WHAT IS IT?
Once called the “talking cure”, psychoanalysis in many ways, has remained just that. The act of talking, putting words to your feelings, and making sense of past and current experiences in a way that has never been done before often leads to a tremendous amount of relief and opens new avenues in which to view and discover yourself and the aspirations you have for your life. Of equal importance to the process of change is the relationship we develop together. The relationship is crucial to the process of change because more often than not you realize things about yourself in relation to another person. I see therapy as a collaborative journey that has its ups and downs but which ultimately reaches new heights due to the commitment of both people in the process.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Symptoms such as depression, anxiety, phobias, obsessions, and compulsions to name just a few, often arise when we block or try to run away from feelings, thoughts, and aspects of ourselves that seem too overwhelming to manage or simply might not be acceptable to have based on your conditioning growing up. As you talk, puts words to your feelings, and make sense of your life in a different and more open way, the symptoms will no longer need to be the vehicle you use to express what you may be consciously or unconsciously trying to avoid. As a result, some of the stress and dysfunction you experience will eventually lessen or disappear over time.
The mind and body are always connected and when we are out of sync, our mind and body will speak to us in a way that will get our attention. We are biologically programmed so that which we "forget" to express will always find another route to make itself known. It's an evolutionary gift that keeps us from going further down a painful path and wakes us up to new pathways for healing and growth. Often those who come for help are experiencing a range of symptoms containing important messages: anxiety, depression, phobias, PTSD symptoms, addiction, eating disorders, chronic pain, sleep difficulties, relationship problems are just some vehicles. Diagnoses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia which tend to be treated medically are also there to be explored and understood on a deeper level.