In psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, patients work toward resolving their struggles and improving their relationships and work lives. By exploring underlying conflicts and ways of relating that are at the root of their problems, patients gain insight and change becomes possible.
The therapist is an involved partner, helping to foster a safe, supportive environment and enabling authentic, open self-exploration. The relationship that forms between them is used as a means of understanding habitual ways of behaving and relating. Over time, patients learn to cope with difficult feelings and develop new ways of thinking.
The frequency of sessions is decided upon jointly by patient and therapist. Some patients begin treatment at once a week (psychotherapy), other patients prefer to work more intensely, two to three times per week, on specific problems, long standing difficulties in relationships and/or on specific personality traits (psychoanalytic psychotherapy). Other patients choose to work at a frequency of three to five times per week, with the goal of closely investigating the interaction of one’s behavior with both conscious and unconscious elements of the mind (psychoanalysis). Psychoanalysis allows for a deeper understanding of how everyday thoughts, feelings and interactions are heavily influenced by early childhood experiences. Once treatment is started, patients can discuss their needs and circumstances with their therapist and determine what frequency works best.
The IPTAR Clinical Center provides services and guidance to parents seeking help for their children and adolescents. Our clinicians are mental health professionals specializing in play therapy, working with parents and adolescent psychotherapy. Behavioral problems, learning issues, anxiety and depression are among the reasons treatment may be sought, as well as toilet training concerns, eating and sleep difficulties in younger children. Depending on the needs of each child, we also work with families and consult with teachers and other significant people in the child’s life.