Dr Stephanie Davis, UKCP registered
Psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy draws on theories and practices of analytical psychology and psychoanalysis. It is a therapeutic process which helps patients understand and resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present.
Psychoanalysis is based on the modern developments of the theories of Sigmund Freud. Freud believed that bad thoughts and experiences from childhood are repressed but continue to influence your feelings as an adult.
In psychoanalysis, you talk about your personal relationships and the thoughts you have about other people. You’re encouraged to discuss the past as well as the present.
This allows the therapist to identify links between past events and how you think and act now. This form of psychotherapy is usually quite intensive and requires long-term commitment.