Psychoanalytic psychotherapy emphasizes the existence and significance of the effects of the unconscious mind.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a powerful, highly effective treatment approach for many people struggling with difficult emotions. In the words of Freud, “Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” This form of therapy can help unearth and process unconscious emotions, paving the way for psychological growth.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy starts with the acknowledgement that unconscious factors can support an individual’s tendency to remain emotionally stuck. The treatment addresses these unconscious dynamics in an effort to loosen their grip on an individual’s psyche. A key part of this is by allowing the person to speak in a free way without setting tasks or goals and through the analysis of dreams.
For people who haven’t been successful in other types of psychotherapies, analysis may be a treatment approach worth considering.