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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Resilience Psychological Services


Resilience Psychological Services

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

SERVICE SPECIALTY


Patients frequently enter psychotherapy wishing to change or remove a behavior or personality characteristic in some way. While behavioral interventions might offer you a step-by-step process to do so, some find that they are unable to make changes last. One treatment modality used by our therapists, where appropriate, is psychoanalytic psychotherapy. This particular form of practicing therapy borrows from psychoanalytic theories and emphasizes the importance of deepening self-knowledge to better understand the inner conflicts and emotions that we may be experiencing in a given situation. In other words, it can help you get to the underlying root of the problems you’ve been having, to understand why they’re there in the first place and how they’ve actually been helping you to survive all along. Without this conscious understanding, attempts to alter these behaviors or parts may not result in lasting change. 
 

HOW WE CAN HELP

 

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a powerful practice. It considers significant aspects of our past and our present, together with our unfolding experience in therapy, to uncover insights about how you make sense of, and respond to, your world. It often involves exploring your unconscious thoughts, illuminating defense mechanisms that may be clouding your self-knowledge, and attending to aspects of the relationship between you and your therapist, which can teach us things about the way you tend to relate to others and to yourself. Our therapists at Resilience incorporate up-to-date research on attachment, infant development, and intersubjectivity as well. While the practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy may seem like a lot of work, it holds the promise of a more authentic, whole, and expressive sense of self. 

In therapy, we’ll discuss what you feel, think, and believe about your life, and how your early life experiences may have contributed to these feelings, thoughts, and beliefs. We’ll ground our discussions in some of the specific challenges you’re facing today, even as we allow the past to shed light on the present. Each of us typically creates specific, often subtle defense mechanisms or avoidance patterns to cope with feelings or thoughts that feel distressing. In therapy, we can safely explore what that might look like in your own experience of the world. A grounding belief in psychoanalytic psychotherapy is that, by expressing and processing the thoughts and feelings that might have previously felt difficult or unsafe to articulate, you’ll begin to feel relief and you’ll be more able to reduce the behaviors that were established as defense or coping mechanisms. It is these same, or related, behaviors which you may find have been particularly resistant to change with other modes of therapy. If this approach sounds intriguing to you, please contact us for a free consultation. 
 

 

Common Experiences:


 

•  Anxiety
•  Depression
•  Impulsivity
•  Inhibition
•  Difficulty modifying behaviors
 

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