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Following are some frequently asked questions, along with answers. Please feel free to contact us directly if you have further questions.

Q: What is Modern Psychoanalysis?

A: Modern Psychoanalytic Therapy is a treatment for relieving mental and emotional distress. It is often known as THE TALKING CURE because its simple technique heals through the talking interaction between patient and therapist.

Our Modern Analytic Services are therapeutic services based on an understanding of the unconscious and how unconscious processes affect the human mind as a whole, including actions, thoughts, perceptions and emotions.

This form of treatment for mental and emotional troubles was first developed by Sigmund Freud in early part of the last century. Later psychoanalysts expanded on Freud’s work and enlarged the range of problems that could be treated. New treatment techniques and insights into human behavior have also developed.

The science of Modern Psychoanalysis has demonstrated its ability to successfully deal with mental and emotional difficulties through its studies of early parent child interactions, frustration, social relations, family dynamics and psychosomatics.

Modern Psychoanalysis, as expressed by its founder, Dr. Hyman Spotnitz, has gone beyond Freud, and addresses modern needs, since it “…has been reformulated on the basis of subsequent psychoanalytic investigation.”

Modern Psychoanalysis utilizes a wide range of interventions including ego reinforcement, emotional communication and resistance resolution.

Q: What Does a Modern Analytic Therapist Do?

A: One of the most important tasks of the Modern Analytic Therapist is to listen carefully and attentively to the patient in order to understand and facilitate communication. When a patient can get in touch with and express all of his or her thoughts, ideas, and feelings, emotional healing can take place.

Q: How long does Psychoanalytic Therapy take?

A: There is no time limit on Psychoanalytic Therapy – Some patients may obtain benefits in a short period of time (six months or less) – Others may wish to continue treatment for years, since more time might be required to change certain traits that developed over an entire lifetime. Therapy ends when the goals of the patient have been achieved.

Q: What costs are involved?

A: Therapy does require a time commitment, which is mutually decided upon by the patient and the therapist. Fees are charged for each session.

Our Fees are always reasonable and may be reduced based upon the patient’s ability to pay.

Talk Therapy, LLC
514 Morristown Road
Matawan, New Jersey 07747

James Fennessy, M.A., M.S.W., J.D., LCSW
(732) 619-2211
E-mail: njanalyst@gmail.com

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Kathleen M. Leo, Ph.D., R.N., PMHCNS-BC, CNL
(732) 619-2111
E-mail: gigianalyst@hotmail.com
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