New York, NY – The capacity to change is fundamental to the therapeutic process. We can assume new ideas and discard old beliefs that don’t serve us anymore if they ever did.
Dr. Shirley Schaye is a psychotherapist specializing in psychodynamic psychotherapy, an in-depth treatment focused on identifying the root of conflicts
As a therapy, Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic treatment is based on the premise that people are typically not conscious of the reasons why they are having trouble in their life.
“Most people are intelligent enough to know what they need to do, but obviously they can’t do it for whatever reason,” explains Dr. Schaye. “That’s where psychoanalytically oriented therapy comes in. You look at the patient’s past.”
We internalize what went on when we are young and repeat these events symbolically, if not literally what happened when we were growing up. If it was a good past — then no problem, we are repeating a good past. However, when the past was not good or there were problems, we repeat that too. This is known as Repetition Compulsion.
“Everybody repeats their past, but only psychoanalytically oriented treatment can help someone change the past.,” says Dr. Schaye.
The goal, says Dr. Schaye is to help the patient become aware of the issues that are creating their problems. Together, Dr. Schaye and her clients work on making what was unconscious, conscious. Eventually the patient arrives at a point where the client can recognize their behavior and stop themselves. The patient’s life can change in dramatic ways.
For more information on Dr. Shirley Schaye, visit http://www.newyorkcitytherapists.net
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