Do you find yourself engaging in behaviors, thoughts or relating to others in ways that seem counterintuitive or self-defeating? Do you repeat the same patterns hoping for different results but keep ending up in the same place? Do you want to lose weight but can’t seem to control your eating habits? Are you lonely and crave social interaction but keep engaging in behaviors that alienate people? Are you looking for that healthy relationship but keep ending up in abusive ones?
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a treatment modality that works to help clients explore and understand the unconscious forces that may be driving unwanted behaviors or thought patterns. The therapist provides a safe, non-judgmental space for the client to examine problematic patterns of thinking, feeling, behaving and relating that keep the client from living the life they want to be living. Together the client and therapist endeavor to understand and gain insight into how past experiences and relationships, may have helped to shape a client’s current outlook and way of interacting with the world and how that insight can be used to make meaningful change in the client’s present life.
Here are some helpful links that explore these concepts further: