced anxiety symptoms: By addressing the underlying causes of anxiety, psychodynamic therapy can help alleviate symptoms such as excessive worry, panic attacks, and physical discomfort.
  2. Improved self-awareness: Through the exploration of inner experiences and unconscious conflicts, clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their emotional landscape.
  3. Enhanced coping skills: Psychodynamic therapy helps clients develop healthier ways of coping with stress and anxiety, leading to greater resilience and emotional regulation.
  4. Stronger relationships: By examining patterns in relationships and addressing interpersonal conflicts, clients can improve their ability to form and maintain meaningful connections with others.
  5. Long-term relief: Psychodynamic therapy aims to create lasting change by addressing the root causes of anxiety, rather than simply managing symptoms in the short-term.


If you’re struggling with anxiety, know that you’re not alone and that help is available. At Union Square Psychotherapy, our skilled therapists are dedicated to providing a safe, non-judgmental space for you to explore your anxiety and find relief through psychodynamic therapy. By delving into the unconscious factors contributing to your anxiety, you can gain insight, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and experience lasting improvement in your mental health and overall well-being. Take the first step toward a more peaceful and fulfilling life by reaching out to us today.