psychodynamic therapy

Freud, Adapted

As one of the world’s foremost training and clinical settings for psychodynamic therapy, we are believers in the power of Freudian analysis. Not the old-school, sex-obsessed incarnation that saw decadent symbols around every turn, but a more modern and nuanced version that incorporates ideas about the unconscious with a more measured politics. An ongoing battle has been pitched in journals and in the press about the relative value of psychodynamic therapy versus cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT has marshalled to its side some data that shows it can be effective for redirecting personal behavior and thought patterns, vectoring patients away from their most miserable states. Psychodynamic therapy tends to be slower, deeper and harder to quantify – but has in its corner a century of case studies demonstrating its effectiveness for a wide variety of emotional maladies.

This recent article takes a look at both sides, ultimately uncovering a little-discussed area of overlap and reconciliation:

But cognitive behaviorists who see patients on an ongoing basis, Walsh contends, draw on Freud. Some of today’s buzziest mental health topics, such as attachment theory and post-traumatic stress, are, in many ways, refurbished versions of what lay at the core of Freudian theory.

“Same concepts, new language,” Walsh said.

It is a wise perspective, and one that highlights the simple fact that anyone whose work involves listening to other human beings will eventually begin to focus on the deepest issues in each patient’s life.

Want to begin your own course of psychotherapy with a trained specialist who can help surface some of the issues that hold you back? Contact PPSC today.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Huffington Post

It’s not often that the mainstream media takes a moment to pause and define psychoanalytic therapy for the masses. Although this form of therapy has been considered the gold standard in for more than 100 years, these days analytic therapy is often drowned out by glitzy headlines touting the latest discoveries in neurobiology. Yet talk therapy remains a timeless asset for many people, one unlikely to be replaced by chemical regimens anytime in the near future. This recent piece explains the practice and benefits of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, beginning with a wonderfully succinct definition up front:

Your unconscious thoughts and feelings affect what you do without your even knowing it. When you're unaware that it's happening, you can feel and do things and not know why. This can lead to anxiety, depression, difficulties with relationships, and problems with self-esteem -- all caused by things going on in your unconscious mind. Bringing them into awareness can help you to understand them, rather than be controlled by them. This is what psychodynamic psychotherapy is all about.

The full article is a very clean and lucid piece of writing that should help anyone interested in learning more about analytic therapy.

If you’d like to find a New York therapist trained in psychodynamic techniques, please contact the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center today.