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What is Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, is a method that helps people to open themselves in a safe environment, in which with the help of a professional psychotherapist, who is helping them to express their problems, and to gain awareness of themselves and to the development of their problems.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a derivative of and a kind of  application of psychoanalytic theory. The influence of the past and the acceptance of the existence of unconscious processes in the development of problems are the basic assumptions of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.


Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is an effective therapy method that gives importance to the emotional worlds and developmental stories of individuals. However, it is not as intense as psychoanalysis. It is done once or twice a week. The framework for psychoanalytic psychotherapies is not as clear as psychoanalysis. Above all, the therapist works with patient face to face; and therefore free association can not be fully implemented, as in the psychoanalysis.


A psychoanalyst can work on psychoanalytic psychotherapy basis with some of his patients besides being able to do psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy can be practiced by people who have intensive basic therapy education within the framework of psychoanalytic theory.

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