What is psychoanalysis?
Psychoanalysis is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that seeks to reveal and understand what Sigmund Freud called ‘the unconscious mind'. It involves working with a client's thoughts and experiences to help them arrive at an understanding of what they may be feeling at a deeper level, and how some of these feelings may be causing their current difficulties.
Some claim that psychoanalysis has a limited scope, and that it is restricted to ideas arising out of the theories of Freud, Melanie Klein and other thinkers concerned principally with the effects of experiences we undergo at a very young age. However, there are many other psychoanalytical approaches which take a far broader view of the way our experiences influence us.
How has the practice of psychoanalysis developed?
Although psychoanalysis has its roots in Freud's work, it has grown to take in the work of Karl Jung and analytical psychology; the Lacanian or French school; and the phenomenological, existential, and other related schools. Psychoanalysis also draws on philosophy. Many of the ideas that have informed the practice of psychoanalysis incorporate the insights of thinkers such as Plato, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, and Nietzsche.
In our practice, we draw on this wider tradition of psychoanalysis, particularly the analytical psychology of Karl Jung, phenomenology, existentialism and the work of important thinkers such as Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, Soren Kierkegaard, R.D. Laing, David Cooper, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Julia Kirsteva, Martin Heidegger, Gilles Deleuze, Friedrich Nietzsche, and the ancient Greeks (e.g. Parmenides and Plato).