Psychoanalytic therapy is an effective form of treatment for many people whose difficulties range from mild to moderate, including those who are either seeking treatment for the first time or who may have experienced unsuccessful attempts with other types of treatment or briefer therapies in the past.
The psychoanalytic method recognizes that the symptoms for which people seek therapy are merely but a grain of salt in the mine. Therapy touches upon deeper underlying sources of problems, requiring time and space for their understanding.
Psychoanalytic Therapy: An Introduction
Therapists tend to think of reoccurring psychological symptoms as manifestations of the unconscious. Simply, what cannot be expressed through language finds its way into the person in the form of a physical, behavioral or emotional complaint – “I can’t sleep,” “I can’t concentrate,” “I have difficulties with relationships,” …
To enter into the psychoanalytic journey of self-exploration, individuals take responsibility for what is happening, thus accepting the existence of the unconscious mind. Not only symptom relief can be experienced, but also through the reflective process, greater self-knowledge and a firmer sense of self and one's own mind can be found, as well as furthering potential.