Psychoanalytic theories work to explain people’s deepest experiences. They facilitate profound change. The focus is upon your whole person, not just one aspect of you.
If your concerns are longstanding or affect many parts of your life, then psychoanalysis can be especially appropriate. People who thrive on understanding themselves and others are also great candidates for psychoanalytic therapy. Here are some situations that are well-suited for psychoanalysis:
"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom"
"Some beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost." — Erol Ozan
What is psychoanalysis?
The earliest seeds of psychoanalytic thought have grown into a profuse garden of theories. Traditionally, the analyst was an authority and a knower of truth. Current analytic theories combine the richness of the past with advances in infant research, neurobiology, culture, complexity theory and philosophy. This energetic mix of contemporary ideas reaches far beyond the field’s earliest concepts. My work is based on these contemporary, collaborative concepts.
If we work together psychoanalytically, our interactions will evolve as we learn what fits you best. There are many ways that change can happen; we will shape our efforts to your personality. Most likely we will explore the patterns of your experience. How do you connect with others, and how do you disconnect?
Where do you tend to focus your attention? What stays unnoticed? What meanings have developed through your experiences? Most of all, how can we reduce your difficulties, pain and trauma so that your strengths can shine?
In time we will develop narratives that clarify the patterns of your experience. These increasingly coherent statements help you to move more freely through the context of your life. In addition, the collaborative relationship itself can become an effective source for change in your other relationships.
It is rare for two people to focus for an extended period on the well-being of just one of them. This opportunity to reflect together often generates surprises and deep insights. Such moments of profound knowing bring a renewed sense of possibility. Desired changes can finally take shape in your life.
"Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home."
— Matsuo Basho
"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves."
— Henry David Thoreau
How is psychoanalysis different from other psychotherapy?
In psychoanalysis we seek more than the skills for bandaging wounds. We want you to have the resilience that helps you thrive.
How does psychoanalysis work?
"The past is never dead. It’s not even past." — William Faulkner
Do I have to do psychoanalysis to work with you?
Of course not. We will work in a way that suits you and your concerns.