Sharadha Bain MSAPP BPC PSA Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Edinburgh

About Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Many people find that psychoanalytic psychotherapy is helpful in making fundamental changes to the way they feel about themselves, how they interact in relationships and how they experience life.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy offers a safe space in which you can talk openly about your difficulties, and together, with the help of your therapist, understand the origin of your struggles and find better and healthier ways of living. This can offer relief and bring a sense of new possibility.

Recognising that we all have an unconscious, psychoanalytic psychotherapy suggests there are many parts of ourselves of which we are not aware. It offers a deep understanding of how our early life relationships have shaped who we are and how we continue to live today.

It can often be surprising to see how heavily our present life choices are still heavily influenced by events in our early history. As we become aware of these connections between the past and the present, we are less limited by our history and can move forward in new ways.

The process of psychoanalytic psychotherapy is very different from talking to a friend or family member. While the familiar relationships in our lives are very important and can offer a lot of comfort, sometimes we might need more skilled support to deal with intense feelings, or address what’s happening in our life. In some situations, it can even be that family and friends are actually the source of our stress, and sessions with a professional therapist can be a safe harbour while we work out the complications in these other relationships.


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