Historically named the ‘talking cure’, psychoanalysis invites us to talk about our suffering, to open up about whatever has become too tough, too scary, too embarrassing or simply too remote to be put into words. Yet, what can be said about the most unknown and unbearable of ourselves? Talking in psychoanalysis is in itself a process; a form of digestion— an unraveling that eases our distress by creating something new out of the abyss of what cannot be completely known or said.
Far from constraining people to pre-established ideals of health, 'mental hygiene' or ‘correct’ ways of thinking, psychoanalysis is a particular form of listening that aims to find a solution to suffering from within the singular character of a person’s history. What way of life is bearable for me, given the particular conditions that have structured who I am? What can I do with the chance occurrences that have shaped my personal experience?
What can I do with what has happened to me, or keeps on happening to me?
Psychoanalysis is the space for such exploration.