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Re: CBT questions lucy stone

Posted by Pfinstegg on June 6, 2004, at 15:16:40

In reply to Re: CBT questions, posted by lucy stone on June 6, 2004, at 10:17:15

There is so much gradation in the types of therapy, with CBT and DBT emphasizing changing incorrect or unobjective thinking, to psychoanalysis at the other end, which these days is not very much like what Feud described. It has grown into a very interactive process, with the relationship betweenn analyst and patient being at the center; free association and dream analysis are used, also. Some people lie on the couch, which does help a person regress back to their original traumas, but others prefer to sit up. Many people do some of each, depending on what feels best at different moments.

I think it's important to realize that while fully-trained psychoanalysts are only a minority of all therapists, almost all psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and counsellors receive at least some training which is psychoanalytically oriented, As soon as someone in training begins to study intrapsychic and interpersonal factors, psychoanalysts and psychoanalytically-oriented therapists enter in as teachers and mentors.

Like Lucy, I am in psychoanalysis. I am also finding that it is life-transforming in terms of gaining a solid, confident self (which had been very damaged by childhood by neglect and abuse). There is no question that it is extremely taxing in terms of energy, time and money, but I do think that it is by far the most effective treatment that I could possibly undergo for my difficulties. And except for the frequency of visits and the use of the couch (most of the time), it is not very different in content or emotional interactions from the majority of the therapies which posters talk about here- just more intensive.




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