Why choose psychoanalysis?

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a founded upon the most profound form of talking and listening. Guided by the theories and practice of psychoanalysis it is driven by the fundamental assumption that our feelings and actions are affected by unconscious factors as much as those we are consciously aware of. Its initial aim is to raise our awareness and work through what’s uncovered in the safety of an authentic and professional relationship. The ultimate goal is to help get in touch with the blocks that lie at the heart of our difficulties and gradually relieve them of their silent hold.

The therapist does not aim to provide answers but instead helps explore the unconscious dynamics repeated in your actions and behaviour – often in the most damaging ways. By working these issues through in this unique relationship it becomes possible to lift the weight of the history we carry and begin to live a fuller life. As awareness develops the individual realises that their symptoms are not just arbitrary but have a deeper significance that is very personal to them and their life story. In time the patient experiences not only symptom relief but a renewed inner strength that is the foundation for real and lasting change. While this form of therapy can be a long and arduous, the benefits are profound and can put the individual on a firmer footing for the rest of their life. Clients often say that this personal investment of their time, effort and money is completely worthwhile in the long term.