Why psychoanalytic psychotherapy?

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a specialist talking therapy that offers  adults and children a deeper understanding of themselves. Some people ask for help because of specific problems that are impacting on their daily lives, and others are aware of unhelpful or destructive patterns in their relationships and want to achieve greater fulfilment. The Psychotherapy Network operates across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire and ensures that you have access to professional advice and help.

Counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are differing approaches to help those with a variety of problems including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship problems, problems of sexuality and psychosomatic disorders.

How does it work ?

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy aims for deep seated change and seeks to foster understanding of problems by increasing awareness of the client’s inner world and its influence over relationships. The relationship with the therapist is crucial. The therapist offers a confidential setting where unconscious patterns in the inner world become reflected in the relationship with the therapist (transference). In becoming conscious of these patterns the capacity develops to understand and change them.

“Making Sense of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis” published jointly by the British Psychoanalytic Council and Mind contains useful descriptions of the various therapies. It is available online and can be helpful in trying to decide what approach will suit you best.

Whereas CBT seeks to change behaviour through altering thinking and is usually for a limited number of sessions, psychoanalytic psychotherapy looks at the symptom as an important signpost for deeper exploration and understanding. It uses the relationship with the therapist as a tool towards understanding the client’s inner reality and the way that influences his/her relationships in the outside world.