It sounds funny to say, but one of the few places these days for private thoughts is in the shower. Otherwise, we’re busy sorting out, looking after, getting answers, and moving on. It’s so easy to forget that thinking over can be productive and pleasurable also.
These days, I seem to work with people who feel overly anxious… often a result of our increasingly complex modern life, or too much machine time and not enough time devoted to people who are likely to respond with their undivided attention. For many people, problematic relationships and personal aspirations are challenging, but people seek therapy for every kind of reason.
I like to work with people who can be curious about whether talking with another person can really make a difference … how life might be changed by a slight tilt of your current lens to reveal a new view. In plain words, I think of psychotherapy as a cooperative effort between two people, one who comes in pain and is suffering and one who is trained to help discover the source of your distress.
In my experience, psychoanalysis is the preferred treatment for certain complaints that refuse to respond to your will. I think of analysis as a process of exploring the deepest layers of the mind where unspoken emotions linger, separated from and unavailable to the conscious thinking mind. A collaborative analysis of fantasies, dreams, conflicts, and feelings is a fascinating and transformative journey into self-awareness.