Psychoanalytical therapies

Psychoanalytical Therapies and Psychodynamic Therapies

ACCPH Psychoanalytical therapies approaches psychoanalysis and psychodymamicPsychoanalytical therapies and psychodynamic therapies are based on a person’s unconscious, (subconscious), thoughts and perceptions. It concentrates on those that developed during childhood and how these affect their present behaviours and thoughts. Some forms of this therapy are used more and more to work on present problems.

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Jungian analysis – Analytical Psychology

Jungian psychotherapy is a specific branch of psychodynamic therapy that works from the theories of Carl Jung, considered to be one of the forefathers of psychology. Jung called it Analytical Psychology to distinguish it from Freud’s psychoanalysis. It attempts to bring the conscious and unconscious elements of the psyche into balance.


Psychoanalysis was developed by Sigmund Freud. It focuses on unconscious, deep-rooted thoughts that usually originating in childhood. Techniques include free associations, dreams, fantasies, etc which are then analysed. The idea being that eventually clients learn how to interpret deeply buried memories or experiences that cause them distress. With this knowledge they then deal with their problems.

Psychoanalytic therapy

Psychoanalytic therapy is based on psychoanalysis and also focuses on clients unconscious thoughts are affecting them. It is less intensive than psychoanalysis.

Psychodynamic therapy

Psychodynamic therapy grew from psychoanalytic therapy and is again based unconscious thoughts and how they can affect present behaviour. Psychodynamic therapy is used to provide a quicker solution to present issues.

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