Psychological Interventions. Psychoanalytic Therapy Melbourne

Bita Riazati has knowledge of, and had extensive training in management, assessment and diagnosis. She uses a range of psychological interventions and psychodynamic / psychoanalytic therapy for anxiety, depression and a wide range of disorders in Melbourne. Home


– Bita Riazati –

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Bita is a psychologist and a clinical psychoanalyst offering psychodynamic / psychoanalytic therapy 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 psychologist and a clinical psychoanalyst in Melbourne. I have previously trained in cognitive behavioural therapies: such as exposure, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment and cognitive therapy. I also had training in family systems and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). More specifically, I had years of further clinical training in clinical psychoanalysis (Lacanian orientation). Jacques Lacan was a French psychiatrist and psychoanalyst whose work advanced on and updated the theory and practice of Sigmund Freud, the inventor of psychoanalysis. I may combine cognitive, solution-focused and psychoanalytic therapy strategies in my work with patients suffering from anxiety, depression and a wide range of other issues and disorders. Review the DHHS factsheet on psychoanalysis for anxiety treatment, depression treatment and other.

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Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Therapy Melbourne

Psychoanalysis (psychodynamic therapies in Melbourne included) is a scientific research field and a highly specialised clinically applied treatment method, specially for treating individuals suffering from enduring and persistent problems (such as anger, self harming and self-sabotage behaviours). Psychoanalytic treatment and its clinical interventions are highly individualised and singular to each person. Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapies 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 us with an opportunity to work through what is coming up, and explore possible solutions to certain issues.

In clinical psychoanalysis, the patient is invited to speak freely in an uncensored way and emphasis is placed on what the person has to say, over and above any preconceived knowledge or ideas that the therapist or 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 and psychodynamic therapies 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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