Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a talking treatment based on a technique called psychoanalysis developed by Freud at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Since then this technique was developed and is now used all over the world in various theoretical approaches.
The main idea behind this approach is to study the unconscious mechanisms that push people to act in order to allow them to better connect with themselves and other people. Therapy is a space supporting a more conscious way of life, enhancing the mind to use its full potential and freedom to think about important issues about oneself, the internal states and the ways of connecting with the world.
Psychotherapy in my view is about finding the resources you need to manage your life in an optimal way. It is a space created in the relationship between the therapist and the patient, in which the patient can deal with those issues in his life that are important and basic, but often difficult and hidden. Such issues are his memories, feelings, beliefs, aspirations and ways of interpreting the world and, consequently, his reactions to the world. Confronting your own, well-established patterns of behaviour, feeling and understanding them is the first step towards changing them to more mature and your own. The psychotherapeutic relationship is a dynamic and rich source of information and change.