CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOANALYSIS

The methods of contemporary psychoanalysis can benefit the entire range of people including adults, adolescents, children, families, and couples. Though derived from the discoveries of Sigmund Freud more than a century ago, contemporary psychoanalysis is based on scientific research in child development and neurobiology. Far from the stereotype of a bearded professor listening in neutral silence while the patient lies on a couch, contemporary psychoanalysis is an interactive conversation in which therapist and client collaborate together in understanding the psychological patterns which are causing the problems. In my view, it is the ‘state-of-the-art’ platform for conducting psychotherapy.

An analyst trained in contemporary psychoanalysis focuses on helping the client understand how past experiences – – the attachments, separations, and losses which have occurred in early life — determine current-day contexts of living, working, and loving. Focus on the individual’s experiences in the here-and-now of the psychotherapeutic relationship facilitates the development of new awareness and insight and begins to transform even long-standing and intractable patterns of painful experience. This educational background provides psychologist with a great expansion from past understandings making psychoanalytic psychotherapy a far more relational experience.