Psychoanalysis is the exploration of one’s subjectivity through free association. The aim of an analysis is to discover, understand and modify certain aspects of one’s subjectivity.
A Lacanian approach is committed to the singularity of each individual.
For an adult beginning psychoanalysis the starting point can be a difficulty in managing one’s life, a sense of futility or of being entrapped in a repetitive cycle of moods or situations. Recurrent anxiety, depression, addiction or the simple desire to learn more about oneself can also be points of departure.
A Lacanian approach insists on the relationship between language and the unconscious structures of the individual.
This can open new perspectives and create therapeutic effects, as well as steering the individual towards the discovery of certain subjective truths which mediate his or her existence.
For a Lacanian psychoanalyst, the main qualification is to have completed an analysis before receiving patients. In this way it is possible for the psychoanalyst to understand the role played by his own subjectivity in the relationship with the patient. At the same time, the psychoanalyst will sustain and enrich his or her analytical experience through constant study and regular contact with other psychoanalysts.
My analysis was carried out over a twelve year period in Brussels, where I am a member of the Section clinique of the ACF (Association de la cause freudienne). The Section clinique organises courses, seminars, lectures and reading groups covering a variety of crucial questions both theoretical and practical within Lacanian and Freudian psychoanalysis.
This activity of permanent questioning feeds into the clinical context, allowing the analyst to listen dynamically and act appropriately.
After a preliminary meeting, the psychoanalyst and the future analysand decide if they wish to work together.
The former will suggest the number of sessions to be held each week.
In the context of a Lacanian approach the length of sessions may vary. Equally, an analysand may decide to end the process after a limited number of sessions or, conversely, he or she may prefer to pursue a more long-term exploration of his or her unconscious. The length of an analysis is not set in advance.