Does free association writing or talking captures unconscious thoughts? Or maybe they don't because you are conscious during the process?
Does viewing the unconscious throughts as an inner child/friend rather than a battle enemy lead to better control of the unconscious thoughts?
Personal anecdote: I once saw a world-class poker player on TV lose a big chunk of his net worth in a hand. His reaction was stone cold, seemingly without emotion and he continued to play in a calm ...