by Lisa Thomas
Traditional psychoanalysis is
a. well supported by research
b.popular with insurance companies
c. not supported by research
d. never practiced anymore
I can't make too much of a credible assessment of psychoanalysis as I am not trained in that approach. Popular with insurance companies? Definitely NOT. This is one of the longest, most expensive kinds of therapy - often 3-4 times per week, for years; People do still practice it, and there are "newer" types of psychoanalytic therapies.
In my limited experience with it, some people love it and say it helps them immensely, while others feel they gain lots of new insight and self-understanding, yet don't necessarily experience a real transformation in how they feel or experience life.
It would be best to talk to someone who has actually had psychoanalysis to get the best perspective.
Ben Schwarcz, MFT
Santa Rosa Psychotherapist