Freud’s patient Anna O. describes her therapy with Freud as “a talking cure”. And, indeed, at the first glance it seems like talking and language(s) play main part in psychotherapy. Nevertheless silence and everything what happens between people are also meaningful and powerful factors in this special cure.
Often people ask me how psychotherapy works. I would say it’s about meeting, connecting and relating to an another human being. The reason is simple: psychotherapy is nothing else but when one psyche gets in touch and heals an another one. There is a first contact at the beginning. Connection may grow out of it. While connecting to each other over and over again you may feel bonded. This is the way to develop trust. And only in a trustful space which has to be created and built you can start exploring your ups and downs: feeling pain of injuries or happiness and joy, let this pain but also the joy and happiness be and let all them go … thinking and reflecting, making new connections and creating new ways to live …
Psychotherapy is a road. You may find yourself just in the middle of the scene out of Robert Frost’s “The road not taken”: Maybe right now, while reading these words, you are considering whether this road is something for you. Your psyche would need some time to take and walk the road of psychotherapy. Our first joint construction project will be to create a space of trust for you.
Many roads lead to Rome. And so many roads lead into psychotherapy. Together in the first interview we can find out which roads is most suitable for you right now:
In the psychoanalytical psychotherapy we sit and talk.
Usually but not necessarily this talk is centred on your current life situation and challenges you face. The relationships network as well as the therapeutic relationship itself are present and play an active part in our sessions. This is contrarily to an analysis, though also here – in a psychoanalytical therapy – the theory and the presence of an unconscious are the holding frame for our work (and human life in general (-:).
Setting: 1 to 2 sessions weekly, sitting
Duration: months till years
Life as a couple is complex. Sometimes it may become complicated.
Psychoanalytical psychotherapy for couples may help to re-connect and re-start the relationship. Partners and lovers reflect their roles, positions and emotional experiences. They talk about and speak out loud wishes and desires. It could help to loose continued and hardened relationship patterns. Here it is where it starts flowing and moving again…
Out of this new state of fluidity and flexibility few new roads may open for you. Maybe a deeper trust and knowledge of each other you get in therapy help you as a couple to bring a new vitality into your relationship … Maybe you will be able to say good bye in a touching and sensitive manner …
Setting: 1 session weekly or every second week, sitting
Duration: 10 to 20 sessions, prolongation possible if required
There are a lot of approaches in psychotherapy. 22 different therapeutic methods or schools are acknowledged in Austria. In case you would like to have some pre-taste of our work or general idea what it could be about and how does it work, continue reading. The other alternative could be: you pick your phone, call me to get the first appointment and find out what and how psychoanalysis has for you.
By discovering an unconscious Freud founded a new science – psychoanalysis. Of course a real and very vivid unconscious experiences existed since the dawn of mankind. Freud’s gift to us is the roads and finally an access to an unconscious gained by his careful observing and accurate systematization of knowledge.
The unconscious is present everywhere in our daily life: in our unintentional actions, thoughts, slips of the tongue, in myths, fairy tales and phantasies, last but not least in all the stories we tell about us and the world.
The unconscious has a deep influence on our life from the background. This influence is not always positive. The reasons (and solutions) for conflicts at work, in friendships and relationships, but also burdening emotional states such as fears, panic, continuing brooding or dissatisfaction can be often found in the unconscious. Unconscious processes may show themselves also through the body: for example you may feel exhausted for unknown reasons or suffer under blood pressure without clear somatic picture.
Once the unconscious power is recognized, acknowledged and freed out of shadow, its full potential is at your fullest disposal.
This is how you gain more fineness and profundity in perception and feeling, more creativity and inspiration for thinking and at the end this is what gives you freedom to live your life the way you want it …