Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy draws on the theories and practices of psychoanalysis and is a process that helps us to understand and tackle our problems by increasing awareness of the way in which our inner world influences our day-to-day behavior.
It differs from many other therapies because it is usually a long-term process aiming for deep-seated and lasting change within our personality and our emotional development.
Because Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy aims to influence deeper layers of the personality as the sources of one’s troubling thoughts and behavior, treatment can last anywhere between several months to several years, and sessions are scheduled at a minimum of two times per week.
Such intensive psychotherapy is a big investment, not just financially, but in terms of time and psychic energy. However, this big investment in one’s life can produce significant rewards in terms of the ability (as Freud put it) to love and to work.
People find that they are better able to understand themselves, to be more creative in all sorts of ways, and to relate to and care for others better.