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In order to learn more about psychoanalysis, please read the following chapters: What is psychoanalysis? How does it work? and Answers to frequently asked questions.
What is psychoanalysis?
What do you think about when you pronounce the word “psychoanalysis”? Possibly, someone who says, “Would you like to talk about this?” Or maybe you imagine something hidden, mysterious, manipulation with a person’s personality, that are impossible to understand but which can miraculously influence aspects of human life? You might have other associations as well.
One could admit that a person who knows little about psychoanalysis has fantasies, imaginings and questions about this method but few answers.
One might perceive psychoanalysis as a scientific trend or a definite psychotherapeutic method so it may be better to follow the process of what happens when a person has an appointment with a psychoanalyst.
So, suppose that any people are worried about unsolved difficulties in their life, that something disturbs them enough to prevent them from living a full life. Possibly, they suffer from symptoms such as depression, anxiety, pain, bulimia and so on. One day they decide to get help so they find a suitable psychoanalyst and make an appointment. What happens next?
In the psychoanalyst’s room there will be furniture, bookcases and such items that create an atmosphere of comfort, trust and safety. At this first appointment the psychoanalyst will begin to help in overcoming a person’s difficulties. Whether psychotherapeutic sessions continue depends on this first conversation and on what the psychoanalyst subsequently diagnoses.
As the psychoanalyst becomes acquainted with the client and evaluates what kind of therapy the client needs, s/he offers advice as to the best way to proceed.
The following procedures and issues are discussed: frequency of meetings; cancelling/rearranging sessions; psychoanalyst’s fees; confidentiality. The psychoanalyst explains to the client that they are allowed to speak about anything and everything through their thoughts, images and fantasies that first come into their mind.
Consequently it is seen that a free conversation can “magically” change your life.
How does it work?
This is a question that comes to mind in most psychoanalyst’s clients.
The human psyche is a complicated and multi-level system. Some psychic processes are readily available for understanding here and now but some remain ‘behind the scenes’, occasionally reminding us about their existence through dreams, random thoughts and unexpected acts. This part of the psyche is usually called ‘the unconscious’. This hidden area often contains the reasons for our anxiety, fears or not allowing improvements in personality development.
Whilst conversing with the client, the psychoanalyst analyses the unconscious world of the client, revealing the spheres of personality that need developing, thus helping a person to refine or ‘fix’ something in them. After some time it provides a relevant and very persistent psychotherapeutic effect.
Answers to F.A.Q.
How much time/how many sessions are required to help?
Setting of the therapy is discussed in the first session. Frequency from one to five sessions per week may be recommended, depending on the problem of the client. The psychoanalyst may suggest carrying out three testing sessions in order to evaluate how the patient responds to the therapy and to understand his actual state better. In most cases, consider allocating at least 6 months in making a decision to carry out a psychoanalysis course.
If support is needed with actual living through events, it is possible to provide several consultations or therapy ‘on request.
If a problem on a superficial level causes worry e.g. the inability to make an important decision, even one consultation may enable a person to resolve it.
There are a lot of advertisements on the Internet about help from psychoanalysts, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, fortune tellers, healers; how can I choose someone?
For effective psychoanalytic work it is necessary to fulfil the following conditions: the specialist must have basic medical or psychological education, must achieve psychoanalytic training and must do personal psychoanalysis. The latter is strongly required because the therapist must deal with problems of the patient, not his own. Collect the relevant information about the specialist.
I am not exactly sure that I want psychotherapy. Probably a medicinal cure would be easier and more effective?
In this case do your best to find a specialist who is qualified in therapy and in prescribing modern medication as well, and have a consultation with her/him.
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