Psychoanalysis was founded as the original psychotherapy. Known as the revolutionary “talking cure,” it was the first treatment to emphasize speaking as a means of unraveling deep psychic conflicts that contribute to physical and mental distress.
Prior to psychoanalysis, treatments were mainly based on suggestion. That is, the doctor would directly tell the patient what to do. This process was primarily agenda-driven, with little regard for the patient’s own understanding of their issues or conflicts. In turn, suggestion-based treatments met little success.
If you’ve benefited from psychodynamic psychotherapy, you may consider psychoanalysis for a number of reasons:
Changes you can expect with psychoanalysis:
The long-term benefits of psychoanalysis are wide-reaching:
Psychoanalysis is a unique experience unlike any you’ve ever had. While you may find the beginning to be challenging, you will likely quickly grow to love the space for personal exploration. Few other approaches can provide this degree of room for self-discovery.
Many find immediate benefits from the increased frequency of their therapy, and they will want to continue the process to take their therapy further. Psychoanalysis may be the best investment you can make in your personal growth and development.
Psychoanalysis is a considerable commitment, but it is one that can forever change your life. If you’d like to see if this treatment is appropriate for you, please contact us to set up a consultation. We’re happy to address questions you may have regarding the differences between psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.