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Is Psychoanalysis Right for You?

Is Psychoanalysis right for you?

Psychoanalysis is not for everybody. I don’t mean this in a negative or exclusive kind of way but rather in an is-this-the-right-fit-for-me kind of way. There are many therapeutic approaches out there and there is no one size fits all when it comes to mental health.

But let’s say you’ve wondered about this before: “is psychoanalysis right for me;” maybe you’ve tried other types of therapies but there’s still something kind of missing, something was left unsaid, or unaddressed and the problem you wanted to solve persists. Maybe it’s anxiety, maybe it’s your mood or relationships, whatever the case may be, the issue is still there despite all your efforts to change it. How do you know if psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy is right for you?

Read along and if you find yourself identifying with some or all of the statements below, psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy is definitely the right choice for you.

You seek a deeper understanding of yourself

If you are the type of person, who wants to know why, is interested in your own dreams and want to find an explanation and deeper understanding of your thoughts, behaviors and symptoms, psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy may be the right approach for you.

You want answers 

You have questions about yourself, about your relationships and about your life; you try to reflect, journal or analyze yourself but it’s just not enough; maybe you feel like you’re going in circles – psychoanalysis is a place to find answers.

You are interested in your unconscious  

Not only you want answers but you want to understand the meaning behind your actions, choices, symptoms and relationships. You’ve heard about the unconscious, it sounds interesting and you want to find out more about it. You dream a lot or “weird” things seem to happen to you all the time and you want to know why.

You want to feel good about yourself as a sexual being

You struggle when it comes to sex and relationships. Maybe you have too much of it or too little of it; feel guilty, anxious or inadequate; have low self-esteem or body image issues. Don’t worry, you are not alone! Our sexuality is quite complex and impacts important parts of our lives such as relationships, family, work, art, our children, our dreams, thoughts and fantasies, etc. Feeling comfortable in your own skin and in touch with your sexuality is not always easy and psychoanalysis can help.

You want to improve your relationships

Something isn’t working out when it comes to intimate relationships. Maybe you’ve noticed a pattern in your behavior, or something just happened and you find yourself at a loss about what to do. Or maybe, you feel like you are living a double life and you want to change it? You want to be happy in your relationship but it always feels like something is missing?

You have a history of traumatic experiences 

Something traumatic and painful happened to you that you’ve never spoken about before. Maybe you are trying to forget about it and don’t want to talk about it but you know it affected you deeply.

You often feel angry and frustrated 

You are often angry, irritable, frustrated and unhappy. Maybe you drop the “f” bomb all the time or you feel like jumping out of your skin and punching someone in the face. Or maybe you HAVE done it already? Maybe it was your partner you punched? Or you hurt yourself?

You are ready for a real change

Maybe you have been repeating the same thing over and over again with no different results or have tried different kinds of therapies and none seems to quite do it for you. You feel frustrated and tired of the same old stuff, the same behaviors, the same results. You want a real change…

Can you relate to some of these statements? If so, maybe psychoanalytic psychotherapy is what you need to feel better about yourself, in control, happier in your relationships and in touch with your body and feelings. Remember, better late than never.


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Is Psychoanalysis Right for You?

Mihaela Bernard, MA, LCPC

Mihaela Bernard, MA, LCPC is a licensed clinical professional counselor and founder of Inside Family Counseling, LLC in Chicago. She is a Professional Member of the American Counseling Association and a member of Chicago Psychoanalytic Circle of the Freudian School of Quebec, Canada. She is the author of Mental Health Digest electronic magazine, your free, easy-to-read electronic resource on common mental health issues affecting you and your family, plus some suggestions on how to address them. She specializes in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for troubled children and adolescents, who face behavioral and emotional challenges at home and at school. Her mission is to empower, support and guide children, adolescents and their parents to a happy and healthy family. Mihaela also writes a Parenting Blog, where parents find helpful resources and practical tips on how to support their child and adolescent's behavioral and emotional development. You may find out more about her at

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