Psychoanalysis is an intensive treatment approach designed to help with enduring problems. For example, psychoanalysis can help with longstanding relationship problems, depression, anxiety or other mental health difficulties. A patient in psychoanalysis comes several times a week for an extended period of time.
Psychoanalysis aims at getting to the root of problems so long-term change can take place. The first step in psychoanalysis is creating a trusting relationship with your therapist which sets the stage for the therapeutic work. The therapist and patient then work collaboratively to help the patient understand why they can’t break out of dysfunctional behavioral patterns that cause upset so they can then be free to make different choices. Ultimately, psychoanalysis helps the patient create a new life story free from the burdens of the past. Psychoanalysis uses the same treatment techniques as psycho-dynamic psychotherapy
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