Psychoanalytic therapy is one of the most well-known treatments available, but it is also one of the most misunderstood by mental health consumers. The goal of psychoanalytic therapy is to help clients better understand the unconscious forces that can play a role in current behaviours, thoughts, and emotions in our everyday life.
Issues such as anxiety, stress and depression respond well with this type of treatment.
The main object of Psychoanalysis is to search for early formed negative experiences (causes) by using a method called free association. It allows the client to experience the underline issue that is causing them undue stress or anxiety or any issue that is bothering them emotionally.
After this intense memory is realised, the client achieves resolve and a permanent relief of the symptom is felt. This can also be known as realisation.
‘There is no reason at all why anyone should have to put up with something that is inside of themselves but outside their control’.
Certain emotional experiences from our subconscious mind can be hidden from the clients consciousness but directly linked with behaviours such as a phobias, anxiety, depression, stress/tension or more physical symptoms.
By examining these past events and allowing the associated emotions to be realised, those patterns of behaviour, the symptoms, become unnecessary and therefore cease to be.
What are the benefits of this type of therapy?
As with any approach to mental health treatment, psychoanalytic therapy can have its pluses and minuses. The degree to which these potential benefits and pitfalls influence the choice to use this approach depends on a variety of factors including the individual’s preferences and severity of symptoms.
In the last few decades, there has been significant research endorsing this approach’s benefits. The therapist offers an empathetic and nonjudgmental environment where the client can feel safe in revealing feelings or actions that have led to stress and difficulties in his or her life. Often, simply sharing these burdens in the context of a therapeutic relationship can have a beneficial influence. Furthermore, it has been shown that this type of self-examination can lead to continued emotional growth over time.