Psychoanalysis NYC

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.

What is the Difference Between Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?

Psychoanalysis is similar to psychodynamic therapy but more intensive. It involves meeting multiple times per week. You may even choose to lie down on the couch, which can enhance the sensory experience and help direct your focus inward. These conditions help facilitate a deep connection with the therapist, through which many of your inner conflicts become available for safe exploration. This allows one to reproduce more quickly early dynamics, patterns, and ways of relating that would otherwise be difficult to access in once- or twice-per-week treatment.

If you’ve benefited from psychodynamic psychotherapy, you may consider psychoanalysis for a number of reasons: 

  • More intensive and comprehensive
  • Deeper relationship with the therapist
  • More room for exploration

Changes you can expect with psychoanalysis:

  • Far-reaching personal growth
  • Personality changes 
  • Enhanced capacity to think
  • Overcome deep-seated relationship traumas
  • Greater ability to mourn losses

The long-term benefits of psychoanalysis are wide-reaching:

    • Ability to engage more deeply with your passions and hobbies
    • Greater career satisfaction 
    • A richer mental life and greater contact with inner experience
    • Healthier sense of self and greater self-love
    • Learn to love more fully

Who Can Benefit From Psychoanalysis

There is strong evidence for the effectiveness of psychoanalysis. This treatment is more involved than psychotherapy, so it is important that you are able to make the time commitment. Many can benefit from psychoanalysis:

What to Expect in Psychoanalysis

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.

Contact Us for a Consultation For NYC Psychoanalysis in Upper West Side

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. 

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