Psychoanalysis began with the work of Sigmund Freud but has evolved over the years to incorporate the contributions and work of many clinicians and theorists. Mike King offers contemporary psychoanalysis in Torrance, CA, a form of therapy for emotional discomfort or pain.
Contemporary psychoanalysis is an avenue for self-discovery and personal growth; it is a gateway to establishing and enhancing relationships with others and the world at large. Mike’s approach to psychoanalysis offers an interpersonal experience that emphasizes the healing properties of two people collaboratively making sense of life in meaningful ways that are helpful to those he works with.
Unlike classical psychoanalysis, which holds the analyst as an authority regarding what is true about the client, Mike explores and emphasizes the meaning of the client’s unique experiences. By focusing on the relationship between analyst and client, they work together to create an intense experience that may lead to transformation. It potentially incorporates many diverse ideas and approaches depending upon the client’s distinctive and personal needs.
Mike’s training was based on current relational psychoanalytic approaches and research on child development, memory, neurobiology, and culture. His work is also based on the deeply held understanding that the relationship he forms with the people he works with and the built mutual trust and respect is the bedrock of successful psychoanalysis. Mike’s relationship with his clients is the most fundamental aspect of his practice of psychoanalysis.
Psychoanalysis began with the work of Sigmund Freud and has evolved over the years to incorporate the contributions of many analytic clinicians and theorists. The form of contemporary psychoanalysis in which I was trained, is a treatment for emotional discomfort or pain; it is also an avenue for self-discovery and personal growth and a gateway to establishing and enhancing relationships with others and the world. My approach to psychoanalysis offers a deeply relational experience that emphasizes the healing properties of collaboratively making sense of one’s lifetime of experience and behaviors in ways that can lead to personal change at the deepest levels.
Unlike classical psychoanalysis, which holds the analyst as an authority, I seek to explore the meaning of my client’s experiences and beliefs as they understand and inhabit them. Additionally, by focusing on the mutually dynamic nature of our relationship, I work with my clients to understand the past and the present in ways that lead to transformative understandings of themselves and others.
Beginning personal psychoanalysis is a significant commitment on multiple levels; it’s not something that should be considered lightly or hastily. It is a powerfully subjective long-term experience that can only be experienced when meeting with a psychoanalyst several times a week. It often feels conflictual, distressing, and sometimes even frightening; it is a profoundly intimate process of reexamining and altering the most basic aspects of what has been long held to be emotionally and cognitively real or unquestionable.
As challenging as this process may be, those who take the time and energy to engage in this process often find their lives and relationships transformed beyond what they could have imagined before they began.