Psychoanalytic treatment explores how unconscious factors affect current relationships and patterns of behavior, traces them back to their historical origins, shows how they have changed and developed over time, and helps the individual to deal better with the realities of adult life.
The psychoanalytic framework stresses the importance of understanding:
- that each individual is unique,
- that there are factors outside of a person’s awareness (unconscious thoughts, feelings and experiences) which influence his or her thoughts and actions,
- that the past shapes the present,
- that human beings are always engaged in the process of development throughout their lives.
Character analysis is a form of psychoanalysis where the analyst, instead of approaching the patients with prepared theories, follows the patient’s prevailing character traits down to their origins and helps these traits to become freed up and modified. Here, theory is generated after the analysis, not before.
Psychoanalysis can help patients identify, understand and resolve underlying issues so that they can improve their lives and relationships. The benefits include emotional growth and greater self awareness, deeper intimacy in love relationships and improved control over one’s life.
Our patients tell us that they have better interactions at home, at work and in social situations. They can make healthier choices and gain a greater sense of self respect.
IPS therapists have helped patients overcome numerous challenges, including
- Difficulties in establishing professional, personal, and love relationships
- Difficulties in establishing and maintaining a rewarding career
- Social anxiety
- Obsessions and compulsions
- Sexual dysfunction
- Low self-esteem
- Personality conflicts
- Creative blocks
- Psychosomatic conditions
- Developmental problems (children and adolescents)
The psychoanalyst is a person who has a graduate degree in the helping professions and post-graduate training in psychoanalysis. The psychoanalyst has undergone his or her own psychoanalysis, and has been in intensive supervision.
The analyst wants to hear what brings you to analysis, and listens without judgment. The sessions are not intrusive. You are free to express your innermost thoughts and feelings in a safe, protected and confidential environment. The analyst is there to help you understand what blocks you from having more joy and satisfaction in your life. Through this self-understanding, you are able to address difficult issues and lead a more fulfilling life.
The Psychotherapy Referral Service is the clinical branch of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies. We provide referrals at affordable rates to therapists in private practice. Referrals are made to affiliates and candidates of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies, all of whom are professionals with state licenses and/or certifications.
Call the Psychotherapy Referral Service at 201-457-0809 for a free referral to a psychoanalyst or psychoanalytic psychotherapist or email us here.
You will be asked a few brief questions, then we will refer you to one of our affiliated therapists in his or her private office.
Information given over the phone, via email, or in person, is strictly confidential.
Fees are based on a sliding scale and are agreed upon by the patient and the therapist.
Contact us for a confidential referral.