The Psychoanalytic Approach considers intra-psychic conflicts to be the major cause of psychological disorders. There are two methods for understanding this intra-psychic conflict.
The intra-psychic conflicts and unconscious desires, thoughts and ideas are brought into the conscious realm by the means of free association and dream interpretation.
The two main means of treating the patient are as follows.
Transference unravels the unconscious wishes and conflicts of the client. As a result, the distress levels of the client increases and the client starts resisting the procedure of transference. Due to resistance, the client prevents the progress of the therapy in order to protect him/her self from recalling the agonizing unconscious memories.
The duration of Psychoanalytic Therapy may extend to several years wherein there are one hour sessions for 4-5 days every week. Psychoanalysis is a very intense therapy and it is divided into 3 stages.
Psychodynamic Therapy is the oldest and the most complex form of treatment. The duration of the treatment is quite long but it also helps the client is gaining access to a complete new understanding of him/her self after he/she gains insight. Hence, Psychoanalysis is one of the most trusted methods for curing people with psychological disorders.