Psychoanalysis – Psychoanalytic Therapy
Psychoanalysis in Wolverhampton and Wombourne
Psychoanalysis is a form of therapy based on the work of Sigmund Freud which was developed in the earlier part of the last century. In contrast to the more “Directive” therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Psychoanalysis is what is known as a “Psycho-dynamic” therapy. Psycho-dynamic therapies seek to help a person understand WHY they think, feel and experience negative or unhelpful thoughts and emotions.
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The primary objective of Psychoanalysis is to help people suffering with emotional problems to “uncover” or “release” repressed emotional experiences which have become buried deep in the Psyche of the individual. The process of “repression” (unconscious masking) of unpalatable emotional experiences is well documented and is a primary defence mechanism that the mind “employs” whenever it encounters an experience that is perceived as being extremely emotionally charged, in fact too emotionally charged to be acceptable to the psyche.
The World is currently divided into those people who believe that Psychoanalysis is a highly effective form of therapy that deals with emotional problems at the most fundamental level, and those who will say that the process is unscientific. However, for many people it is still considered to be one of the best therapies for permanently resolving long term emotional problems.
Problems Helped with Psychoanalytic Therapies
Psychoanalysis, like most psycho-dynamic interventions, is suited to those types of problems that may seem to be “impervious” to the Directive therapies, particularly those types of problems that have been described as down to our Personalities or Character types – what are commonly called “Characterological Factors.”
If you have been experiencing the same problems for a significant number of years, perhaps since childhood, then the chances are that these problems are due to the developmental phases in your life containing “unresolved” problems or issues. Psychoanalysis, like most Psychotherapies, is able to help for a very wide range of problems, it’s just that the approach, methodology and underlying philosophy is quite different.
What Happens During Psychoanalysis?
Psychoanalysis is a “collaborative” therapy in which the therapeutic relationship plays a role as important as the technical application of the therapy. A client undergoing a course of Psychoanalysis develops a unique and trusting relationship with the therapist which facilitates the course of the therapy.
Very often the types of experiences that occurred in our early developmental phases that are able to have a negative impact on our daily lives contain difficult “material” – experiences that we may have never told anybody about before due to the sense of “shame” or “guilt” that they might have caused. These two emotions have been cited at the principle “driving forces” behind the process called “repression” – the unconscious mechanism our mind uses to “hide” unpleasant experiences from our consciousness.
The process of Psychoanalysis is designed to create an atmosphere where these experiences can be examined and discussed during the therapy without any fear of being judged. During the weekly sessions which last around and hour, the client is encouraged to “freely associate” experiences and emotions that may have been causing problems.
This process of Free Association allows the mind to explore experiences without the need to consciously “search” or “identify” for specific things and invariably is able to assist in uncovering the more important and causative events. Once these experiences are understood in the current “context” – that is, “now” – the symptoms created by these events tend to diminish or even disappear altogether!
Psychoanalysis with Paul
Paul was originally trained (1988) in Psychoanalysis combined with Hypnosis by the International Association of Hypnoanalysts – IAH. However, these days, Paul offers Psychoanalysis without the use of Hypnosis as the process itself is just as beneficial without the involvement of Hypnotherapy. A course of Psychoanalysis, like other Psycho-dynamic therapies, typically requires more sessions than the Directive interventions and although is it impossible to be prescriptive about the actual number of sessions, it is reasonable to expect something in the region of 15 – 30, although many people find a satisfactory resolution to their problems in fewer.
Cost of Psychoanalysis
Because Psychoanalysis requires the development of a “therapist-client” therapeutic relationship (known as “Transference”) the therapy requires several sessions in order to develop properly.
Because of this and other factors related to things such as a willingness to explore and talk openly about difficult emotional experiences, Psychoanalysis is only available on a pay-per-session basis with each session costing £60 payable at the commencement of each session.
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