What is Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?
The person coming for help is encouraged to reflect on what is foremost in their mind – feelings, thoughts, dreams are brought to the session and looked at with the therapist. Links may be made between current issues and past experiences which the person is not consciously aware of. As the relationship with the psychotherapist develops, the individual gains new insights which can help to shift repeating negative patterns and allow the person to move forward.
At a preliminary meeting regular session times are established. The fee is agreed at the outset and is likely to be in the range of £50 to £80 per session.
Psychotherapy sessions are regular and frequent, at least once weekly in order to give as much continuity and support as possible. Psychoanalytic work is open ended, continuing for as long as needed.
Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient’s ego freedom to decide one way or another.