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An Overview Of Psychoanalysis Treatment Theory

When most people research the subject of psychoanalysis, the focus is typically on how the theory can relate to treatment. As a psychological therapy, the theory is based upon the observation that an individual is usually unaware and ignorant of the factors that determine and control their behaviors and emotions. It is an approach which is popular with individuals who find it hard to adapt to the pressures of the modern world.

The unconscious factors that are at play can lead to unhappiness and troubling personality traits. Disturbances in mood and self esteem, and difficulties forming love and work relationships are also issues that can be explored through psychoanalysis. As most of the forces at play are unconscious, advice of friends, the reading of books, and a determined will can fail to bring about relief.

Professional psychoanalytic treatment helps in demonstrating how unconscious factors impact on behavior patterns and relationships. It can trace problems back to their origins, highlighting how they have developed and changed over time. This helps an individual cope better with the difficulties they face in their life.

Analysis involves an intimate partnership with the psychologist. During treatment the patient is made aware of the primary sources of their problems, not just intellectually but also emotionally. Through a process of re-experiencing, an individual can come face to face with issues that may have been impacting on their lives for a long time.

The treatment typically involves the patient visiting the psychoanalyst a few times a week, during the interactions they are encouraged to open up and speak about whatever is on their mind. The conditions help in creating a setting that permits aspects of the mind to emerge which may not have otherwise been observed. As a patient is speaking, clues to the unconscious sources of their problems start to appear, perhaps through repeated behavior patterns, in the way the patient interacts with the analyst, or due to their avoidance of certain subjects.

During each session, the analyst encourages the patient to refine, correct, reject, and add their thoughts and outward expressions. During weeks and months, patients are encouraged to wrestle with their insights, exploring how their thoughts have developed and impacted on their life. Both analyst and patient join forces to try and modify crippling patterns and remove the most incapacitating symptoms.

Over time, the patient’s outlook, behavior, and relationships start to change. At first the process may seem slow to bear fruit, but in time real improvements can be had. The approach is one that has helped people from all walks of life regain their self-esteem and become more grounded individuals.

As analysis is a very individualized treatment, those who wish to learn if they would benefit from such an approach should first request a consultation with a professional psychoanalyst. Though people of all dispositions undergo this treatment, the best results are seen in those who are sturdy of mind. They may already have achieved certain life goals but feel impaired by long standing behavior conditions.

No matter what the problem that is brought to the analyst, it is only understood correctly in the context of an individual’s life situation and their strengths and weaknesses. A thorough examination is the best way to determine if a person can benefit through this treatment. Psychoanalysis is a powerful approach, but may not be suitable for everyone.
 

Psychoanalysis London are a group of Psychotherapists practicing the Lacanian orientation, we have nine practice rooms spread across the whole of London, To find out more, or to make a booking visit us online.

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