What is Psychoanalysis?
an in-depth psychotherapeutic technique, involving 4 or 5 treatment sessions
per week. In treatment, current day conflicts and symptoms come to be understood in terms of their historical roots, and present
anxieties are explored and understood as residues from the past. Through the individual’s intensive exploration of her/his
personality and character development, a greater degree of self-realization and understanding can be achieved.
treatment is carried out by psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other highly trained mental health professionals
who have completed an accredited psychoanalytic training program. Psychoanalysis is an endeavor which can lead to triumph
over past pains and present discontents. The method is an optimal way of changing one’s psychological fate, and minimizing
needless suffering in an attempt to achieve greater fulfillment and meaning to life.
Psychoanalytic theory has provided
the foundation not only for psychoanalytic treatment, but also for the myriad therapies that have evolved since psychoanalysis
began with the pioneering work of Sigmund Freud. The contributions it has made to our understanding of human motivation and
behavior, and to our cultural world, are far reaching.
What Brings Someone to Seek Psychoanalysis?
Psychoanalysis is generally recommended for individuals who suffer from recurrent emotional
and behavioral patterns that are severe enough to impact their interpersonal relationships, their work, and/or their ability
to enjoy life fully. Anxiety, depression, underachievement, inhibitions, and interpersonal conflicts are some of the symptoms
that bring people to psychoanalysis. The intensive exploration of personality and character development during the psychoanalytic
process can help the individual gain relief from these painful emotional symptoms. Frequent outcomes of psychoanalytic treatment
are improved personal relationships, greater productivity, changes in coping styles, and greater control in one’s life.
children and adolescents can benefit from psychoanalysis when environmental interventions and other treatments directed at
symptom removal are unable to reach internal conflicts and distress. Psychoanalysis is often the treatment of choice where
early trauma and developmental issues are impeding optimal growth. These problems often create stress both inside the home
and in the community.