The psychoanalytic point of view stresses the importance of understanding the inner world of the individual. Psychoanalysts recognize that development at all ages results from the complex interaction of body and mind, endowment and upbringing, the impact of family, community and culture. We seek to expand knowledge of the roles of physical health, parenting, emotions, trauma, and education in personality development and functioning.
Child psychoanalysis is much more intense than child psychotherapy. With the intensity of meeting four or five times a week changes occur that are just not possible in a less frequent form of treatment. Psychoanalysis can result in not just the reduction in anxiety, depression or behaviors that may be impulsive or self-defeating but set a child's life on a different trajectory through deep and lasting changes in personality along with the development of a capacity to grab hold of life and live it to the fullest.
Child psychotherapy differs from adult treatment because children can not talk about what bothers them in the same way that adults can. Children express how they feel through what they do, children often express their feelings in play. Child psychotherapy and Child Psychoanalysis make use of play as a form of communication. For example, a child who is preoccupied with feelings of sadness, anger, or episodes of abuse will express those feelings in their play once they feel safe and comfortable in the treatment.
Below you will find links to resources and statements from psychoanalysts which are relevant to current events in the world. The opinions expressed here are those of the individual authors and not necessarily the official position of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis.
Statement from the Association for Child Psychoanalysis (ACP) on Child-Parent Separation