The Regional Department of Psychotherapy, Centre for Specialist Psychological Therapies – Patient information leaflet
Information on Psychoanalytic therapies on offer include psychoanalytic psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and group psychotherapy. Each therapy will differ slightly in the setting and technique but are talking-therapy treatments, helpful for a wide range of people with emotional and relationship difficulties. These are intense treatments involving high levels of commitment for both patient and therapist. They are more exploratory and less structured than other talking therapies and can stir up painful and potentially difficult feelings. Psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapies draw on theories and practices of psychoanalysis. They aim to help patients understand and resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world (including their unconscious thoughts and feelings) and its influence over relationships in the past and present.