Psychoanalysis and Analytic Psychotherapy – Practice Principles

This 2004 article contains some basic principles which almost every school of psychoanalytic thought and practice endorses, with varying degrees of emphasis. While many of these principles are used by other forms of psychotherapy, these concepts can be seen as the cornerstones of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy today. They include making the unconscious conscious through the patient verbalizing any body sensations, thoughts, fantasies, or feelings which occur during treatment hours, dreams, and slips; understanding which leads, through empathy with traumatic experiences, deficits, and internal conflicts, to resolution of conflicts and completion of developmental tasks; dealing with transference manifestations, which are displacements of thoughts and feelings towards the analyst from important past figures; dealing with countertransference manifestations which are displacements of thoughts and feelings from the analyst’s past relationships as well as representing responses to what is happening in the relationship with the patient; the maintenance of the analytic ‘frame’; and the development of the treatment alliance between the patient and analyst.
Psychoanalysis and Analytic Psychotherapy – Practice Principles
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