Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist & Psychodynamic Psychotherapist located in Chicago, IL


If you have depression, anxiety, a problematic personality style, or other mental health concerns, but haven’t experienced successful treatment in the past, Dr. Kleinman can offer highly effective psychotherapy treatments that optimize your mental health and well-being at her private practice at One Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois. Schedule an evaluation by calling Amanda S. Kleinman MD Ltd or book one online today. 

Psychotherapy Q&A

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a process for treating mental health issues where a patient and provider talk about the patient’s emotional problems. Through talking, the patient and provider discover a useful way of understanding the problems that helps a patient cope better with future challenges in life. Dr. Kleinman offers two styles of psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP).  

In Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, patients meet weekly with Dr. Kleinman to explore their symptoms and concerns, trying to look at the thoughts, emotions, behaviors, memories, and mental ideas that may be influencing their experience. This therapy helps patients better understand how their mind works and how to make sense of what it does.  

In Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP), patients meet twice weekly with Dr. Kleinman to do a more intensive exploration of their emotional problems. TFP helps patients discover the origins of their symptoms and the emotional patterns that often perpetuate the symptoms. It helps patients better understand their personal identity and their relationships. TFP is unique in how it uses the patient’s experience of the therapist (the transference) to uncover key elements in how patients see themselves and others.  

When do you need psychotherapy?

Dr. Kleinman offers psychotherapy and medication management to treat the following mental health conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Complicated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Substance use problems 
  • Borderline personality type 
  • Narcissistic personality type
  • Recurrent suicidality 

Therapy is helpful when a mental health condition is leading to recurrent problems in relationships or at work. TFP can be especially helpful when problems are chronic or more intense or have only partially improved with traditional mental health care.  

What are the benefits of psychotherapy? 

The advantages of choosing psychotherapy at Amanda S. Kleinman MD Ltd include:

  • Stabilized mood
  • Improved emotions
  • Healthier thoughts and behaviors
  • Reduced anger or irritability 
  • Better interpersonal relationships
  • Improved quality of life

Dr. Kleinman tailors each psychotherapy treatment to your individualized needs, ensuring highly effective, long-lasting results.

Is psychotherapy right for me?

To determine if you’re a candidate for TFP or other forms of psychotherapy, Dr. Kleinman reviews your medical history, symptoms, lifestyle, thoughts, behaviors, and more. She discusses your medication regimen and any mental health treatments you may have tried in the past.

What happens during psychotherapy sessions?

Psychotherapy with Dr. Kleinman means doing  talk therapy, using evidence-based approaches that are exceedingly effective for improving how you comprehend emotions and react to challenging situations.

TFP helps you make sense of yourself and the world around you. The growth and change that occurs during TFP sessions is outstanding and long-lasting. You can emerge from TFP with an ability to develop meaningful relationships, have a more satisfying work life, and achieve a more contented view of yourself and your future.

Request a consultation with Dr. Kleinman by phone or submit an online request today. to take advantage of superior psychotherapy.