When we hear the word ‘psychoanalysis’, what thoughts spring to mind? Freud? Childhood? Delving into our deepest thoughts and feelings?
Of course, there’s a lot more to psychoanalysis than that. While psychoanalysis was one of the earliest forms of therapy, do we know what it’s all about?
Psychoanalysis is based on the work of Sigmund Freud, who believed that the unacceptable thoughts of early childhood are banished to the unconscious mind but continue to influence thoughts, emotions and behaviour.
It can be defined as a technical procedure for investigating unconscious mental processes and for treating psychoneuroses.
“Repressed” feelings can surface later as conflicts, depression, etc. or through dreams or creative activities. The analyst seeks to interpret and make acceptable to the client’s conscious mind troublesome feelings and relationships from the past.
“Transference” onto the analyst, of feelings about figures in the client’s life, is encouraged. This type of therapy can be a lengthy and intensive process.
MyMind psychotherapist and psychoanalyst Mark Twomey practises the psychoanalytic approach. According to Mark, “Psychoanalysis helps the client to develop insight and self-awareness, integrating those past events that may have been traumatic or unspeakable into a coherent narrative.”
Psychoanalysis is often used for the treatment of:
Character problems (e.g. painful shyness, hyperemotionality)
The MyMind therapists who practice Psychoanalysis are:
- Mark Twomey
- John O’Donoghue
- Christine Gormley
- Nadezhda Chekurova-Almqvist
- Caroline Sheridan
- Raphael Montague
- Ann-Marie Clancy
- Lisa Andersen
- Alison Murray
To find out more about this approach or another therapeutic approach that might be right for you, the profiles of our therapists are available here.
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