Psychotherapy is a form of aid in disorders and problems of the psychological kind practised since the 19th century. Although philosophers were helping people in finding answers to troubling questions as far back as the ancient times. Socrates used to compare his role in such discussions to that of a midwife helping a child to come in to this world. A role that required to assist, guide and lend professional knowledge to a searching individual. The same applies in a way to psychotherapy, a psychotherapist and a patient.
Psychotherapy evolved intensely over the past century as various schools and approaches have been worked out. Each psychotherapist finds a method that gives him the best tools of work in the form of a theoretical background, workshop but also support of his environment. Therapist gathered in the Therapeutic Team are connected by a common identification with the psychoanalytical approach.
The main assumption of psychoanalysis is the existence of the unconscious mind, meaning that part of the human psychic that we have no easy access to, and which is crucial to the quality of our life.
Clinical work shows us that it is an area that is worth exploring and, in a sense “getting acquainted with”. This is where our often forgotten feelings, emotions, memories deciding who we are and what we have to deal with in life, are stored. We assume that childhood is the time when our characters are developed and so we concentrate on that period of life in our work, but not without taking in to account the patient’s present life. You can say that the aim of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytical therapy is getting to know and understand the inner psychic processes and their influence on our life. By recognizing these mechanisms we are able to change that which causes us misery and even suffering in our existence. We try to discuss problems with the patient, focusing on their source, manifestation and influence on various areas of life. We want them to gain knowledge that grants them understanding of their behaviours, motivations, thoughts and feelings. With that understanding and work put in with a therapist an attempt is made to change that which causes suffering, discomfort or is otherwise unwanted. This cooperation and a kind of understanding are key elements that connect therapist and patient.
A characteristic element of psychoanalytical therapy is creating a feeling of safety for the patient. That is why stability and predictability are so stressed. Our therapeutic sessions are conducted regularly, at predetermined days and hours. All brakes (vacations, holidays etc.) are planed ahead ant the patient is informed of them. The rules of payment are determined individually with the psychotherapist.