Both psychotherapy and psychoanalysis aim at enabling a person to feel alive, creative, satisfied with life and with themselves, that is, in the fullest sense, real. There are many causes that interfere with such experiences, some based in a person’s history, some based in the here and now. For example, depression or anxiety, low self-esteem, persisten problems with anger, difficulties with relationships, marital or otherwise, sexual conflicts or obsessive-compulsive behavior interfere with a fulfilled life. In my thirty-eight years of practice I have found that as such issues are recognied and talked about in therapy, individuals experience life on a deeper, more satisfying level.
Psychoanalysis is a more intensive exploration of each person’s life, wishes and hopes. It is a treatment which entails a few sessions each week in order to explore and resolve the causes of any troubling issues a person may have. Understanding oneself and examining one’s life has deep roots in human experience. The result of psychoanalytic treatment is for an individual to feel more real and effective, to be able to love and to work and to be creatively engaged with the world. When we are able to accept the painful as well as the joyful experiences that life brings, we can achieve a depth that enriches us.
Respectful, informed listening, as well as mutual dialogue, are basic for any productive therapeutic experience. Therapy builds on personal honesty, on a willingness to talk about one’s conflicts, and involves a commitment of time and finances.