What happens in psychoanalytic psychotherapy?

Talking with a therapist in a confidential setting provides an opportunity to explore difficult feelings and conflicts and begin to make sense of them. Over time difficulties can seem less overwhelming and the individual can be helped to develop resources for handling them. Psychotherapy, particularly the more intensive forms, can bring about deep-seated change. It is a process that fosters people’s understanding of themselves, their difficulties and how they relate to others. At the core of the therapy is the relationship with the therapist. They work together to explore troublesome and often longstanding conflicts that can disturb and limit vitality in the present. In identifying and becoming aware of such patterns it is possible to understand and begin to change them.

Who can it help?

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy can enable individuals to deal with a variety of psychological problems. It can help to improve their mental and physical health and the capacity to lead more effective and satisfying lives. It can be of considerable benefit to people who suffer from specific problems such as  relationship difficulties, eating and sleeping disorders, obsessional behaviours, issues of identity and sexuality and traumatic experiences past or present, as well as less defined problems such as depression and anxiety, managing difficult feelings, lack of self esteem, and blocks in creativity.

It can also help children, including those who have emotional and behavioural problems. These can include depression, oppositional behaviour, isolation, learning difficulties, difficulties with peer relationships and bullying, eating and sleeping disorders and sexual problems.