WHAT ARE THE PSYCHOANALYTIC APPROACH AND COUNSELLING?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST/COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

The psychoanalytic approach is beyond the scope of many counsellors and
proper training involves the therapist undergoing therapy themselves normally
for a period of up to 4 years. Psychotherapy is a social interaction, where one
trained professional tries to help another person to behave or feel
differently. The principles of this approach, however, can be viewed as
important in the understanding of clients in the counselling situation; in
particular,

the
notions of transference, counter transference, resistance and ego-defence
mechanisms.

By understanding a client’s past influences and experiences the therapist can gain insight into how the client’s present suffering has evolved. This does not mean that everything should be attributable to the past, but only that it has some relevance to the client’s current plight. Whilst some of Freud’s ideas with regard to psychosexual development may be hard for some counsellors to swallow, the developments to his theory through people such…

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