The Psychotherapeutic Outpatient Clinic of The Hanna Segal Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies

The clinic is located on the premises of The Hanna Segal Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies  in Warsaw (ul. Grażyny 13, rooms 315 and 316).

A registration is necessary before the first consultation. For an appointment please call the administrator at 697-485-747.

Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm.

The clinic offers up to three free of charge or low-paid consultations (to those who cannot afford to pay), individual and group psychoterapy. We provide psychoanalytic psychoterapy for children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. We also offer perinatal psychological suport for parents/mothers. We charge fees on a sliding scale, according to the person’s income and personal circumstances. We provide psychoterapy in English.

Clinic goals

Our aim is to help people recognize and understand the reasons behind the difficulties they struggle with and, if recommended or necessary, find the best method of treatment, suitable to one’s needs. During initial diagnostic consultations the therapist works together with the patient to identify and explore the depth of the causes of difficulties experienced by the patient. They also seek to gain a better understanding of the way the patient thinks and feels. The consultations are an opportunity for a patient to get acquinted with the nature of therapeutic approach based on understanding the reasons behind the way we function
The consultations lead to formulate a recommendation for what is best for the person seeking help, according to his/her specific financial possibilities, time schedule as well as psychological needs and capacities. This could include any other type of psychotherapy or psychological support.

The team of therapists and supervisors offer diagnostic consultations for children, adolescents, adults and families. The perinatal psychological assistance for women and families is also provided.

Perinatal psychological assistance

The moment of birth leaves a unique kind of residue in human mental life, both men and women, which consists of particular experiences and fantasies. Pregnancy, labour, breast feeding, infant’s first relations with it’s mother, they all evoke primal feelings in both children and parents, even in a stable envoirment. A specialist psychological assistance may be highly needed and helpful at this particular time. We believe it is indispensable in difficult and traumatic circumstances such as miscarriage or early infant death. Even a one-off professional assistance helps patients, both men and women, to better understand the causes of occuring immobilization and disfunctioning of the mind and to regain the capacity to communicate with one’s own self and with others.

The elderly

The clinic also provides help for the elderly as a part of individual meetings or group therapy. For many years it was believed that psychoterapeutic work with the elderly on their struggle with aging has a limited application and aotcome. To this day many of the symptoms of late-life depression associated with awareness of death, the loss of professional capabilities and the loss of loved ones, as well as various somatic disorders are regarded as symptoms of dementia, that can by partly modified by pharmacology. The experience of psychoanalytic work proves this wrong and shows that even a short period of consultations may help the elderly to cope with aging and to understand how the loss of loved ones and a sense of diminishing physical and intellectual capabilities immobilize regular mental, perceptual and emotional functions. Our experience shows that these functions can be regained to some extent in a therapeutic process.

Adolescents

As part of the provision of group therapy the clinic also addresses adolescents (apart from individual psychoterapy), who struggle with the challenges of graduating from school and college, starting a professional carrer and settling into a new reality.

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The therapeutic group for people aged 57 and over meets every Thursday at 10.15 am. Each session lasts 1.5 hours. We discuss all issues and problems deemed important by members of the group. The group consists of a maximum of 8 people. The cost of one session (lasting 1.5 hours) is 30 zlotys.