Treatments: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
The primary goal of psychoanalytic
psychotherapy is to gain insight or self-understanding (enhancing
awareness of unconscious material, as well as the relationship
between past and present), allowing personality change, and greater
freedom in making life choices, and freedom from symptoms. It
is a treatment that understands the impact of early life, even
childhood, and development, on the patient’s personality
and difficulties in living and interpersonal struggles. It stresses
the importance of the “therapeutic relationship” in
working through these difficulties.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a less formal and less intensive
derivative of psychoanalysis. Instead of meeting 4 or 5 times
per week, the patient and therapist meet 1 to 3 times per week.
Instead of lying on a couch the patient and therapist sit face
to face and instead of taking many years it may take months,
but the methods of the treatment are similar, especially linking
past to the present, and using the relationship that develops
as a very special place for the patient to develop insight.
Dr. Oddy was trained in psychoanalytic technique
and psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy at Cornell – Payne
Whitney Clinic and the William Alanson White Institute both
in New York, New