The unconscious fulfils the function of giving orientation to our thinking and actions and manoeuvring us safely through everyday life. If these manoeuvres are determined by painful injuries from the past it is difficult for us to come to terms with them. Psychoanalysis supports the process of leaving the past behind and starting something new. However, this process cannot be set in motion simply through rational insights. In the opinion of the renowned brain researcher Gerhard Roth, only those thoughts that are associated with strong emotions have a healing effect. Such connections between thoughts and strong, unconsciously formed feelings can only be achieved through repetition. Pacifying the unconscious therefore takes time.
I work with three forms of treatment, all of which are based on psychoanalysis and focus on unconscious interrelationships:
- Analytical psychotherapy (psychoanalysis)
Classical psychoanalysis looks at a person’s whole personality along with its history and underlying problems of relationships and self-esteem. It provides the patient with a secure framework for him to communicate to the therapist the experiences of the relationships that frighten and hurt him and to analyze them together with him. This enables these experiences to be subsequently understood and processed.
Setting: 3-4 sessions per week over several years; lying position on couch
- Depth-psychologically based psychotherapy
This psychoanalytical technique focuses on conflicts and crises that arise in the patient’s current life situation. Here too, the therapist and patient search together for the unconscious interrelationships of the current problem. However, they concentrate on the central aspects of the problem without analyzing the whole personality.
Setting: 1-2 sessions per week over 1-1½ years; seated position
- Psychoanalytically oriented focal therapy
This is a psychoanalytical brief therapy which focuses on the current problem. It can only be used if this problem is caused by a conflict that can be isolated.
Setting: 1 session per week over ½ year; seated position
If you are interested I will clarify your complaints and their possible connections together with you in one or more preliminary discussions. With this information and my experience we will select a form of therapy for you that fits in best with your schedule.
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