The IFPP is one of the accrediting bodies in this country for psychoanalytic practitioners working with adults, and is one of the six members of the Psychoanalytic Section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy. Membership is in line with the European Association of Psychotherapy standards; it is restricted to those with an appropriate formal training in psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy or analytical psychology.
All full members of the IFPP should be eligible to receive the European Certificate of Psychotherapy which is awarded by the European Association of Psychotherapy.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is a process which takes place in a relationship between psychotherapist and client who work together to explore the client’s distress and difficulties. The psychoanalytic approach is based on the understanding that memories and feelings that were too painful or disturbing for the person to bear were repressed in the unconscious where they continued to exert a powerful, but hidden, influence on the individual’s life. We may become aware of this phenomenon in our lives when, to our dismay, we discover that we have been repeating over and over again, patterns of relationships or life choices that we belatedly recognize were destined to bring us pain from the outset.
The psychoanalytic process opens up an ongoing revelation of our hidden selves. In practice, it takes the form of the client talking, encouraged by the psychotherapist to say whatever comes to mind. The therapist listens with great care to what is being said. As the therapy proceeds, this experience of freedom to speak leads to increased spontaneity and ease in the client who becomes more able to acknowledge and express feelings and thoughts that had been deeply buried and link these to current experiences.
Activities of the IFPP:
Regular clinical meetings and seminars are given by members. Speakers from home and abroad are also invited. Meetings of more general interest are held and are open to the public. The IFPP publishes a journal with articles of theoretical and clinical interest in psychotherapy which offers an opportunity for discussion and the exchange of views between people of different trainings and background.
Fully registered members of the IFPP offer psychoanalytic psychotherapy to:
- the general public
- trainee psychotherapists and counsellors
- supervision is available to psychotherapists, counsellors and mental health workers and others who may present from related fields of work.
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