Psychotherapy was birthed out of psychoanalysis. It was found that for many people, coming once a week is more than adequate. But sometimes when we are trying to change deep aspects of ourselves, we benefit from a more intensive treatment. Psychoanalysis has proven to be very effective at dealing with otherwise untreatable psychological issues. In this process, the client and therapist enter into a closer relationship and a deeper exploration of the client’s experience. This is facilitated by meeting three to four times per week. This regular contact allows for the unfolding of a person’s conditioning and unconscious within the psychotherapeutic alliance and supports a person to come into a new relationship with themselves and others.
If this sounds ridiculous to you, know that such frequency is built up to and only when fully desired by the client. This is not the stuff you see mocked in the movies, where the therapist says next to nothing and the client lies there free-associating. Just as medicine has come a long way in the last 100 years, so has psychoanalysis. Financial assistance is available when necessary. Click here
for an article on research showing the long-term benefits of this type of intensive therapy.
I am not an accredited psychoanalyst, but have been training with leaders in the field since 2005.