Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is founded on the work of Sigmund Freud and those who developed his work further. It aims to explore how the past has affected the present and by bringing this into consciousness aims to resolve present and future difficulties. It recognises that the relationship between therapist and patient is central to this and by understanding what is going on in the consulting room it helps to understand what is going on in the wider world.
Contemporary psychoanalytic therapy goes beyond and questions notions of pathology and diagnosis. It is informed by feminist theory, modern philosophy and socio-cultural understanding. The aim is not to have a fixed idea of how a person should be but rather; listen to, understand and respect individuality and personal history. The therapy is open ended and patients can set their own aims and goals. Patients are seen weekly for one or more sessions depending on need.
Who is it for?
Psychoanalytic therapy is appropriate for anyone who feels they would like to explore ongoing issues that are troubling them. It does require a commitment to attend weekly.