Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is based on the idea that what we experience as a conscious
difficulty may be a solution to an unconscious problem. These unconscious problems
can make us behave against our own best interests, and even make us distressed or
ill. Unhelpful unconscious patterns are usually derived from early infant and childhood
relationships that may be activated by later trauma or stress. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy
provides a regular time and place in which these patterns can be explored and worked
through via the relationship that evolves between the client and the therapist. The
client is free to direct unresolved feelings at the therapist so that they may be
understood and worked through in safety.
In the 50 minute psychotherapy sessions the client is encouraged to voice and reflect
on whatever is uppermost in his/her mind. Feelings, thoughts, wishes, fears, memories
and dreams can be explored within the relationship between the therapist and client.
Psychotherapy can gradually bring about a degree of self understanding, particularly
of how past experiences can affect current behaviour, and this enables the patient/client
to find more appropriate ways of being, and of coping with difficulties.