our approach to psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis offers a unique opportunity to explore, in an intensive way, the personality as well as the underlying behavioral patterns. Psychoanalysis is above all a deep-rooted transformation process.

Psychoanalysis is a process whereby patients are invited to learn about themselves and to get to know themselves better: their chances and challenges; their relationships; their internal world of representations and their interaction models.

The essence of psychoanalysis is the relationship between the patient and the analyst. Both parties work together in order to examine the underlying recurring behavioral patterns as well as the suffering caused by enduring conflicts which prevent patients to develop their vitality and individuation process.

Psychoanalysis or analytical psychotherapy could be recommended to persons suffering from various illnesses, symptoms and problems such as: anxiety, depression, sexual trauma, a sense of emptiness, pivotal moments throughout the life course, the awareness of getting older. Psychoanalysis is often required or desirable for people working in the helping professions as an ongoing search for profound self-knowledge is essential.

The psychoanalytical process follows its own rhythm and course and its duration is therefore hard to predict. The frequency of the sessions varies from one to three times a week. Every session lasts for 45 minutes. It is advisable that in the initial interview the patient and the therapist explore whether analysis/analytical psychotherapy would be the most suitable treatment for that patient at that time.

Our analysts hold university degrees in medicine, psychiatry and/or psychology. Our training program includes a personal analysis, supervised clinical casework and a theoretical curriculum. The classical Freudian and Jungian works are systematically studied. Our clinical work is also inspired and nourished by the Object-Relations paradigm of Klein, Bion, Winnicott and contemporary intersubjectivists.