Why Psychoanalytic?

The main idea of Psychoanalytic Therapy is that the source of most of our behaviours, thoughts and feelings is not conscious – they are unconsciously motivated. This important notion is now increasingly supported by the latest neuro-scientific discoveries. Our behaviours, thoughts and feelings come from our psyche, from our ‘unconscious’ mind.

The Therapist listens intently to you, and responds to what you are saying in a questioning that seeks to understand your motivations, and most importantly then, to help you to understand them. For this process to proceed, you have to say what comes to your mind – as these thoughts from your ‘unconscious’ are the source of understanding yourself. Among those thoughts that you speak lie thoughts that have been sources of your anxiety, discomfort, depression or whatever has been ailing you. Talking these through together can lead to new understandings and different perspectives that lessen their negative hold, restoring a better balance in your life.

Why is this Important?

Knowledge of your ‘unconscious’ is the key to change. Because we live in our language, finding our own language to honestly describe our life events, leads to greater personal understanding.

What happens?

Some of our negative thoughts and feelings can be supressed because we find them too disturbing – we repress them – we put them ‘out of our mind’. They still can have a decisive influence in our lives and can return if stimulated by something internal or external to us reminding us of those past events. The ‘return of the repressed’ can lead to mental and physical stress that can cause anxiety, depression, loss of confidence in relationships and other symptoms that can effect many facets of our daily life.

Speaking ‘what comes to your mind’ in a session can lead to analysing your hidden motivations with your therapist, and through new understandings, being able to look at familiar situations from a different perspective. This all happens at your own pace, the therapist responding at times to your narrative.

An analytic approach to regaining control over negative aspects of your life can gradually lessen the unconscious hold they have over you because they become conscious as part of a new understanding of yourself. Using language in this way your therapist helps you to systematically get to know yourself at a deeper level, leading to greater self-confidence and self-knowledge.