Dr. Karyne Messina





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Psychotherapy | Testing | Psychoanalysis | The College Edge | Career Counseling | Coaching | Couples and Family Counseling | Mother/Baby Interventions | Custody Evaluations

Psychoanalysts work in different ways; initially following one of several theoretical models and then eventually finding there own way of working; the way they believe is most useful to their patients. While there are similarities; one of which is that the process is long-term, there are many myths about psychoanalysis that often involve how analysts are depicted in movies. Like many things in life, movies often focus on comical or absurd aspects of a character or situation. I would have no idea what psychoanalysis was really like from watching Woody Allen's portrayal’s of it, by following Tony Soprano’s interactions with Dr. Melfi or from watching, "What about Bob?" Funny as these renditions may be, they are not what the process of being in analysis is really like.

To me, psychoanalysis is unlike any other experience in life.  It involves a special relationship between one individual and another person, the analyst. It becomes a close relationship wherein eventually most people come to feel they can say anything to their analyst who they come to trust; a person who will not judge them. That is unique in life since there are things people don't even tell their spouses, partners, parents of sibs even in highly functioning relationships.

My way of working more than likely is not like the ones depicted in movies; the process isn't as funny as Woody Allan might have led you to believe. I also interact with my patients, so the long periods of silence as seen in movies where the expert analyst says very little while waiting for the patient to produce material to be interpreted about the patient's childhood does not occur as you might imagine. There is a place for silence to think and experience personal thoughts and feelings but that does not represent the major part of the work.

My approach is a relational way of working since I strongly believe the process works best when 2 people collaborate together to help the patient learn about himself or herself; his or her conflicts and struggles, how the patient comes to know what they want in life versus what other people want for them and finding one's own voice. The process includes developing the internal freedom to express what one thinks. It helps overcome inhibitions as well that hold people back in life including as shyness and intimidation. Other mechanisms that keep people from finding their true passion in life is their fear of competition. When someone wins, another loses which is something many people can't handle well because they fear they won't be liked.