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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy (also known as psychodynamic psychotherapy) is a traditional talk therapy based on the works of psychoanalysis' founder Sigmund Freud. In recent times, the form of therapy has changed considerably and is today a good evidence-based treatment for a number of different psychological difficulties. 

 

The word "Psychodynamic" can be divided into two: "Psycho" can be translated as "the mind", and dynamic implies that one is interested in understanding movement in the mind. In other words, in this form of therapy, one is focused on exploring and understanding the psychological movements that take place within you. This takes the form of a collaboration with regular sessions 1-3 sessions per week. In some cases, the therapy will be time-limited with a set end-date and for others it may be more appropriate to start an "open ended" therapy without any pre-planned ending.
 

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is not focused on removing symptoms of anxiety or depression. These symptoms are however seen as a way that your psyche is expressing itself, and just like fever, they can be viewed as a very unspecific parameter that may be the result of various underlying issues. In psychoanalytic psychotherapy we want to provide a space for you to explore these underlying (and often unknown) sides of your inner life.

 

The collaboration is about discovering, understanding and processing emotions, fantasies and experiences from past and present relationships in life as well as becoming aware of how these patterns may have served a protective purpose in your early years. Often these patterns may have been protective and appropriate in your past but today they get in the way of living the life you want. As one's interaction pattern also emerges in the relationship between patient and therapist, one can discover and clarify this and process it together in therapy.

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In other words, we are concerned with establishing a safe space with you, where we can explore your history, personality, your relationships and the relationship between this and your symptoms and ailments today. The form of therapy is open and exploratory.

You do not need to have a specific diagnosis or serious mental illness to receive therapy with us, but at the same time it is important to recognize that you have personal challenges that you want to understand more about and explore.

Duration

​It is very individual how long one needs in therapy to feel better. It strongly depends on what desire and need you as a person have for help. A common estimate for short-term therapy is from 6-20 hours. Others need more long-term therapy that extends over years. It is a good alternative if you want to gain more insight into yourself, explore your own development history, attachment style, emotional contact and personality. Through this process, one can become more aware of how these parts can also be related to the symptoms one often receives treatment for (such as depression, social phobia, panic disorder, sleep difficulties, relational difficulties).

Frequency

In the initial phase of a therapy, it is recommended to have at least one or two sessions per week. As the therapy progresses it is recommended to stay at once or twice weekly. If your problems were not particularly severe in the first place, it may be appropriate to reduce the session rate to one session every other week.

The conversation hours

The conversation hours last 45, 60 or 75 minutes. Seeprices and Terms

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