Psychoanalysis is a more intensive form of psychoanalytic psychotherapy that aims to uncover and resolve the underlying sources of your present difficulties by re-experiencing them with the analyst in the safety of the analytic setting. Psychoanalysis facilitates the examination of unconscious influences (e.g., how factors unbeknownst to you may influence the ways that you are thinking, feeling, and acting), past relationships, and areas of conflict that underlie present difficulties. For example, as children, many individuals developed beliefs and coping strategies that enabled them to successfully adapt to their family system, but now cause distress.

The value of psychoanalysis lies in the long-term relationship with an analyst who accepts you as you are, works to understand you and your life, and helps you resolve your current struggles, paving the way for the emotional freedom necessary to make substantive and lasting changes in many areas. It is characterized by frequent visits (4-5 times per week) and use of the couch.
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