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What is psychotherapy and when it can prove helpful.

Analytic psychotherapy is a method of treatment that is crucial for dealing with problems like personality disorders, neuroses, psychosomatic disorders, and the accompanying visible symptoms like eating disorders, problems with keeping up satisfying relationships, including intimate and sexual issues, anxiety, phobias, mood swings, depression, etc.

The decision to begin therapy is a step towards gaining freedom from your troubles, that have usually been there for years. It is also a significant investment in yourself and your mental health. The decision to take up psychotherapy is a decision to be taken by both sides: the patient and the therapist that undertakes the task of conducting the therapy with the patient. Thus decision means that both sides are involved in a long process, that can turn out to be a path full of discoveries, amazement, and inspirations, however, it can also be accompanied by difficult feelings – connected with making the patient aware of some hard things about themselves. The patient’s input into the therapy involves his or her effort to attend sessions, as well as provision of financial means, which can happen to be significant. The therapist is trying to provide best understanding of the patient’s current problems and support in his or her problems.

Each person is different, and that is why therapy has it’s own course for each patient. There are no two identical people, so each therapy is adjusted to the needs of a particular individual and the topics he or she brings with themselves.

Therapeutic work involves analyzing what is happening in the therapeutic relationship. This is a crucial element of treatment, which enables understanding of what the patient is suffering from, what he or she has came with – all of which takes place in the safe environment of a consulting room. In order to understand the patient’s patterns – that is what he or she suffers from – it is essential to regenerate an individual patient’s pattern with the therapist, in order to deeply understand it – maybe for the first time in the patient’s life. These usually are scenarios and schemes that the patient has unconsciously repeated up to this time, which have hindered them from making the best out of their life.

Analytic psychotherapy is helpful in treating the following:

  • neurosis, anxiety, phobias

  • psychosomatic disorders

  • hypochondria

  • mood swings

  • depression, lack of desire to live

  • personality disorders

  • eating disorders:

    • anorexia

    • bulimia

    • orthorexia

    • obesity caused by compulsive overeating

  • difficulties in relationships:

– inability to establish a relationship

– getting stuck in a dysfunctional relationship

    • inability to keep up a relationship

    • unstable, interrupted relationships, all ending up in a similar way

  • difficulties in making up decisions

  • failing exams caused by emotional problems or fears

  • problems at home

  • problems at work

  • inability to establish relationships with peers

  • loneliness caused by one’s own emotional limitations

Agnieszka Guzowska
qualified psychotherapist, psychologist

Warsaw - Włochy