Psychoanalysis is based on the idea that people are frequently motivated by wishes and desires that are rooted in their unconscious and therefore go unrecognized. MendCenter clinicians listen to patients’ speech (utterances, stories, fantasies and dreams) and sift out the structuring logic of this speech in order to build a better understanding of what they are experiencing. This provides a unique perspective that is hard for those close to the patient, such as family and friends, to see.
Talking with our clinicians helps patients to identify underlying problematic patterns and behaviors. By analyzing transference and countertransference, analyst and patient can jointly discover paths toward long-term change and healing.
Psychoanalysis is best suited for persons who have a question about themselves. Common questions tend to be:
In addition to the question, they seek to direct it to someone who "should" know the answer to their query. What psychoanalysis aims to do is to disrupt the idea that an Absolute Other not only knows the answer but can actually resolve these questions. In the end, it is only the patient, as revealed in the psychoanalysis treatment, who can know and answer these questions for him or herself.