Clinical Practice

PSYCHOANALYSIS AND PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR ADULTS, ADOLESCENT AND CHILDREN 

Adult Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis  Psychoanalytic treatment responds to the request for help by looking for the signs of how psychological pain manifests and expresses its self, and understanding the underlying causes of the distress. Psychoanalytic care does not contend with the prescription of medication to resolve symptoms unless there is a specific indication to do so.

Adolescent Psychotherapy Adolescence is a challenging time of an individual’s life that often imposes a steady and conflictual redefinition of identity, body image and social roles. It is a time when decision making can become central to everyday life as well as family life and can serve as a trigger for moments of deep felt insecurity and doubt that often cannot be put into words and reflected upon. Quick fixes and self-made solutions such as substance abuse, eating disorders, difficulties at school and sexual hang-ups are often the sign of a painful experience that is not being dealt with adequately. We believe that an attentive and early approach to adolescent problematics that promotes the ability to be in touch with one’s emotions and inner world is key to a healthier adult life.   

Psychoanalysis for children – Child psychoanalysis, an offshoot of adult psychoanalysis, shares with it a common theoretical framework for understanding psychological life while also using additional techniques and measures to deal with the special capacities and vulnerabilities of children. It was found that just as adults could express themselves with words, children would express themselves in the way they played in the presence of their analytic therapist. This helps reveal inner feelings and worries not only through words, but also through drawings and fantasy. In the treatment of all but late adolescents, parents are usually consulted to round out the picture of the child’s life. The goal of child and adolescent analysis is the removal of symptoms and of the psychological blocks that interfere with normal development. Many behavioural disorders such as inappropriate aggression, panic and anxiety disorders, inappropriate sexualized behaviours, depression-like symptoms, phobias, school refusal, eating disorders and many others can be treated in children and adolescents by psychoanalytic methods.

Infant observation The studio offers home based infant observation in English, Italian and French. Mother tongue therapists provide a sensitive multicultural approach embracing the cultural frame of foreign families living abroad. Infant observation is a useful as well as non invasive method in detecting problems that arise in infancy and childhood. Through the observation of relational styles that may interfere with development and growth our therapists offer a consultation that is open to families and pediatricians alike. At the end of the consultation with children, issues that emerge are discussed with the parents and a therapeutic project is designed according to needsWhen possible child consultations are held in parallel settings with parents . Parents and children are received on the same day, at the same time yet given separate space and listened to by different therapists (Parallel Setting Consultations)

Psychological support to reproductive technology and infertility treatments In collaboration with an international group of medical doctors and gynecologists specialized in IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) Studio Bandello offers psychological support and accompaniment to couples going through the various stages of medically assisted procreation. The aim of psychological support is to help couples elaborate the complexity of this procedure and confront times of crisis that emerge both in the couple and the individual.

Psychiatry and Addiction Disorders Psychiatric referrals are available at Studio Bandello for cases in which medication and medical assistance are needed or requested. Studio Bandello also has a well established multidisciplinary team of professionals and community care for addiction disorders that may need special attention and other contexts of cure.