About Psychoanalysis

A Psychoanalyst Can Help You…

(adapted from the public information office brochure of the American Psychoanalytic Association www.apsa.org )

  • Get relief from painful emotional symptoms
  • Feel understood as a unique individual
  • Achieve emotional freedom
  • Improve your personal relationships
  • Become more productive at work
  • Take more pleasure from life
  • Change lifelong ways of coping that just aren’t working
  • Understand feelings and behaviors that just don’t make sense
  • Gain greater control over your life
  • Stop self-destructive patterns of behavior
  • Understand yourself
  • Prevent the past from interfering with the present
  • Talk things over in a safe and private environment
  • Unlock your creative potential

What is Psychoanalysis?

(This information is adapted from information available through the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, www.washpsa.org)

Psychoanalytic treatment is a collaborative endeavor between patient and analyst. Psychoanalytic treatment is based on the theory that individuals are often unaware of many factors that determine their emotions and actions. This lack of recognition can lead to unhappiness, sometimes in the form of recognizable symptoms and other times as troubling personality problems, difficulties in work or in relationships, or concerns with self esteem. Symptoms often include depression and anxiety.

Typically the patient and analyst meet four or five times each week in the quiet and confidential setting of the analyst’s office to learn how these unconscious factors affect the patient’s current relationships and patterns of behavior. Through the psychoanalytic process, the patient learns to recognize how and when old patterns of behavior are triggered and thus comes to deal more effectively with current, everyday life.

What is Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy utilizes the principles of psychoanalysis and is a more focused and circumscribed treatment. Treatment usually consists of two or more sessions per week. As with psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy is often recommended for people with considerable strengths, emotional resources, and motivation for change. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy strives to increase self awareness and enhance the patient’s ability to apply this awareness to daily life.

Why Consider Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy or Psychoanalysis?

Work with a therapist may help one understand and resolved some of the following problems:

  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-esteem concerns
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Unresolved grief and loss
  • Sexual anxieties
  • Developmental problems in children and adolescents

Who is a Psychoanalyst?

Therapists who have trained in psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy are among the most highly trained, licensed mental health professionals. Each undergoes advanced post-graduate training with extensive clinical supervision. A clinician may enter this advanced training from a variety of professional backgrounds—social work, psychology, psychiatry, or psychiatric nursing.