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COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

DrSeemingly weird and bizarre symptoms communicate a painful story- they are often based on traumatic experiences and subconscious conflicts. A majority of therapies usually tell people to control their mind, think positively, behave differently, challenge their thoughts and run away from what disturbs them.

Although these tactics offer some relief, it is usually short and limited. This happens because what seems irrational is an important part of us which cannot be suppressed but is waiting to be heard, acknowledged and understood. If we continue to be alienated from it we continue to suffer.

The psychoanalytical approach does not try to dismiss this inner reality but allows it to unfold in a safe atmosphere. This unfolding is healing and liberating as the individual develops a capacity to tolerate their pain, understand its sources and develop stronger defenses. This enables a transcendence of the negative. The psychoanalytical approach to counseling and psychotherapy aims to understand and heal the symptoms, dysfunctional personality patterns and subconscious conflicts in a unique relationship between the client and the therapist.

The psychoanalytical relationship is unlike all other relationships. The client has the space to express whatever comes to their mind including all kinds of positive and negative thoughts and feelings towards the therapist. The psychotherapist tries to understand and reflect back the communication of the client and their own feelings which are stirred up. Whatever the client brings up is never dismissed. Through this process, the client gains a deep self-knowledge and insight into their relational patterns. The self-knowledge and insight into the subconscious offers a new beginning to the self.

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