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Ask a bpf psychotherapist

 

Question:

My 17 year old daughter is getting stressed and has panic attack’s related to her 6th form college. How would you advise we address this?

Answer:

You might find it useful to see if the 6th form college has staff within it who might be able to help your daughter. Many educational establishments have school/student counsellors who would be familiar with such issues.

 

Question:

Regarding introspection and reflecting on life experience; how are they, if at all, different?

Answer:

I am not certain what you had in mind with this question. It is useful to take time to reflect on one’s life and how whatever has been experienced will have moulded the way one is today, one’s expectations of others etc. There are times for some people when they may become over-absorbed in dwelling on the past, which might perhaps be called ‘introspection’ , suggesting they are not sufficiently relating to others, by some people, but I would need to unpack what you had in mind about these terms more to be able to offer a satisfactory answer.   

 

Question:

How many years should a psychoanalysis of 3-4 times per week sessions last?

Answer:

It is nearly impossible to answer such a question - it would depend on the issues that brought the patient to seek the therapy, and at what point the patient felt that s/he had gained enough to decide to stop –there would always be a sense that more work could be done. Certainly I would not anticipate that psychoanalytic treatment would last less than 2-3 years, and could well last longer.

 

Question:

Why is psychoanalitical school the choice of British Psychotherapy Foundation and not, for example, humanistic - existential school?

Answer:

There are many forms of psychotherapy and many different ways of helping people. Those who have trained with the bpf & are its members think that psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy is more useful for some patients and some sorts of problems because it offers the opportunity to work in depth on issues that may be long-standing and entrenched, giving the opportunity for quite substantial changes to ways of relating and seeing the world. Practitioners within the bpf believe that the ideas of Freud & Jung & the many analytic thinkers who have followed them offer a framework for understanding human nature and a way of thinking about the mind which can be usefully applied in the psychoanalytically informed therapeutic work.

 

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