What is Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?
Psychoanalytic therapy has at its core the following processes:
1. A focus on affect and expression of emotion.
2. Explorations of attempts why we avoid distressing thoughts and feelings.
3. Identification of recurring themes and patterns in our thoughts, feelings, relationships and life experiences.
4. Discussion of past experiences, and so there is a developmental focus.
5. A focus on interpersonal relationships
6. A focus on the therapeutic relationship as it is a microcosm of how the patient engages with the outside world.
7. An exploration of fantasy life.
The goals of psychoanalytic psychotherapy extend beyond symptom alleviation. Successful treatment must also foster the positive presence of psychological resources and capacities.