What is Analytical Psychotherapy?

What is analytical psychotherapy?Analytical Psychotherapy is an in-depth approach to a broad range of difficulties related to the self and to relationships. It allows for an individual exploration of the problems and issues, which may have arisen over time in a person’s life, that do not allow them to fulfill or even to determine their potential. It is an open-ended therapy, which is not limited by a pre-set time frame. This enables a more profound sense of healing and well-being that can rarely be attained in more short-term therapeutic orientations.

This therapy works through the development of a better understanding of our feelings, thoughts, and behaviours that cause us difficulties in day to day living. It explores the aspects of ourselves of which we are already aware. It also facilitates the exploration of the deeper, usually unconscious, aspects of ourselves and of our life experience, which can have a profound impact on our capacity to live. Dreams, spontaneous thoughts, and reactions or responses are also explored and understood. The relationship that is developed between yourself and myself is a key part of this process, and can take time to become safe, meaningful, and productive.

Sessions are usually at the minimum frequency of once a week but can be up to three times a week if desired. Analytical psychotherapy is based upon the teachings of C.G. Jung but it also incorporates all the developments that have taken place in the analytic and psychoanalytic field over the past 50 years. It includes the more recent insights and developments that have accrued from observational studies of child development and from neuropsychological research. These have provided us with a great deal of understanding about the development of our personalities and behaviours, as well as of brain function. These areas have begun to explain why it can take time to make meaningful and lasting changes.

“The least of things with a meaning is always worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.”

– Carl Jung, Collected Works Vol. 16, p45.