Northwest Behavioral Medicine offers psychoanalytic treatment which is a specialized type of therapy helpful in treating many mood, anxiety, and personality disorders. Psychoanalyis can only be done by therapists with many years of special training. Those individuals who wish to use this type of therapy to change the way they feel and act usually must make a  higher commitment level of time and mental energy than those in other types of therapy. The rewards however can be powerful and life changing .

What is Psychoanalysis?

As a therapy, psychoanalysis is based on the observation that individuals are often unaware of many of the factors that determine their emotions and behavior. These unconscious factors may create unhappiness, sometimes in the form of recognizable symptoms and at other times as troubling personality traits, difficulties in work or in love relationships or disturbances in mood and self-esteem. Because these forces are unconscious, the advice of Friends and family, the reading of self-help books, or even the most determined efforts or will, often fail to provide relief. Psychoanalytic treatment demonstrates how these unconscious factors affect current relationships and patterns of behavior, traces them back to their historical origins, shows how they have changed and developed over time, and helps the individual to deal better with the realities of adult life.

Child and adolescent psychoanalysis, both offshoots of adult psychoanalysis, share with it a common theoretical framework for understanding psychological life, while also using additional techniques and measures to deal with the special capacities and vulnerabilities of children. For instance, the young patient is helping to reveal his or her inner feelings and worries not only through words, but also through drawings and fantasy play. In the treatment of all but late adolescents, parents are usually consulted to round out the picture of the child’s life, The goal of child and adolescent analysis is the removal of symptoms and of the psychological roadblocks that interfere with normal development.