Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a specific form of psychological treatment. It is based on the assumption that our minds are fundamentally adaptive, and our emotional experiences are meaningful and important components that provide important information about who we are and what we desire from life. In psychoanalytic psychotherapy, treatment is focused upon helping you better understand how and why your mind works the way it does, and helping you integrate your emotional experiences more fully and adaptively into your life. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is empirically proven as a highly effective treatment for a wide range of emotional and behavioral difficulties, including depression and anxiety.
Many people seek out psychoanalytic psychotherapy to understand longstanding concerns they have about themselves, their relationships or the quality of their lives. Others seek therapy to address more immediate factors, like chronic stress, depression, anxiety or significant tensions in a relationship or at work. Whether it is something acute or something more subtle but abiding that brought you to treatment, psychoanalytic psychotherapy works by identifying and understanding aspects about yourself that seem to play a part in the life you lead— whether it is emotional hardship you are experiencing or struggles to find satisfaction in love or your work. Very often these qualities in oneself are not entirely conscious to us, but by working together with a psychoanalytically-trained psychotherapist, one can become more aware of these aspects residing in oneself. This has many benefits: when encountering stress or suffering in the future, one feels armed with the knowledge, emotional strength and belief of managing these challenges. It is also very typical that people discover or reawaken any number of possibilities and potentials within themselves. Finally, a successful treatment leaves one with a deeper sense of depth and meaning in life.
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