Founded in 2011 by two colleagues, Studio “Psicoanalisti Associati” is a centre for clinical practice and research activity in psychoanalysis. In accordance with the International Psychoanalytic Association, psychoanalysis is a treatment approach based on the observation that individuals are often unaware of many of the factors that determine their emotions and behaviour. These unconscious factors may be the source of considerable distress and unhappiness, sometimes in the form of recognizable symptoms and at other times as troubling personality traits, difficulties in work and/or in love relationships, or disturbances in mood and self-esteem. Because these forces are unconscious, the advice of friends and family, the reading of self-help books, or even the most determined efforts of will, often fail to provide relief. Psychoanalysis, as a treatment method, is based on concepts concerning unconscious mental processes originally developed by Sigmund Freud and further developed by a considerable number of experienced psychoanalysts who have followed. Treatment can reveal how these unconscious factors affect current relationships and patterns of behaviour, trace them back to their historical origins, show how they have changed and developed over time, and help the individual to deal better with the realities of adult life. In treatment it will become possible to understand many of these aspects more deeply and to work upon making meaningful desirable changes.
A person does not need to feel that they are in need of “treatment” in order to derive benefit from a psychoanalytic exploration of their own “inner world” and ways of coping with the world of people around them. A desire to “know oneself better” and – perhaps – to function better in the world may be sufficient motivation to engage in psychoanalytic exploration with a qualified psychoanalyst.