I have had this website in several different forms for several years, so why all of a sudden am I starting to blog? It comes from a recent situation that caused me to realize I needed to reach others on important issues of the day regarding my practice and methods. A week ago, I received a phone call from someone in Europe. To keep confidentiality, I am disguising identification facts of the person. The person spoke with a pronounced stutter and stated they had tried every alternative which did not help them with their stuttering. Could I give them some "tips" from my experience on eliminating my former stuttering? After some exchange, I offered to look for a psychoanalyst trained in British Object Relations in their area. The response indicated that they thought psychoanalytic treatment was basically only for mentally imbalanced people. I responded that the treatment I offer is not for mental illness, but for reformation of the thinking process (how thoughts organize, not mental illness), which for some reason has suffered a developmental glitch at a very young age.
I wanted to take this opportunity to further explain in this post, and to give a little history. I hope readers can understand that this treatment approach works on the thinking process problem because it reaches back to the time early developmental process of organizing thought.
This will be the first of a continued discussion of this type of treatment. In later posts, I will further discuss the treatment, how it works, why it would be extremely difficult to analyze yourself, etc.
The old perspective, prior to let's say 1960's, was that classical (Freudian) psychoanalysis was traditionally characterized to be used for mentally imbalanced people or rich folks. With the advent of British Object Relations Psychoanalysis theory, many issues that could not be resolved with Freudian/classical psychoanalysis can now be successfully treated. I have found British Object Relations Psychoanalysis extremely helpful in treating learning disabilities that come in the form of symptoms such as stuttering, ADHD, reading problems. Yes, I treat these as thinking process disorders. What exactly is the definition of mentally imbalanced from a psychoanalytic perspective is debatable. The important matter here is that these symptoms that have only been marginally treatable by cognitive behavior techniques, can now often be successfully treated, because the underlying symptoms are addressed, rather than covered up by behavior modification techniques.
The issue in this blog is to attempt to open up the discussion that people should not look at psychoanalysis only for those mentally disturbed but to all those who have other types of issues that started to percolate very early in life, even as far back as early infancy. British Object Relations Psychoanalysis is great for treating very early issues. People who present with symptoms such as stuttering, ADHD, and learning disabilities in my practice often show early developmental issues in organizing thoughts. It is these people who can be successfully treated. Because of advances in psychoanalysis, there are now several contemporary types, including British Object Relations Psychoanalysis, which have taken the more than century old classical psychoanalysis to totally different and more effective uses. In short, old belief systems about psychoanalysis can be thrown to the wind!