How Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Is Carried Out

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a branch of psychotherapy which involves the analysis of the patient and their typical mental process. It aims to change the patient's thinking at a very deep level, allowing them to have a completely new relationship with themselves and others, and is most effective in situations where there has been a mental conflict within the patient or an uncertainty over their identity. With the right therapist and the right understanding, many conditions which have caused stress to the patient can be transformed into healthier mental states.

Psychoanalysis has the ability to make changes at a deeper level than most other forms of therapy, along with hypnosis which bypasses the critical faculty of the mind in a completely different way. With psychoanalysis, the patient is effectively their own therapist with the real therapist being just a guide. The therapist will coax them to bring out information about their life, and also feelings about how that information affects them. Sometimes, this will effect an emotional release which will in itself be therapeutic, and that can be a useful starting point. The key is to make the patient realize how they habitually think in certain situations, as this thinking may be obviously irrational once it surfaces.

This is one of many forms of psychotherapy which are carried out in a private one on one situation. The most important factor in the success or otherwise of the therapy is the relationship which exists between the patient and the practitioner, making it especially important not to do anything which could force that relationship to break down. This would especially include anything where information from within those private sessions was disclosed to anyone else. The therapy should be consistent, with roughly the same amount of time devoted to the sessions regularly. This builds up a response of confident expectation within the patient.

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The techniques of psychoanalytic psychotherapy are easily learned as part of a full psychotherapy course, which will take you to the position where you can become licensed and start to practice. These courses work ideally in the interactive situations afforded by college campus learning, which has been the traditional method of learning psychotherapy through the years. If you are able to devote at last to years to residential study, this will certainly give you the most rounded experience of any form of learning. You will be able to take part in many practical demonstrations, often with tutors as subjects.

This type of therapy is based around principles which can be taught remotely, even though you will need some interactive experiences at some stage. This means that online learning and online study are realistic ways of studying this material, even though they will need to be augmented with interactive practicing once the course is completed. Many people who were not able to study before due to the need to maintain existing commitments, are now able to do so. Make sure, though, that you are ready to devote a sizable part of your life and time to the project for at least two years.


While it may not be possible to practice psychoanalytic psychotherapy without a formal qualification, it is possible to learn about it and to prepare yourself for your future career. There are many websites which are produced by professionals working in the field, and if you think you have a sound enough understanding of the basic principles these can be of great use to you. If you are not yet at that stage, you can find accurate summaries of what is involved on many independent websites which touch on psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Author: Marc Knox






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