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Commonly asked questions

Who is it for?

‘Sometimes people seek help for specific reasons such as eating disorders, psycho-somatic conditions, obsessional behaviour, or phobic anxieties. At other times help is sought because of more general underlying feelings of depression or anxiety, difficulties in concentrating, dissatisfaction in work or inability to form satisfactory relationships.

It may benefit adults, children and adolescents. It can help children who have emotional and behavioural difficulties which are evident at home or school. These can include personality problems, depression, learning difficulties, school phobias, eating or sleeping disorders.’ British Psychoanalytic Council website: www.psychoanalytic-council.org.uk

Can it help me?

A number of studies have been completed and published showing the effectiveness of psychoanalytic psychotherapy in the UK and overseas.

 “...it can be a unique and profound experience that often leads to long-term development in close relationships, work and creativity.”
Institute of Psychoanalysis website: www.psychoanalysis.org.uk

Research evidence supporting this may be found at: www.psychoanalytic-council.org.uk

How long does it take?  

Therapy can be time-limited or more open-ended, depending on what one wishes to achieve. Brief psychoanalytic psychotherapy might consist of ten to twenty sessions.

Medium term therapy could be between eighteen months to two years.

Longer term therapy could extend over several years.
Continuity is important in psychoanalytic psychotherapy so the minimum frequency of  sessions is once weekly.                     

It is hard to predict how much time will be needed because what can seem like a limited problem may turn out to be connected to wider and  deeper issues.


How much does it cost?

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is available free through the NHS for children and adults but the adult provision is patchy geographically.

Private fees typically range between £35 and £60.

Fees are usually discussed between client and therapist prior to beginning treatment.

Some therapists may have a small number of reduced fee places.

How do I find a well qualified therapist?

This can be done by approaching well known professional bodies that have the function of registering or training psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

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Initial Inquiry

Following an initial inquiry, it is customary for patient and therapist to meet for a number of exploratory sessions before making any commitment to ongoing work together. This process is often helpful in itself and it allows both parties to come to a realistic decision.

What happens in the appointments?

All psychoanalytic work is based on the emerging relationship between client and therapist.
Understanding the relationship that develops and the feelings it evokes will be the well-spring of change.

(Each appointment commonly lasts for fifty minutes, although initial appointments may be longer. )



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