Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is based on the theories and practices of psychoanalysis and analytical psychology, which originate in the ideas of Freud and Jung. These have been developed further over the last 100 years and are influenced now by modern thinkers, researchers and therapists. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is based on many of the same principles.
It is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of difficulties in living and a unique opportunity for intensive exploration of the personality and underlying patterns of behaviour. It can bring about deep-seated change.
It works by helping us become aware of previously unconscious conflicts, and deeply-held assumptions about other people and ourselves. These conflicts and assumptions often stem from earlier experiences, including those of childhood and can continue to disturb and limit vitality and creativity in the present.
The changes achieved through this type of therapy are maintained over time because people in therapy have come to understand themselves better and develop a more cohesive self. They can apply that understanding and strength to any new difficulties that may arise.