About Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

The therapy I provide takes two forms: psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. But you may be wondering, what is the difference between the two?

Whilst both forms of treatment are informed by the same theoretical approach, there is a difference between the two in terms of intensity, frequency and often modality. Namely, psychotherapy takes place once or twice per week and involves the patient and the therapist sitting across from one another, face-to face, whereas psychoanalysis takes place at a frequency of three to five times per week, and often involves the patient lying down on a couch, facing away from the psychoanalyst.

Both forms of treatment are rooted in the Freudian and post-Freudian theories of psychoanalysis, and both seek to address the problems and challenges that patients may be facing in their lives.

However, psychoanalysis is a deeper, more involved form of treatment that seeks not only to address symptoms, but also their root causes and particularly facets of the patient’s character that may be related to some of the difficulties they are experiencing in their lives.

Psychoanalysis aims to provide deep, far-reaching changes that provide durable, life-long relief from neurotic misery and the ability to autonomously obtain fulfillment from love and work.

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