Psychoanalysis is a treatment approach based on the observation that individuals are often unaware of many of the factors that determine their emotions and behaviour.
Psychoanalysis, as a treatment method, is based on concepts concerning unconscious mental processes originally developed by Sigmund Freud and further developed by a considerable number of experienced psychoanalysts who have followed.
The aim of the practice of psychoanalysis is to assist clients in achieving a greater self awareness of hidden emotions and patterns of thinking that could be influencing current behaviors and other emotional processes. It is commonly believed that most behavior comes from the subconscious or unconscious mind. Since behavior is determined by subconscious thought, the analyst attempts to reach the patient with concepts such as free word association. This helps to bring out things that may be hidden from the conscious mind. The objective is to allow individuals to continue to speak in a comfortable and non-judgmental environment where hidden thoughts and emotions are gradually brought to the conscious awareness.
Psychoanalysis is commonly used to treat
- Anxiety disorders
Psychoanalysis is an effective treatment for many people with moderate to severe difficulties and who have had unsuccessful attempts with briefer therapies. Many people come to analysis because of a pattern of repeated failures in work or in love. Others recognize self destructive patterns of behavior they are unable to change. Others need analysis because the way they are – their character – substantially limits their choices and their
Psychoanalysis can take years of regular therapy sessions. If you are suffering with a great deal of emotional distress and have no clue as to why, you may benefit from psychological therapy.