What is Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?


Possibility for Lasting Change


People come to therapy for all kinds of reasons; An immediate crisis, a longstanding concern, relationship or work problems, or a more existential sense of ‘emptiness’ or lack of meaning in life.

If simply being “aware” or emotionally intelligent were enough to relieve our distress, therapy would be unnecessary for most folks.   Problems would resolve just because we could understand them.  Feelings would be manageable simply because we decided they were unreasonable for the situation.  The truth is that life and people are complex, and that our deepest problems cannot necessarily be solved alone. 

Modern psychoanalytic therapy is based on a few simple core facts:

*We are not conscious of everything that impacts our thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

*As humans we need to live in relationship to others and our earliest relationships matter;


*What happens to us (our environment and the people in it) mixed with how we understand what happens to us are the foundations upon which we make sense of the world.


Research shows that psychoanalytic therapy is a highly effective tool for deep and lasting psychological growth and change*.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is unique.  Therapists trained in this approach are able to work with you to access experiences, thoughts and feelings which actually guide your relationships and decision-making, but about which you are normally unaware.   Relationally oriented psychoanalytic psychotherapy also emphasizes the importance of the relationship between therapist and client as a source of immediate information, intimacy, and healing.


Melissa Holub, Ph.D.