The Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists

About Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

What is Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that aims to help people understand more about themselves, their unconscious motivations and any unhelpful patterns of behaviour so that they are in a better position to meet the challenges in life.  This kind of therapy requires a trusting relationship with the therapist.  To develop and maintain this level of trust, sessions are ordinarily scheduled more frequently that in most other forms of psychotherapy.  Once, twice or three times a week for some time is typical.

How long does therapy take?

The length of time for this process varies.  It is not unusual for people to be engaged in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for a year or even several years.

Some of our members offer short term time limited psychotherapy.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy can help people with:

  • A history of failing relationships, or difficulties in forming new relationships
  • Physical symptoms which may be related to anxiety and stress
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Personality problems
  • Fears and phobias
  • Trauma
  • Grief or life crises

Finding a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

If you think you might benefit from psychotherapy, you can contact one of our members listed on the Find a Psychotherapist page of this website.

Soon the Reduced Fee Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Service will be available to those who may not otherwise be able to afford this therapy.  There will be a notice on our News Page when this service becomes available.