At this point, even if you know a lot about psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, you may not know what you want or need in the way of treatment. That’s okay–we want to help you sort this out and come up with a treatment that is appropriate for you. One of us will meet with you for as many sessions as it takes to figure this out. To learn more about what we have to offer, please read about psychotherapy and psychoanalysis below and then contact one of us or, if budget is a consideration and you need an individualized fee, read about and fill out the downloadable application for treatment and we will contact you.
What is psychotherapy and how can it help?
If you are reading this, you may be hurting or struggling, unable to find your way forward in life. You may also be uncertain about who to turn to, because there are many people who call themselves counselors or psychotherapists. What sets us apart is an intensive training that gives us a deep understanding of how the mind really works, not only in illness but also in health.
Indeed, the human mind is capable of astonishing achievement. We enjoy this achievement every day in the music we listen to, the art and architecture that surround us, the technologies that bring us into proximity with one another, and the political compacts that keep the peace within and between our nations. And when our own mind works right, we can enjoy immense creativity, both personally and professionally, in meaningful, loving relationships and in productive, exciting work endeavors.
What is psychoanalysis and when is it helpful?
Psychoanalysis was the first psychotherapy and today remains the gold standard of treatment for many psychiatric and neurotic disorders. Developed by Sigmund Freud over a hundred years ago, psychoanalysis involves frequent sessions–often four to five times per week–in which the patient, or analysand, lies on the couch and the analyst sits behind the analysand or just out of the analysand’s view. Because of the frequency of sessions, the analysand can explore in depth feelings and issues that otherwise might be overwhelming or too threatening to examine in once or twice weekly psychotherapy. Because the patient is recumbent and freer to focus on his or her own thoughts and feelings than on the listener’s responses, material that might not come to awareness in face-to-face psychotherapy can become an integral part of the psychoanalytic process. It is not surprising that patients often describe their experience of psychoanalysis as both emotionally challenging and profoundly supportive.
Who should I see?
Atlanta Psychoanalysis maintains a listing of clinicians available to see new patients.