What is Psychoanalysis?


When we hear the word ‘psychoanalysis’, what thoughts spring to mind? Freud? Childhood? Delving into our deepest thoughts and feelings? 

Of course, there’s a lot more to psychoanalysis than that. While psychoanalysis was one of the earliest forms of therapy, do we know what it’s all about?

Psychoanalysis is based on the work of Sigmund Freud, who believed that the unacceptable thoughts of early childhood are banished to the unconscious mind but continue to influence thoughts, emotions and behaviour.

It can be defined as a technical procedure for investigating unconscious mental processes and for treating psychoneuroses.

“Repressed” feelings can surface later as conflicts, depression, etc. or through dreams or creative activities. The analyst seeks to interpret and make acceptable to the client’s conscious mind troublesome feelings and relationships from the past.

“Transference” onto the analyst, of feelings about figures in the client’s life, is encouraged.  This type of therapy can be a lengthy and intensive process.

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Psychoanalysis is often used for the treatment of:







Sexual dysfunction

Relationship problems

Character problems (e.g. painful shyness, hyperemotionality)

To find out more about this approach or another therapeutic approach that might be right for you, the profiles of our therapists are available here

Call the MyMind team at  076 680 1060 or send us an email at hq@mymind.org to make an appointment. 

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