The most important predictor of a successful therapeutic experience is a positive, collaborative rapport with one's therapist. If you feel supported and safe, much progress can be made.
Individual, weekly, psychoanalytic psychotherapy focuses on understanding how our formative experiences influence our present day life. By examining unconscious or unresolved interpersonal conflicts and deeply held beliefs about oneself, a client can develop both new ways of relating to his or her feelings and a greater appreciation for his or her inherent strengths. For example, compulsive, addictive, or substance use/eating behaviors are seen as ways an individual is trying to cope with painful, frightening or angering feelings, and upsetting states of mind. Patterns in relationships may speak to both a longing to be loved and a worry about becoming too vulnerable. Depression may not just be an experience of feeling down, but rather a shutting down of activating feelings like rage... or hope, which can feel too scary to even entertain.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, share similar processes however, psychoanalysis is undertaken multiple times per week. It offers an intensive examination and reparation of core wounds, personality problems, troublesome thoughts and relational difficulties; all of which can undermine one's ability to create a fruitful life.
Couples in treatment can learn to communicate with each other in ways that foster or renew intimacy and resolve conflict, without losing sight of their own individuality. Teens and families can confront generational, behavioral and interpersonal challenges in healthier, supportive ways. Blended families or the family adjusting to divorce, can learn to cope honestly, bravely and empathically with confusion, pain and angry feelings.