"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

— Aristotle

Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy are forms of mental health treatment based on the theory that individuals are sometimes unaware of the reasons for their feelings, thoughts and actions.  The lack of recognition of these underlying factors, referred to as the “unconscious”, can lead to unhappiness and result in troubling feelings and thoughts, difficulty with relationships, poor work performance, or physical symptoms.

Through a close working partnership between the patient and the therapist, the psychoanalyst or analytically trained therapist helps the patient discover how these unconscious factors affect current relationships and patterns of behavior.  As the patient experiences their unique feelings in the therapy, the therapist helps the patient trace them back to their historical origins, shows how they have changed and developed over time, and helps the individual to deal better with the realities of their current life.  Over time, the patient’s self-esteem, relationships, behavior, and life can improve in deep and lasting ways.