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Analytical therapy

What is an analytical and who is it for?


Analytical psychotherapy helps the patient with its internal conflicts. This approach is based on the verbal interpretation of the patient’s words and aims to explain his behaviors and affects in order to eliminate the internal conflicts he encounters.

As part of an analytical therapy, the practitioner may have to go beyond its neutral posture to replace a benevolent and structuring parental image.

Principles and goals

Analytical therapies have in common with psychoanalysis, the reference to the psychic unconscious and both take into account its manifestations. However, the specificity of this type of therapy is to be performed in a face-to-face meeting between the practitioner and the subject, in a non-neutralatmosphere, which brings benevolence.

During a session, the therapist focuses his work on the patient’s unconscious and on the interpretation of the verbal material that the patient proposes, in order to find links between current difficulties, past experiences and pent-up conflicts, unresolved in the patient’s unconscious.

Analytical therapy can sometimes move well away from the patient’s visible symptoms to explore the patient’s psyche in depth,through free verbal association, dream analysis, keeping a personal diary and transfer phenomenon (projection of unconscious desires or situations from the client to his therapist).

Who is the
analytical therapy for ?

Analytical therapies can benefit to all type of patients presenting an inner suffering, a feeling of confinement or diffuse and permanent ill-being. Analytical psychotherapy allows the exploration of the psyche and the improvement of self-knowledge.

Some disorders affecting young children and adolescents, who have learning disabilities, can benefit from this type of therapy, thus revealing the psychological suffering at the root of these difficulties.

More broadly, analytical psychotherapy can be used for the benefit of patients with language disorders, phobias, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, or depressive disorders.

It is important to note that analytical psychotherapy can be combined with other types of psychiatric care and drug treatments.