Psychological Interventions. Psychoanalytic Therapy

Bita Riazati has knowledge of, and had extensive training in management, assessment and diagnosis. She is trained in psychological interventions, psychodynamic therapy and applied psychoanalytic treatments for anxiety, depression and a wide range of disorders. She also offers psychoanalysis in Melbourne. Home


– Bita Riazati –

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Bita is a psychologist and a clinical psychoanalyst offering psychoanalytic therapy and psychoanalysis in Melbourne. Therapeutic areas include male and female sexual and intimacy problems, relationships, grief and loss, depression and anxiety as well as existential and identity issues.

The clinical theory that guides my practice

I am a registered psychologist and a practicing psychoanalyst in Melbourne. As a psychologist, I have previously trained in a range of cognitive therapies such as CBT, mindfulness and acceptance commitment (ACT), family systems and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Therefore I am familiar with a range of psychological therapies as well as the limitations that sometimes these therapies pose for some people. Other than these psychological interventions, I have committed to years of personal psychoanalysis with my own psychoanalyst, theoretical and clinical studies, as well as ongoing clinical supervision in psychoanalysis / psychoanalytic treatment (Lacanian).

Psychoanalytic treatments work with developing an understanding of the person and the contributions of their history in the present time. The psychoanalyst or therapist who has had his or her own analysis directs the treatment by listening and working with the person to work through the issues that present in the therapeutic relationship or in the transference.

Jacques Lacan was a French psychiatrist and psychoanalyst whose work advanced on the theory and practice of Sigmund Freud, the inventor of psychoanalysis. Treatment and what can be offered depends on each person’s level of engagement with what is offered. I may combine cognitive, solution-focused and psychoanalytic strategies in the work with patients suffering from anxiety, depression and a wide range of issues and disorders. What is psychoanalysis? A basic DHHS factsheet on psychoanalysis; Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis seminars and activities information

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Psychoanalysis Melbourne. Psychoanalytic Treatment

Psychoanalysis is a scientific research field and a highly specialised clinically applied treatment method, specially for treating people suffering from enduring and persistent problems (such as anger, self harming and self sabotage behaviours). Psychoanalytic treatment and the interventions are highly individualised and singular to each person. Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic treatments in general have particular regard for the individuality of each person, focusing on the individual experience of a symptom or problem. These problems cause distress and are reoccurring in a person’s life, which naturally repeat at some point in the treatment process too. These moments present an opportunity for us to work through what presents in the transference. We may also explore solutions to certain issues where possible.

In clinical psychoanalysis, the patient is invited to speak freely in an uncensored way and the analyst or therapist who has had their own analysis is enabled to listen to the person who speaks in this way. Together we work to facilitate the emergence and development of the person’s create-ive capacity (ability to create and/or solve problems) which may be hindered by pathological processes, further effected by difficult, painful, or traumatic life circumstances.

The analyst listens to what the person has to say, over and above any preconceived knowledge or ideas that the analyst may have about the person’s experiences, circumstances, or history. It is a very personal session where the beneficial effects of speaking and being heard are given time to develop. Psychoanalytic treatments can be very effective in working through experiences that are difficult to understand, or prone to being misunderstood by friends, family, or colleagues.

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Treatment of enduring, persistent or severe psychological problems

Bita has knowledge of, and had extensive training in management, assessment, diagnosis and a range of treatments (such as CBT, DBT, family systems and psychoanalytic; guiding theory). Research (such as Leichsenring et al., 2013) has shown that for many patients with complex presentations, including chronic issues and personality problems, brief psychotherapy is not sufficient. Furthermore, many meta-analyses (such as Leichsenring et al., 2005) investigating treatment efficacy and rate of relapse across hundreds of longitudinal studies, have demonstrated that purely behaviour-based therapies may offer temporary symptom relief with a high rate of relapse for enduring, persistent or chronic problems and disorders.

I may combine a range of cognitive, solution-focused and psychodynamic / psychoanalytic treatment strategies depending on individual needs. Psychoanalysis or applying aspects of psychoanalytic techniques may be used in the treatment of those suffering from treatment resistant depression, personality disorders, intimacy and relationship problems, reoccurring psychological conflicts, somatic problems, severe anxiety disorders and neurotic or psychotic problems. The Department of Heath (factsheet) and the Victorian Statewide Centre of Clinical Excellence for Personality Disorders provide an overview. There are many scientific sources on Lacan or clinical psychoanalysis / psychodynamic therapy which you can refer to inform yourself.

Psychoanalysis is a treatment method, which is practical in the sense that there is an attempt to answer a question, to solve a problem, or to cure somebody, or at least to address one’s suffering. But the other thing that psychoanalysis does is to enable somebody to speak. It is an attempt to create the conditions in which somebody can speak themselves as fully as possible.

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