FAQs

What is Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?

Is talking really going to help?

What kind of problems can Psychotherapy help?

What if I’m not sure psychotherapy is the right treatment for me?

What is a typical psychotherapy session like?


What is Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is a process that helps individuals become more aware of themselves, their relationships and their ‘inner world’. It is a journey where both patient and therapist work together to understand and resolve conflicts and work through painful experiences both in the past and in the present. Psychotherapy works towards bringing to conscious awareness things that may be hidden in regards to how a person feels about him/herself and how he/she relates to others. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy promotes self-awareness, emotional and personality development. It is different from other therapies in the sense that it looks further and deeper in order to understand what may be related to the issues and problems of the present, aiming to bring about deep and lasting change.
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Is talking really going to help?
The truth is that talking does help, and it helps a lot. It can be a relief to freely express most inner feelings to someone who is neutral and non-judgmental. Talking is in itself therapeutic, because as you tell something to the psychotherapist you will be helped to revisit and elaborate some areas you might feel stuck in. It will help you carefully think about your experiences. However a psychotherapy session is not just a normal conversation, like the chats you would have with a friend or a partner. A psychotherapist is trained to listen to what the person communicates on a deeper and more unconscious level. So as you speak you can be helped to gain new perspectives about your experiences.
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What kind of problems can Psychotherapy help?
Psychotherapy can help with a wide range of problems, from more specific and current issues such as bereavement, stress, relationship difficulties or work related issues, to more deep seated and complex problems such as eating disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety or personality disorders. In the second consultation stage (first 2 to 6 sessions)you will be helped to think whether the issues you want help with can be worked through in psychotherapy, or if you would need a more specific approach or perhaps the involvement of other professionals (i.e psychiatrist, GP) in your care.
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What if I’m not sure psychotherapy is the right treatment for me?
An initial consultation should help you decide whether psychoanalytic psychotherapy is the right option for you.
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What is a typical psychotherapy session like? It is difficult to generalise and describe a typical session, because every patient is unique and so is each experience of therapy. But normally in the beginning of a session the person has the freedom to start talking about anything he/she has in mind. At appropriate points some interpretation of significant factors in relation to what you are communicating will be made. Quite often a person’s experiences or relationship dynamics will be inadvertently repeated and subtly re-enacted with the therapist in the session. For example, a patient might feel that the psychotherapist is acting or speaking very much like their father, which brings out specific feelings or reactions. This is often outside conscious awareness, but it is nonetheless an important opportunity to understand something that is happening in the here-and-now of the session, and at the same time related to what may be deeply rooted in the mind. So if patient and therapist are able to understand it and work through, it may help to deal with similar situations or feelings in other contexts.
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