Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

Recently I came across a short article that clearly articulates some of the main differences between psychotherapeutic approaches that I offer. The article from Psychology Today, The Difference Between Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, addresses basic difference between the two approaches and in the process gives a good, albeit broad, summary of both.

I’d like to include a link below to the article so that prospective clients can get more information about the different approaches I offer.  I would add one approach that the article omits: psychoanalytic psychotherapy.  In this approach, as in psychoanalysis, the client and I pay attention to the unconscious, those forces, motivations and conflicts, although hidden and mysterious, that contribute to what distresses the client.  Psychoanalysis provides such a focus in a more expansive way given the frequently of sessions per week.

In all the work I do, my focus is not solely on the alleviation of symptoms.  Of course, someone feeling pervasive anxiety, sometimes crippling depression or an overwhelming sense of ennui desires to feel better. I have found that rather than applying band aides to the situation, we strive to discover the underlying causes of these symptoms and distress.  From that perspective, we are better able to understand what changes and solutions are need for lasting change.  We are also better able to understand the obstacles to that change.

I would be glad to discuss with anyone the different approaches that I offer and what might make sense for the issues that one wants to address. The Psychology Today article can be accessed by clicking here.

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