The psychoanalytical method is based on the theory that early relationships with parents, childhood experiences of love, loss, sexuality and death all lay down patterns in the mind which provide unconscious templates. These can have lasting effects on the way the mind functions and are the source of conflicts which can prevent development.
These unconscious patterns can be brought into awareness, understood and so become available to modification within the setting provided by psychoanalysis. To some extent, everyone is affected by deep-seated unconscious, archaic relationships and conflicts. Psychoanalysis can help free people to live their lives in a richer and more fulfilling way. It is effective for those seeking to improve their ability to be creative in their work and develop the capacity to establish and sustain close relationships. It can help people to become less troubled by the wide variety of psychological symptoms suffered by many in everyday life: anxiety, depression, tendency to obsessional thinking or behaviour, agora- or claustrophobia. Psychoanalysts have the understanding and the ability to treat some of the more deep-rooted and complex psychological disturbances.
Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
HOW CAN PSYCHOTHERAPY AND PSYCHOANALYSIS HELP?
Research shows that psychotherapy and psychoanalysis can be effective in dealing with a broad range of difficulties, including:
loss - bereavement, divorce or redundancy
anxiety, panic and stress, difficulties at work
relationship problems, destructive or disconnected partnerships
low self-esteem, depression, self-harming, or suicidal thoughts
issues of sexuality, sex, body image and eating disorders
feelings of shame, jealousy and envy