What is psychoanalytical psychotherapy?

Psychoanalytical psychotherapy is based on psychoanalytic theory and practice. The psychotherapeutic process means working with one’s self-image, with emotions and experiences of important relationships and aims at increasing awareness of oneself. Psychotherapy implies dealing with difficult experiences from the past and in the present. Psychoanalytical psychotherapy is based on the premise that the human psyche consists of an unconscious area, which affects our emotions and behaviour.

The psychotherapeutic process does not follow a given pattern. Instead the intention is to create a free yet safe environment for the client to be as open and honest as possible. Psychotherapy aims at developing emotional awareness and the ability to deal with conflicts. Through the increased capacity for self-observation and awareness of one’s needs and motives, obtained within psychotherapy, the client’s ability to affect and understand his or her own life can improve. Psychotherapy can be illustrated as a cooperative relationship between two people – the patient and the therapist. Within this interactive frame they seek reasons for and understanding of the patient’s problems. Both parties are thus involved in the process, although the main focus lies on the patient.

Psychotherapy consists typically of 2-3 weekly sessions, 45 minutes each. Kela (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland) can grant reimbursement for a maximum of 200 sessions for a 3-year period.

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