Frequently used by psychoanalysts, counsellors and therapists, psychoanalytic therapy is based upon theories developed by Sigmund Freud.

Delving into the unconscious mind

It deals with the unconscious mind and how our thoughts impact upon our behaviour. During psychoanalytic therapy treatment, your counsellor may delve back into your childhood looking at events that took place then and examining whether or not they are contributing to your actions now. Most of the time, your therapist will ask you to talk and will listen carefully, making notes along the way.

They will then analyse their notes, looking for patterns that may be causing your present state of mind and possibly adding to your mental illness or problematic behaviour. Psychoanalytic therapists also use techniques such as dream interpretation, free association and observing your feelings and natural defences.

Talking freely

Providing you with a safe, secure and non-judgmental environment in which to talk freely about your actions and feelings or difficulties, your therapist will encourage you to share your thoughts, using psychoanalytic therapy as a beneficial instrument. In time this will lead to emotional growth and reduction of symptoms.

If you would like us to put you in touch with a therapist that makes use of psychoanalytic therapy, fill in the form below. We will identify a practitioner that is suitable for you and who will be able to assist.

Related News & Blog

Burnout in modern society - Tara Winstead on Pexels

Navigating a Modern World: Burnout Signs, Prevention and Treatment

By Megan Jackson

Due to the pandemic, the boundaries between work and leisure have become eroded. Our schedules, job security, financial stability, working environments, and responsibilities,

A woman sitting against her sofa with her laptop

Online psychotherapy advantages

By Arteo

Every once in a while life gets a bit overwhelming, and we feel the need to talk to someone. We want to vent, to feel understood, and we need help processing our feelings.

A woman speaking to a female doctor with her head in her hand

Psychotherapy - what is it and how does it work?

By UK Therapy Guide

Mention the word psychotherapy and for many people the name of Sigmund Freud pops up. Psychotherapy has come a long way since the days of Freud whose historic figure reminds us of the evolution of this practice.