The Institute of Psychoanalysis
“A UK wide and international community of professionals, dedicated to helping people enhance their lives through an intensive talking therapy, psychoanalysis.”
The institute of Psychoanalysis, with its rich history, has been home to some of the most influential figures in the field of psychology such as Melanie Klein, Anna Freud and Wilfred Bion. The institute boasts its well trained 400 members who have contributed to psychoanalysis greatly in the last hundred years, the first being Sigmund Freud who wrote the first psychoanalytical paper in 1911.
Psychoanalysis is a Freudian type of psychological treatment which can improve the mental state and well-being of an individual. There are times when emotions feel overwhelming. People might feel lost or scared and this is where a psychoanalyst can help an individual to work through the difficulties they face within themselves.
Psychoanalytic treatment consists of meeting with a specialist on a regular basis for sessions that can last 50 minutes to an hour. This confidential structure gives the individual a chance to connect with themselves and their often unconscious state of mind to gain a better and deeper understanding of what is happening with their emotions and why it is happening.
Sometimes people are known to bottle up their emotions or ignore them leading to destructive behaviours and unhappy relationships. However, seeking help from a professional psychoanalyst has been proven to significantly lessen or stop psychological suffering and instead improving mental well-being and clearing space for happiness and fulfilment in life.
It is possible seek help through the institute if you are feeling depressed or anxious and there are many benefits in choosing and institution-trained psychoanalyst.
As a new psychology student, you might be aware that it is not always possible to get full psychoanalysis in the NHS, however institute-trained professionals do work for the NHS and it is possible to get less intensive forms of psychoanalytic treatment.
Having recently attended an event with panellists working in different fields of psychology, both of the Counselling, psychoanalysis/psychotherapist practitioners there agreed that they only decided to enter their respective paths after several years of life experience. They may not have even considered mental health occupations in their late teens/early twenties. They advised psychology students to talk to and visit a Counsellor or try to gain any sort of experience working in the same environment, even if they feel mentally well, to see what the job entails and whether they could imagine themselves sitting on the opposite side of the table.
What is fascinating about working within the field of psychology is that the pathways to reaching your career are very flexible. You could work in the world of business, or have a degree in law or literature, as many of the institute members do, but in the end you could find yourself with a psychology based qualification or PHD working as a professional counsellor or psychoanalyst.
Therefore, I recommend anyone interested in psychology and psychoanalysis to keep their options open and take every opportunity handed to them. The more experience you gain in different sectors of the work environment, specifically a psychology based work environment, the better you can choose your own future and career.
To find out more please visit http://psychoanalysis.org.uk