Psychoanalysis provides both a theoretical framework as well as a form of treatment through its use of introspection. It allows the individual to explore and understand their Unconscious in order to shed light onto the meaning of their behaviors.

Theoretical Model

In 1900, Sigmund Freud improved an innovative theoretical model by postulating his account pf the unconscious mind, of drives, and of unresolved intrapsychic conflicts which can lead to pervasive psychological disorders, causing suffering and a poor quality of life.

The Underlying Principle

Free associations (a technique used to help patients spontaneously express exactly as they occur) enables the psychoanalyst (Frédéric Aebischer) to access the part of the patient’s mind which is unconscious and related to the latent, unconscious, aspects of his speech (dreamanalysis, lapses, mistakes and symbolic expressions). This allows us to reveal the existence of repressed psychological conflicts.

Method

This approach hinges upon the analysts’s neutrality, driven by a sense of benevolence, as well as the relationship between the analyst and the patient.

The patient will gain insight into the unconscious processes taking place inside of them, initiating a process of change.

What can a psychoanalysis help with?

  • Existential problems and the desire to better understand oneself
  • The desire for change or introspection
  • Suffering, sadness, anger, anxiety
  • Grief, setbacks (divorce, burnout, disease)

Modalities

Freudian psychoanalysis is carried out either face to face with the therapist or with the patient lying on the couch. The therapy received can vary in its length (from brief to a longer, more introspective type of therapy) as it depends on each person’s motivation as well as their specific needs.

Sessions last 45 minutes with 15 minutes of case study completed in the absence of the patient. A rate of 180,- chf  is payable at the end of each session (cash or credit card). It is possible to be reimbursed by complementary health insurances.