Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy refers to psychotherapy that is rooted in the ideas of psychoanalysis. In its widest context this comes in many forms, but at its centre is the understanding that we unconsciously internalised our early life experience and use that internal map to understand the world as we grow older. Psychoanalysis, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy offer the opportunity, through the work with a psychotherapist, to come to know how these experiences inform our life today and create the possibility for change, if desired.

Work with the psychoanalytic psychotherapist could involve work with dreams, our current experience, memories of our past, and our desires. It is a conversation, however the discussion primarily focuses on the experience of the client/patient. Some work may take place on the couch, which offers greater opportunity for the focus on unconscious experience. Also it is possible you might wish to come more than once a week.