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Micropsychoanalytical psychotherapy

Psychotherapy of micropsychoanalytical inspiration is an arrangement of the micropsychoanalytical technique. It aims directly at relieving the psychic and somatic symptoms, taking into account the person as a whole.

It is directly based on the technique and the theoretical model of micropsychoanalysis, so it combines:
1) Duration of session from of one hour and a half, up to three hours; frequency can vary, in general once or twice per week, sometimes more. They are called sessions of long duration to distinguish them from long sessions.
2) A psychotherapeutic usage of the technical supports, such as the study of photographs (personal and of the family), plans of places where he or she lived, the genealogical tree, various writings (letters, school notebooks, childhood drawings, personal diary . . .).
3) Micropsychoanalytic metapsychology as guideline of the work.

A micropsychoanalyst psychotherapist uses both targeted and flexible intervention tools. Depending on each particular situation, he or she can modify frequency and duration of sessions, modulating the use of a particular technical support.

On one hand, being a psychotherapist, he or she uses his or her tools with a curative aim; moreover, he or she is induced to have an active attitude: he or she can make interpretations or reconstructions of contents before elaboration is completed, can make interventions of support, counsel with caution, can aim at the reinforcement of the ego and try to obtain a better adaptation of the subject to reality.

On the other hand, being a micropsychoanalyst, he or she encourages associative verbalization, does not directly intervene on the symptom but rather looks for equivalences in the history of the patient. The patient will talk more easily about his or her problems, being able to place them in the context of the past and current life, finding the repetitive patterns and perceiving the unconscious nucleus feeding them.

A psychotherapy which is by definition of limited reach from a psychical point of view does not push the associative elaboration as far as a micropsychoanalysis. However, it has its specificities and its own indications. With no intention of deeply modifying the psychobiological balance of a person, it can yet lead to an inner and interpersonal well-being.

The clear advantages of this technique should not hide the complexity of its use, which requires specific training.



Powerful psychotherapeutic tools

In this context, the technical innovations of micropsychoanalysis are modulated in the direction of greater flexibility, in order to serve a therapeutic project.

Thus, duration and frequency of sessions, as well as the use of technical supports are adjusted accordingly, taking into account the problems of the individual.

The analysis of documents is systematically performed during long sessions, so as to permit an outline of associative development from the observed content.