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Re: Therapist Orientation? CBT or psychodynamic?

Posted by naiad on January 6, 2004, at 11:40:35

In reply to Re: Therapist Orientation? CBT or psychodynamic?, posted by ocdforyears on January 6, 2004, at 10:44:32

I got a lot out of your post -- it just makes sense. However, your last paragraph: "As for classical Freudian psychoanlysis, or analysis which involves developing mental insight (learning how I work, as CBT therapists sometimes describe the goal of analysis therapies..." has me a bit confused. Are you saying that classical Freudian psychoanalysis is only about developing mental insight without addressing feelings? How could that be? I did take Psychology 101 in college but that was a long time ago and I don't remember, if I ever knew, the tenents of Freudian psychology. I just bought the book "Unauthorized Freud: Doubters Confront a Legend" by Frederick Crews, but have not yet read it.

I am still struggling with my analysis-leaning therapist who wants me to free-associate. I have a hard time with this process because I have been a thinker for so long. I carefully guard my feelings.

As you can probably tell, I am new at this therapy business. I'm trying to figure out if I 'm in the right place, with the right approach, and with the right person. My intuition tells me that medication (for depression) and an empathic, supportive therapist will help. I just wish that I was a better client and able to let my guard down more.




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