Analysis and psychotherapy offer the individual the opportunity to talk through worries, difficulties or needs in a secure, confidential setting. Analysis is suitable for a wide range of people and issues (see ‘Who can benefit from analysis and psychotherapy?). An individual meets with an analyst regularly for 50 minute sessions, anything from once to five times a week, in order to talk about themselves and their difficulties (see also What happens in analysis and psychotherapy?)
Meeting four or five times a week is often called analysis, and meeting once, twice or three times a week is often called psychotherapy. Some people use the term counselling either to describe any kind of psychological help or to describe short-term work on a specific difficulty.
There are a number of different terms for different forms of psychological help – from psychoanalytic psychotherapy to psychodynamic counselling (see Counselling – terminology). The members of the SAP offer analysis, psychotherapy and short-term work based on the ideas of C.G. Jung, but also with regard to the many other developments in the field of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis over the last century.
Analysis and psychotherapy are able to bring about deep-seated change, when that is called for, rather than just ‘papering over’ the difficulties involved. It has been shown to be a very effective means of treatment (see post on Effectiveness). Jungian analysis and psychotherapy can also help with more short-term difficulties, where our analysts can bring their expertise of working at depth to bear on specific difficulties.