Psychoanalyst in Madrid
( Castellana – Salamanca. Close to US Embassy)
What is Psychoanalysis?
About Psychoanalysis according IPA
Psychoanalysis is both a theory of the human mind and a therapeutic practice. It was founded by Sigmund Freud between 1885 and 1939 and continues to be developed by psychoanalysts all over the world. Psychoanalysis has four major areas of application:
- as a theory of how the mind works
- as a treatment method for psychic problems
- as a method of research, and
- as a way of viewing cultural and social phenomena like literature, art, movies, performances, politics and groups.
- It is a treatment approach based on the observation that individuals are often unaware of many of the factors that determine their emotions and behaviour.
- These unconscious factors may be the source of considerable distress and unhappiness, sometimes in the form of recognizable symptoms and at other times as troubling personality traits, difficulties in work and/or in love relationships, or disturbances in mood and self-esteem.
- Psychoanalysis, as a treatment method, is based on concepts concerning unconscious mental processes originally formulated by Dr, Freud and then further developed by many experienced psychoanalysts.
- Psychoanalytic treatment can reveal how these unconscious factors affect current relationships and patterns of behaviour, and help the individual to deal better with the realities of adult life.
- In the course of intensive psychoanalytic treatment, the nature of the relationship which develops between patient and analyst will have significant features deriving from the “internal world” of the analysand and become available for experience and exploration by the analysand and analyst together
How is the treatment based on Psychoanalysis?
- It’s a talking therapy. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy draws on theories and practices of Psychoanalysis.
- It is a therapeutic process which helps patients understand and resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present.
- It differs from most other therapies in aiming for deep seated change in personality and emotional development.
How are Psychoanalysis´s sessions?
- Individual, face to face sessions
- This involves scheduling regular “sessions” of 45 or 50 minutes every week or more
- Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy involves in general fewer sessions per week.
- Some patients start with one session a week, come to feel the need for more frequent sessions