The practice of psychoanalysis has changed dramatically from Freud’s time when the analyst sat back and made interpretations to the patient who accepted the doctor’s opinion.
Today’s practice, known as Contemporary Psychoanalysis, is an effective method for people seeking to make deep and lasting changes. Theorists and researchers have come to understand that a person’s childhood as well as their current relationships and life experience influence their personality. The analyst works closely with the patient to develop an understanding of what’s happening in their present life, using past experiences as a back drop. Patients also learn about themselves by exploring the interactions taking place in the relationship between themselves and the analyst.
Contemporary analysis offers the full participation of the analyst in a dialogue with the patient. Sessions are held twice or perhaps three times a week. The patient has the benefit of an analyst who has completed advanced training at a psychoanalytic institute.