Psychoanalysis

Richard Angle, Ph.D.  -  - Clinical Psychologist

Richard Angle, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist & Psychoanalyst located in Upper West Side, New York, NY

Psychoanalysis is one of the original forms of psychotherapy or talking treatments for psychological conditions. Richard Angle, PhD, is a clinical psychologist practicing in the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, who specializes in using psychoanalysis to help patients recover from mental health problems. Modern psychoanalysis combines the best aspects of the original theories with the most up to date developments in psychology to provide a treatment that gets to the heart of your condition. Call Dr. Angle today to find out more or book an appointment online.

Psychoanalysis Q & A

What is psychoanalysis?

Psychoanalysis first developed as a theory about how the human mind works, with an accompanying approach to healing mental illness. Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud developed the original philosophy of psychoanalysis in the late 19th century, and his initial breakthroughs have been the foundation of psychotherapy as a treatment method.

Other notable figures in psychiatry and psychology, like Carl Jung and Alfred Adler, also developed approaches. These different schools of thought have both similarities and differences to Freud’s original psychoanalysis, and therapists typically favor one approach above others because of their own experiences and ideas.

Dr. Angle uses psychoanalysis in a traditional way, to connect current patterns of thinking and behavior to earlier relationships between a patient and their family.

Is psychoanalysis a valid form of therapy?

There are many different types of psychotherapy. It can be hard to know which are going to be most helpful and to understand why they might seem to contradict each other at times.

Psychoanalysis itself has grown, changed, and improved as more evidence becomes available. Changing social norms, new knowledge about the workings of the brain, and the different kinds of lives people lead now mean that many of the ideas Freud expressed have become less popular.

However, the basis of psychoanalysis remains, having stood the test of time as one of the most effective psychotherapeutic approaches. When you visit Dr. Angle, he can help you decide which form of therapy is going to help you most.

When would I need psychoanalysis?

Psychoanalysis is most helpful for patients who have more severe conditions and deep-seated problems. Dr. Angle finds that psychoanalysis is the best way to assist individuals in better understanding intrapsychic patterns and more profound personality change.

Psychoanalysis involves using several techniques to help you understand your thoughts and behaviors, including:

  • Spontaneous word association
  • Dream analysis
  • Transference analysis

These techniques can help Dr. Angle prepare you to make changes in any dysfunctional forms of thinking you have.

Conditions like depression, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and personality disorders often have their roots in the experiences you had as a child. They may be buried so deeply you don’t even know they’re there, and psychoanalysis might be the only way to fetch these memories to the surface.

Unless you can bring out these deeply buried memories and deal with the emotions and feelings they cause, your mind can never truly heal, and you’ll continue to experience mental health problems. However, with Dr. Angle’s help, you can release yourself and recover from your condition.

To find out how psychoanalysis could help you, call Richard Angle, PhD, today, or book an appointment online.