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Psychologist and Psychoanalyst in Madrid

Welcome to the practice of Charles E. Baekeland, a clinical psychologist-psychoanalyst in Madrid. This website is designed so that someone looking for psychological help can be informed about psychology, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis before deciding to begin.

The aim of psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis, is to help the patient to transform un-developmental emotional suffering into an experience of life that is more satisfactory and less hindered by symptoms. This is accomplished through the deep, and careful, understanding of the patient’s difficulties.

I invite you to explore the website to know more and ask me any questions that you may have. 

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Training to become a psychoanalyst in Madrid

Training to become a psychoanalyst in Madrid

After having received several requests for information on the subject, here’s a brief answer.
Psychoanalytic training in Madrid, like everywhere else in the world, takes place in a psychoanalytical institute that belongs to a psychoanalytical society.
There are a number of psychoanalytical associations and societies in Spain, but only two that are Component Societies of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) : the Sociedad Española de Psicoanálisis (SEP), in Barcelona, and the Asociación Psicoanalítica de Madrid (APM), in Madrid, with representatives also in Valencia and Bilbao.
The IPA was founded by Freud in 1910 (see history of the IPA) and federates more than 110 Component Societies in the world, each of them with their own Training Institute. In the English-speaking world, there are 44 societies distributed between the UK, Canada, Australia and the USA. The IPA guarantees that its Component Societies, and their Training Institutes, uphold the highest ethical, scientific and professional standards, and makes sure they function optimally.
Although there are slight differences in training between the different Institutes, IPA training worldwide is based on three fundamental pillars: personal analysis, supervised clinical work, and theoretical seminars. Their specific implementation depends on the cultural and theoretical references of each country; in order not to extend ourselves too much we’ll limit this to describing how it takes place in Madrid.

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Psychotherapist in Madrid

If you’re looking for an English-speaking psychotherapist in Madrid, you’ll see that you have many options. In Madrid you’ll find behavioral psychotherapists, cognitive psychotherapists, gestalt psychotherapists, humanist psychotherapists, systemic psychotherapists, dynamic psychotherapists and psychoanalytical psychotherapists.
Each school of psychotherapy has it’s own therapeutic approach and has a different way of treating the symptoms that the patient comes to consult for. Certain specialized psychotherapists in Madrid treat the symptoms directly and will try to make them disappear so that anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, sadness, mood swings, relationship problems, sexual difficulties or low self-esteem are no longer a problem for the patient. Their goal id to remove symptoms.
What often occurs with this kind of psychotherapy, though, is that the symptoms of emotional distress tend to come back but in a different from. In order for this not to happen, it is necessary to get to the root of psychological problems and treat the origins of emotional suffering. In Madrid there are many excellent psychotherapists, highly qualified, that can treat symptoms of mental distress.
Some of the most common symptoms are anxiety and depression and they can manifest in many different ways. The treatment of these symptoms has to take into account hat they are manifestations of deep emotional problems, that are unconscious, and that have to be made conscious before they can change.
What difference is there, then, between a good psychotherapist in Madrid and an excellent psychotherapist in Madrid? An excellent psychotherapist will have a great deal of professional experience, will have treated many patients, will have worked in a mental health hospital, or in a mental health care unit with severely disturbed patients, he will have treated psychotics, borderline patients, neurotics, perverse pathology, addictive disorders, eating disorders. A competent psychotherapist in Madrid will know how to deal with a wide variety of people, and will adapt his therapeutic style to each person so that the treatment is individualized, specifically, for that person. The same techniques cannot be applied to everyone. Each person that consults a specialized psychotherapist in Madrid has individual needs that must be taken into account.
The treatment of low self-esteem in growing increasingly frequent; many people do not understand why they do not believe in themselves, why they feel they aren’t worth anything, why they need to be constantly validated by other people, why one day they feel great and the next they feel terrible, or why they’re so sensitive to apparently trivial things. Psychotherapists observe that this has to do with what we call narcissism, which is the base of the rest of the personality. If a person does not have a solid narcissistic base on which to support herself, she will constantly feel that she’s worthless and will be trying to compensate that feeling. A psychotherapist in Madrid can help her understand what’s happening and resolve it.
Narcissism mustn’t be confused with a narcissistic personality disorder that manifests  through an apparent excess of self-confidence, arrogance, dismissiveness towards others, and the need for adulation, all of which are signs of great emotional fragility and inner suffering. Careful therapeutic work a psychotherapist in Madrid can help these people find an inner equilibrium.
Psychotherapists in Madrid will have studied psychology at university with a specialty in clinical work, will be licensed by the Madrid Professional Body of Psychologists, and will have deepened their studies in one of the schools of psychotherapy that exist in Madrid. The psychotherapeutic specialization that they chose will depend on what they were exposed dot during their studies of psychology and also depending on their personal experiences. Some psychotherapists prefer to get to the heart of the matter, help the patient understand her problems, others prefer to be more directive and tell the patient what she has to do.
The treatment of depression in Madrid is common, and psychotherapists are used to receiving patients that suffer from depression. In broad terms, there are two kinds of depression: one, called melancholic depression, in which the patient is depressed because he attacks himself with devaluing thoughts; two, called anaclitic depression, because it has to do with feelings of emptiness and loss. These two kinds of depression have different origins and need to be treated differently. It is important that the psychotherapist knows how to diagnose what kind of depression it is and how to treat it effectively.
The treatment of anxiety in Madrid begins with the psychotherapist assessing what kind of anxiety it is since anxiety is symptom that functions like an alarm signal that says that something isn’t right in the emotional world of the patient. Anxiety can indicate that the patient suffers from something relatively mild, or it can be a sign of a severe disorder. The psychotherapist that treats someone who suffers from anxiety in Madrid will have to take his time to see where the anxiety is coming from and what it’s causes are.
Psychotherapist’s offices in Madrid can be found in all neighborhoods, though are mostly in the center. The office of the psychotherapist that is writing this article is in the Justicia Barrio of Madrid close to Alonso Martínez metro station. Specifically, my office is on Argensola street, on the corner of Fernando VI.
If you’re looking for a psychotherapist in Madrid, I recommend that you get as much information as possible about that psychotherapist by reading all the available material on the webpage and, once you’ve made your choice, ask the psychotherapist for a consultation to have a preliminary interview and see if you feel comfortable with him. If you feel comfortable with the psychotherapist and he considers that treatment is indicated, he will suggest a number of psychotherapeutic sessions per week in order for you to be able to resolve your problems and feel better.