“It is a joy to be hidden and a disaster not to be found”
D.W.Winnicott- paediatrician and psychoanalist
In psychoanalytic therapy the client is encouraged to explore, beyond the immediate logic, the motivations for the difficulties encountered, the understanding of the behaviors and the defense mechanisms, and the understanding of one’s own way of dealing with emotions.
Through a free and nonjudgemental approach, the client is accompanied to reflect on his own experiences and relationships in finding the meanings of present situations. The psychoanalytic process involves the understanding of feelings and thoughts about childhood, years of formation and past relationships, conscious and unconscious emotions which play an important role today and participate directly in current difficulties.
In a safe, confidential and supportive environment, the client develops his unique experience and can receive reflections and possible interpretations in an interaction that offers deep emotional understanding and personal growth.
Choosing psychotherapy to clarify and resolve aspects of personal life means first of all a proof of courage, rewarded by important, positive changes in the client’s life.
Recourse to psychotherapy is a necessity for physical and mental health. Persistent negative aspects affect the two components of health and, in different proportions, all the roles of personal life: the professional role, the role of partner in the couple, the role of parent and the social role.
In the therapeutic approach, each client is seen in its entirety and specificity. The methodology is built on personal needs and circumstances.
“Man cannot make wise choices in life if he does not dare to listen to himself, in every moment of his existence.” Abraham Maslow
Life problems which repeat themselves, being unclear on personal status or the way forward, difficulties in making decisions, barriers that seem impossible to remove and a state of persistent unhappiness lead to the deterioration of relationships in which we are involved and decreased personal productivity. In the long run, the future seems to be hopelessly closed.
Suffering can take various forms. Either by ourself or with our close ones we try to name it, to identify symptoms, to formulate theories or to make diagnoses. We do everything we can to alleviate the pain and discomfort.
In a specialized, professional, safe and confidential environment, psychotherapy offers the understanding, support and opportunity to reconsider personal choices.
RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS – Relationships with others involve a multitude of aspects: communication, knowing one’s own desires and setting boundaries, loss and separation, rejection and abuse. Psychotherapy clarifies and accompanies in overcoming difficulties, in gaining confidence, and in functioning in healthy and meaningful relationships. Any kind of relationship (as a couple, with parents and siblings, with colleagues and friends, with the manager or an own child) can induce challenges in personal life and overcoming them involves a lot of trouble.
DIFFICULTIES IN JOB – In the construction of the professional role there can be moments of intense dissatisfaction, stress, frustration, aggression generated by competition, needs of belonging, power and influence. The search for meaning, the analysis of options, the increase of self-confidence, the understanding of personal choices and decisions are objectives of work in psychotherapy.
TREATMENT OF SYMPTOMS – Depression, panic attack, anxiety, phobias, disorders of a sexual dynamic, etc. As a result of unconscious conflict, the symptom is the psyche’s way of responding to crisis situations. Psychotherapy clarifies conflicts, confusions, facilitates the reduction and disappearance of symptoms.
DEPENDENCIES – Difficult times can lead to destructive choices on a personal level and in the relationship with others. Whatever addictions (food, alcohol, substances, video chat, games, work, sex, etc.) can be addressed in the therapeutic setting.
Caring for oneself means allocating time and attention in the objective exploration of personal meanings and significances, looking for solutions and answers to one’s own questions, understanding the lived states and feelings.
Paradoxically, it seems easier to hide or ignore the negative state, believing that it will resolve on its own, possibly with the support of friends or blaming anyone or everyone for what happens in their personal life. But energy consumption is huge and always leads to great frustration and fatigue, in extreme cases to illness.
“ Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.” M.Casey