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.