Letters Psychoanalysis debate

Psychoanalytical psychotherapy is distinct from psychoanalysis

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1795 (Published 14 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1795
  1. Jo O’Reilly, consultant psychiatrist and psychoanalyst1,
  2. Luigi Caparrotta, consultant psychiatrist and psychoanalyst1
  1. 1Camden and Islington Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. oreillyread{at}blueyonder.co.uk

We support Lemma and Fonagy’s view that psychoanalysis has a valuable place in modern mental health services1 and would like to add some further points.

Psychoanalysis is an intensive form of treatment and available mainly in the private and voluntary sectors. Psychoanalytical psychotherapy, usually once weekly, either individual or in a group, is an important NHS treatment. It is misleading to …

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