Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic therapies are based on an individual’s unconscious thoughts and perceptions that have developed throughout their childhood, and how these affect their current behaviour and thoughts. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy seeks to increase awareness of our inner world and unconscious patterns
Psychoanalysis was developed by Sigmund Freud and focuses on an individual’s unconscious, deep-rooted thoughts that often stem from childhood. Psychoanalysis relies on the method of ‘Free Association’ (developed by Sigmund Freud). The process entails saying whatever comes into your head without giving any conscious direction to those thoughts. Alongside dream interpretation and analytic transference, free association is helpful in collecting valuable unconscious material to be worked with in sessions.
Based on Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Therapy also focuses on how an individual’s unconscious thoughts are influencing them. However, Psychoanalytic Therapy is usually less intensive than Psychoanalysis.
Psychodynamic Therapy evolved from Psychoanalytic Therapy and seeks to discover how unconscious thoughts affect current behaviour. Psychodynamic Therapy usually focuses on more immediate problems and attempts to provide a quicker solution.