Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic treatment is centered around the idea that the mind is extremely complex and that many of our thoughts and feelings are only partially known to us. These unconscious ways of thinking and feeling, which link together in circuitous ways influence our behavior as well as our perception of ourselves and others. More importantly how we have come to think influences how we act and the decisions we make.
With the help of the analyst, the person engaging in psychoanalysis begins to hear the repetition of certain themes and ways of thinking. The analyst attempts to link certain thoughts and feelings, often in the process evoking new insight and therefore new possibilities for change. When successful, psychoanalytic treatment impacts the individual personally, socially and professionally not just through insight but through the development of new and creative ways of thinking.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis ranges in frequency from 2-5 times weekly. The use of the couch is encouraged in order to allow the analyst and patient to develop a collaborative thinking space in which new thoughts may emerge. Dreams, humor and one's own idiosyncratic use and understanding of language play their parts in the drama of self-understanding and thus are considered important areas of exploration.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children and adolescents while using some of the above methods, focuses more specifically on resolution of stated problems through drawing, play with specifically selected toys, playing of games, and in some cases the use of the individuals internet interests (See Specialty Area for in depth description).
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