Special Approaches

Further Your Personal Growth

There is a special type of psychotherapy in which you and your therapist work together at an accelerated pace on struggles about how you feel, how you view yourself (in ways you may or may not be aware of currently) and how you relate with others. It is the most powerful method for breaking through self defeating patterns, ones that cause problems in one's personal life, and relationships.

This approach to therapy is contemporary psychoanalysis, and it is also considered depth therapy, because it allows you to go deeper into yourself. It gives you a chance to understand yourself on levels you have not been able to before, in a way that is enriching and healing. It leads to enhanced self esteem and self image.

Psychoanalysis can also help you look at, understand, and resolve underlying conflicts--the issues beneath what you experience--that are burdening you so that you will be able to live a life with increased freedom,

liberation (from the issues that kept you stuck before) and satisfaction. The reason it's important to work through the underlying dynamics is because that is where some of the problems stem from. It's like getting at the heart of the matter. Its a way of reaching something deeper inside of you, that can only be done with someone trained to work from an analytic approach. And, I am currently in a program at the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute, learning from some of the most accomplished, senior analysts.

Many people who have gone through psychoanalysis say their lives have been immeasurably enriched and their futures substantially expanded. The experience can lead to the resolution of problems, better relationships, increased job satisfaction, healthier families and a more satisfying life.

1How Else Does Psychoanalysis Differ From Other Therapy?

Psychoanalysis differs from other psychotherapies in its focus, depth and method. Other therapies are less intensive, and can be helpful, but are not always successful in making the deeper, long lasting changes you may be seeking. Or if you don't know what the issues may be, analysis can help you uncover that. Because other therapies are less intensive, it may take more time to find resolution, or get to a point of understanding that leads to the changes one may be seeking from in therapy. Typical therapy is limited by time and scope. In psychoanalysis, specific problems are viewed in the context of the whole person. The quest for understanding oneself and in relationships is the most important key to changing attitudes and behavior.

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Psychoanalysts focus on the development of the individual. It is believed that how we were shaped as infants and children greatly influence the way we see the world, the kind of relationships we form, the way we feel about ourselves in relation to others and the needs we seek to have fulfilled. Through the process of psychoanalysis we look at that development, and it is in that discovery process that we find deeper insight and understanding of oneself, and the answers and experiences that can lead to feeling better, stronger and the resolution of problems.

Many people think of Freud, his infamous couch and someone saying, "tell me about your childhood," or what they see in the movies, when they hear the word psychoanalysis. Some may imagine being in therapy for a lifetime. Just as today's automobile is much more advanced in so many ways than the first model T rolling off Henry Ford's assembly line back in the early 1900s, similarly, contemporary psychoanalysis and all of the research and practice in psychology the past 100 years has now advanced psychoanalysis to a much more relational approach; it is far removed from the Freudian psychoanalysis of the early 1900s. The approach has come a long way, and contemporary psychoanalysis employs the latest research about our human development and how to alleviate and overcome long-standing issues. My particular approach involves contemporary psychoanalysis which accelerates the therapeutic process, thus giving you results you've always wanted in a shorter period of time, compared to other forms of psychotherapy.

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2How Does Psychoanalysis Work?

As a result of uncovering your personal dynamics and unconscious process, this often leads to new pathways of growth, which translates into changing unhealthy patterns in yourself and your relationships, healing and developing those undeveloped parts, integrating material from your past, and feeling stronger, joyful and more secure.

You and your analyst will typically meet more often than in other types of therapy; three times a week is usually the minimum. This is part of the nature of the approach and allows for acceleration and intensification. Often, it takes less time to work through issues at this pace compared to other therapies and clients tend to see some changes within the first few months.

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In psychoanalysis, you and your therapist will discuss and explore feelings and fantasies (things we wish about, long for), dreams and ideas that you may have struggled with for a long time and some of which you may have been unaware. Through the relationship with your analyst, you will work on resolving conflicts, thus freeing yourself from struggles and suffering that has interfered with leading a more satisfying life.

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3What Else Should You Know?
Psychoanalysis involves more of a commitment on your part compared to less intensive psychotherapies. You will meet with your analyst about three times a week, and you will delve deeply into yourself, but the rewards can be profound. What will happen if you keep living the way you've been living? If other therapies have not helped enough, don't you deserve the chance to truly turn your life around or change a particular issue that has kept you stuck?

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If you are interested in anything you've read thus far, the next step is to simply call or email me for a consultation. I have helped many people overcome obstacles in themselves, improve relationships and I have watched their lives turn around, leading to bright futures and renewed hope.
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For those interested in credentials, I have a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hope International University, I'm in the latter phase toward licensure, I have one year toward earning my Doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychololgy and I have earned a certificate at the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute for psychodynamic/analytic therapy. I also have four and a half years of training in psychoanalytic/dynamic approaches.

-Tyra Butler, M.A.

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