What is Lacanian Psychoanalysis?
Psychoanalysis started with Freud and Lacan is famous for his "return to Freud" as the developments by the "post-Freudians" had lost something of the truth that Freud started to explore. Lacan created a School as a counter-alternative to hierarchical institutions offering a refuge and a base of operations in order to restore the cutting edge of the field of psychoanalysis Freud had opened.
Contrary to common and widely available approaches to human suffering, psychoanalysis does not focus on changing behaviour and habits a priori and as such it is not a "symptom-based approach". Instead, a psychoanalyst takes their orientation precisely by what does not work for each subject, their symptom, in order to accompany them to a process of exploration, discovery, change or stabilisation.
Guided by the ethics of psychoanalysis which radically oppose all universal formulas, statistics and "models" of therapy for "common" mental health difficulties, a psychoanalyst pays particular attention to the use of language and the speech of each subject in order to intervene and allow each one, one by one, to find a more satisfactory way of living. The psychoanalytic treatment is first and foremost an experience, which allows one to discover a knowledge about themselves and live one's life in a more creative and satisfactory way than previously. The Lacanian approach is known for its flexibility insofar as its principles are not defined by exterior and rigid "standards" such as the clock or the number of sessions. Hence one can have an analysis whether they come once or twice weekly and the sessions are variable in duration insofar as the unconscious is not organised by the clock.
I work with anyone who wants to know more about why things are not working, or who realises that something has to change. This can be because there is a crisis or simply something is not quite right. Perhaps there is a repetition in one’s life that is unhelpful, but cannot easily be let go. People come for many reasons, but mostly because they know they need to talk about something.
Lacan was a French psychoanalyst, who felt that the developments since Freud's death had lost something of the truth that Freud started to explore. H
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