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What is Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?

Psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychodynamic therapy are unique forms of treatment that address emotional suffering. It is different from other psychotherapies in its focus, depth and method. While other therapies help solve specific problems, psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy treat specific problems that are viewed in the context of the whole person. It assists in developing an awareness and reflective capacity to cope with the changing nature of the human experience. The quest for self knowledge, truth, understanding and acceptance are most important when changing attitudes and behavior.

People seek psychotherapy for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes they feel unhappy that life is not going as they had hoped for. Sometimes they might seek relief from a particular symptom or solve a specific problem produced by difficult circumstances. At other times they may want to make a change in breaking a pattern in thinking communicating and relating, feel less stuck, less depressed, less guilty and more hopeful.  Treatment can be short term or long term.

When someone comes to psychotherapy he or she is in some sort of emotional pain and conflict. Initially the goal is to bring about relief from the uncomfortable feelings, frustration, depression, anxiety, confusion or even physical pain. As the treatment unfolds and you understand yourself better, you will experience more freedom to live life as one wishes, with more pleasure and creativity.

Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is the process by which underlying causes for our unhappiness, anxiety, behavior, thoughts, feelings, conflicts become known to us. They differ in the frequency of sessions with the same goal of understanding one’s internal life, made up of thoughts, feelings, experiences and underlying causes unknown to most. When understood, options and possibilities for growth and development may occur.