The Psychodynamic Approach of Joseph Burgo



Those who have read the books “Cinderella: A Tale of Narcissism and Self-Harm” and “Why Do I Do That?” are perhaps already more or less familiar with the tenets of Joseph Burgo’s approach to psychotherapy.  The same goes for those who follow his psychotherapy blog at  But for those who have yet to be introduced to his in-depth, psychodynamic approach to therapy and its intimate, potentially life-changing effects, there is much yet to discover.

Joseph Burgo PhD has been in the profession of psychotherapy for well over three decades, and in that time, he has refined his psychotherapeutic techniques to ones that he has found to be of the most lasting, deep, and positively freeing effects.  An adherent of the psychodynamic approach, Burgo is the type of therapist one approaches when seeking the sorts of revelations or realizations about the self that go beyond formulaic or cause-and-effect behavioral observations.  Insight is at the heart of Burgo’s approach: insight based on long-lasting, sometimes slightly time-consuming-to-arrive-at unveilings and understandings of the relationships, attachments, and defense mechanisms that the person has or has had in his life and which continue to shape the frame of his relationships to the day.

Burgo’s technique may be characterized as personal and profound in its exploration.  The idea is to work on lasting changes to the self, and not merely quick-fix behavioral issues that can be handled with a few sessions from someone of an appropriate psychotherapeutic school.  As a result, psychodynamic therapy like Burgo’s may well demand long hours of regular sessions for the sort of insightful healing that is its goal to take place.

Burgo is far from the only psychodynamic therapist at the moment, of course, although he is certainly one of the better known ones right now due to his blog, books, and online therapy work.  There are a fair number of psychodynamic therapists to this day, most of them referencing the base concepts established by such psychoanalytic greats such as Freud, Jung, and Bowlby & Ainsworth.  Their concepts have helped to shape dynamic psychology and its underpinnings of the conscious and the unconscious in interaction, a psychoanalytic approach that continues to be in use by Burgo and many other therapists to this day.

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