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What is Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?

Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy conciders human interpersonal relationships as its central axis, and argues that the way relationships with others have been shaped in the past and the present determine the occurrence of mental disorders. ⠀⠀

Great importance is given to how therapist and patient construct their relation. That means that in an equal relationship, they influence each other while conscious or unconscious experiences, perceptions and feelings emerge.⠀


The concept of intersubjectivity also plays a central role. The influence of the personal material shapes the quality of the treatment. In other words, special importance and attention is given to the relationship that develops, as it is shaped and experienced in therapy.

During the course of the therapy, through the 'relational unconscious' and the phainomenon of transference in relationship, the analysand projects trapped feelings in the analyst as if she/he was an 'object' of the past.

The analyst focuses on the 'here and now' of the therapeutic act while simultaneously taking into account the past object relations of the analysand as well as the relationship between them. This relationship is expressed by fantasies, dreams and above all the analysand's need for an 'authentic' relationship with his/her analyst.

Why should I start Psychotherapy?

The reasons why someone chooses to start psychotherapy are varied and are different for each person! The request for psychotherapy is not defined by the sex, age or financial status of the person, but by the needs and difficulties he/she may face at some point in his life.⠀

Usually a person seeks therapy when faced with a difficulty and now accept that they need to share the burden and find a more functional way of living. All she/he needs is the courage to recognize the obstacles and manage his daily life in a new way, claiming his/her well-being.


For example, someone may seek psychotherapy when 

🔘doesn't feel satisfied and can't enjoy everyday life.⠀

🔘 is overwhelmed by difficult emotions (sadness, anger, loneliness, anxiety). ⠀

🔘has intense phobias that immobilize him.⠀

🔘is looking for a meaning in his life.⠀

🔘faces serious difficulties with his interpersonal relationships.⠀

🔘can't set goals and/or follow them.⠀

🔘can't handle negative thoughts.⠀

🔘has difficulty setting his limits and communicating his needs.⠀

Psychotherapy is not an inability to face the difficulties of life, psychotherapy is a responsible decision first of all to ourself and then to the important people in our life.

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