It has been developed by Jacques Lacan and has since been influenced by various philosophical influences, as well as fuelled discourse in various humanities and political spheres. For Lacanian psychoanalysis mental health problems (e.g. depression) tie in with the fundamental, inner philosophical attitudes toward reality and life.
In the session you will be asked to speak freely about whatever comes to your mind, without any censorship (free association), the analyst will ask many questions to help with reflection and understanding. An analyst will also give interpretations, which convey their understanding of the client’s material. Depending on the agreement between analyst and client, you will come to sessions from one to five times a week and will sit face-to-face or lay on the couch.