Philosophies And Goals Of Psychoanalytic Therapy

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In the history of counseling, there have been a vast amount of approaches and perspectives that have been used to influence this area of practice. The biggest goals of psychotherapy is to help an individual create a healthy thinking pattern, in order to then create healthy feeling and in turn, healthy behavior. Indeed all individuals go to therapy for various reasons and therefore then most likely need different approaches to their problems. One person differs from another within many variables, such as background, lifestyle, health and so on, meaning that therapists then must be versatile in their therapeutic approaches in order to better understand and help their patients. For this reason, there is not one particular tradition in the history …show more content…
In this form of therapy, the attention is as known placed on the unconscious mind and how it influences an individual 's thoughts, as well as their behavior. Furthermore, there is a focus from this type of therapy on early childhood experiences; it is believed here that these experiences form an individual to who they are and how they behave. As a direct care counselor, I work with young girls, a large amount of them who have had trauma in their childhood that now affects their behavior and the decisions they make. These clients have gone through physical, emotional, sexual, and/or psychological abuse from various individuals when they were younger. They now have issues with the law, in school, and other areas in their life because of their trauma, as well as lack of guidance in their childhood. Psychoanalysis is important here as a lot of these girls are big on talking about their experiences, which is what psychoanalytic therapy is based off of. I have noticed through discussion with clients regarding events from their childhood allows them to see how they make decisions about things, as well as how much they are affected by their maladaptive behaviors. Other than the psychoanalytic therapy being one of the root philosophies of psychology and of counseling, …show more content…
These two forms of therapy target different areas of a person, but they are both usually necessary to examine. I consistently remember though that people are different from one another and therefore must be approached differently. These are only two approaches and as time has continued, we have had several approaches created that have improved counseling as a profession. Although I find these two approaches to have helped me understand counseling, I am open and I welcome any other approaches to better understand this area. These are areas I hope to further learning at Regis

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