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What is psychoanalytic and integrative psychotherapy?

A psychoanalytic and integrative psychotherapist believes in the uniqueness of each person and works with each client’s individual needs. They believe it is very important to work with people in such a way that allows them to change and develop at their own pace

A healing relationship between the client and the psychotherapist is created through developing feelings of safety and respect, allowing issues of dependence, trust and care to be worked through together. Through this relationship the psychotherapist aims to create a safe space for the two of you to work together to help you understand yourself better and manage your worries or pain. This type of psychotherapy involves talking through difficulties and anxieties being faced by the client; sometimes these are obvious to the client, and sometimes they happen out of our awareness.

Integrative psychotherapy takes from diverse psychotherapeutic approaches such as: psychodynamic, client-centered, behaviorist, cognitive, family therapy, Gestalt therapy, body-psychotherapies, object relations theories, psychoanalytic self psychology, and transactional analysis. Rather than focussing on one approach to rigidly it aims to adapt the approach to the individual.

Integrative therapy takes into consideration the person as a whole and seeks to foster a greater sense of their individuality through integrating their emotions, thoughts, body sensations and behaviours. This includes looking at disowned parts of themselves that may be out of awareness. These parts may have been disowned in early life. It is through exploration of these internal processes that deep-seated changes can be made.

Recently the first rigorous NHS study of long-term psychoanalysis as a treatment for chronic depression concluded that for the most severely depressed, 18 months of analysis worked far better – and with much longer-lasting effects – than other treatment. In 2004, a meta-analysis concluded that short-term psychoanalytic approaches were at least as good as other routes for many ailments, leaving recipients better off than 92% of all patients prior to therapy. In 2006, a study tracking approximately 1,400 people suffering from depression, anxiety and related conditions ruled in favour of short-term psychodynamic therapy, too. And a 2008 study into borderline personality disorder concluded that only 13% of psychodynamic patients still had the diagnosis five years after the end of treatment, compared with 87% of the others.

Conditions treated by psychoanalytic integrative psychotherapy

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Bereavement
  • Family issues
  • Addiction
  • Self-development
  • Stress management

Individuals suited to psychoanalytic integrative psychotherapy

It suits both adults and adolescents. Those who wish to get an in-depth understanding of the contributing factors to their current way of being benefit. This includes exploring beliefs and behaviours in our caregivers that we unconsciously accepted and replicate and which may now lead to restrictive ways of being. As we identify where these patterns and beliefs stem from we start to create a sense of self that is more robust and secure and where we feel more comfortable and accepting of ourselves including our flaws rather than being driven to act and be in a certain way which is not true to ourselves.

Psychoanalytic integrative psychotherapy suits those who are comfortable with or want to engage with a reflective talking therapy and have the patience and willingness to commit to the process. You should also have the capacity to bear moments of uncertainty and change as you work on getting to know yourself and expressing yourself in a new way.

While you should start to feel the benefits of being truly listened to and understood immediately, this type of therapy is not necessarily a quick fix. It is those who want to understand themselves in depth and bring about concrete and deep-seated changes to themselves, how they relate and how they live their lives.

Treatment scales for psychoanalytic integrative psychotherapy

Sessions are usually once or twice weekly in a comfortable, safe environment where- given time- a clearer sense of the connection between your feelings, thoughts and way of being can emerge, helping you to foster a healthy sense of your self. Therapy combines thinking, feeling and being and aims to enhance our ability to feel happier and more comfortable with ourselves and to extend the range of our emotions. The work is on a medium to long-term basis.

Anticipated outcomes of psychoanalytic integrative psychotherapy

People find that therapy helps them develop the ability to:

  • Recognise how they view the world so they can create change that feels right to them.
  • Get to know themselves better so they can be in touch with their feelings and improve the relationships they have with those around them.
  • Find new and more positive ways of experiencing life.

 Psychotherapist who work this way

Our psychoanalytic integrative psychotherapist Shai Dolinsky has many years’ experience working with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties and stress management. Shai excels at creating a safe, containing alliance in which to bring positive change and relief from distress. Get in touch today on 0207 118 0407 and you feel at ease and relaxed knowing you can trust us to help you start feeling more at peace.

 

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