|Paul Cooper, MS, LP
Psychotherapy, Couples & Family
The Challenge of Psychoanalysis
Psychoanalysis encourages you to take a major role in your own treatment, to work as
partners with your analyst. The patient's only responsibility is to come to each session and
bring up everything that comes to mind, including wishes and fears, memories and
experiences, dreams and dilemmas. This is not always easy. As you feel more secure about
your relationship with your analyst, comfort and trust grow and speaking your mind becomes
easier to do.
"It was very hard to imagine that I would ever be able to do what was required to
free myself up from my inner fears, but I did it!."
"This was so difficult, but now I am happy and I live life on my own terms."
Psychoanalysis progresses at the pace you set for it, you go as far and deep as you are
ready to. When you have trouble being honest with yourself and open with your analyst,
together, you can figure out the reasons for your reticence.
You are also encouraged to talk about feelings that come up about your treatment or about
your analyst. These feelings are important because elements of one's earliest affections and
hostilities toward parents and siblings are often shifted on to the analyst. This experience
offers a rich source of understanding, for it enables you to re-experience and re-work
important feelings from the past with the maturity of the present. As you work through old
conflicts and put them to rest, you grow as a person.