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Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is based upon the idea that a person’s feelings or beliefs about themselves arise from experiences that occurred in early childhood and continue to affect them in their day-to-day lives now.
It is believed that these beliefs are unconscious and are often surrounded by defences that were formed early in life to protect the person from the pain or fear that they might have caused.
The therapy uses the concept of ‘free association’, which helps us to see patterns or links that help to uncover unconscious beliefs and to make them conscious.
Using the relationship you build with your therapist, you will begin to feel more in control of these difficult feelings or beliefs as you discover why they exist and it is from this position of discovery that you will move to a position of power to be able to make different, perhaps even better choices for yourself and your life.
as though we are doing a jigsaw together but without a complete picture
to look at to guide us. Together, we examine each piece to see where we
think it fits and, eventually, the more pieces we can put into place,
the clearer things become.
(c) Keith Potter 2014