Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a clinical therapy method which is founded on psychoanalytic theory and frame. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy utilizes psychoanalytical theories whilst understanding, interpreting and formulating the experiences in the therapeutic process. It helps the patient/client understand the conflicts underlying the apparent distress, in order to help them gain a deeper understanding of their experiences. Generally, by investigating unconscious feelings and thoughts, and making sense of the transference and countertransference relationship between the patient/client and the therapist, psychoanalytic psychotherapists aim to resolve inner conflicts of the patient/client and reorganize their defense systems by making them more flexible. The frequency of therapy sessions can range from twice a week to up to four times a week, depending on the need.

During psychoanalytic psychotherapy, in order to resolve the patient/client’s daily conflicts,
psychological bonds are formed between the past and the present through paying attention to past experiences and unconscious materials (dreams, fantasies, etc.).

Who is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist?

A psychoanalytic psychotherapist is a psychologist, psychological counsellor, or a psychiatrist who has undergone psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis, and who has completed their theoretical training and supervisions in the fields in accordance with the duration and criteria determined by the institution their works are accredited by, and who applies psychoanalytic psychotherapy to patients/clients, at least twice a week.