Psychoanalysis is a treatment for healing emotional pain and promoting personal growth.
Psychoanalysis can help with:
* low self-esteem
* repeated disappointments or difficulties in intimate relationships
* lack of success at work
* indecision and emotional paralysis
* diminished capacity for pleasure
* creative blocks
* sexual problems
* trouble with anger
* depression Psychoanalysis is based on the principle that many factors guiding a person's feelings, thinking and action remain outside his or her conscious awareness. These unconscious emotional processes influence one's current relationships, work life, sense of self, and ability to feel pleasure.
Together, the patient and the analyst embark on a detailed exploration of the patient's inner life. Through the relationship with the analyst, one grows more aware of how one feels and interacts in other relationships.Patterns of feeling, thinking, and acting that have developed over years are re-experienced emotionally andunderstood. By bringing to light the way one feels and relates to others, the choices one has made, and the reason for these choices, psychoanalysis frees a person to see new ways of reaching his or her goals, and opens the way to more satisfying relationships and pursuits.
In psychoanalysis proper, the patient and the analyst meet four or five times weekly. In the safety of the analytic situation, the patient learns to explore his or her inner world-- thoughts, feelings, memories, sensations, visual images, fantasies, dreams, and experience of the analyst, among others. The analyst listens to the patient and guides the patient in listening to his or her own story and in understanding connections between seemingly disparate experiences, so that patient and analyst may gain a coherent understanding of the patient's inner world.