About Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

What is psychoanalytic psychotherapy?

We know that much of the mind is unconscious and complex. A psychoanalytic psychotherapist is trained to listen and gently draw attention to unconscious reasons for troubling behaviour, which have been forgotten or repressed.


How long does therapy take?

The length of time for this process varies. People suffering from  long-standing  symptoms and behaviour patterns need frequent meetings to maintain the momentum of exploring themselves and developing a deep and trusting relationship with the therapist. Two or three sessions per week for several years is typical.


Psychoanalytic psychotherapy can treat people troubled by:
  • Physical symptoms which have an underlying basis of anxiety and stress, including psychosomatic disorders
  • Reactive depression and other nervous disorders which are a reaction to anxiety and stress
  • Personality disorders
  • A history of failing relationships, or difficulties in forming a new relationship
  • Fears and phobias; difficulties with trauma, grief or life crises
  • Emotional, physical or sexual abuse, either recently or in the past, when this continues to cause difficulty in life

If you think you might benefit from psychotherapy, a referral to a qualified psychotherapist for an assessment can be made via the VAPP’s Referral Service  on  (03) 9428 2303.