A psychoanalyst offers a patient a relationship in which to explore their emotions, behaviours and patterns of thought that may be the source of distressing symptoms or troubling personality traits. Because these sources can be complex and unconscious, the advice of friends and family, the reading of self-help books, or even the most determined efforts of will, often fail to provide relief. Psychoanalysis is a highly effective psychological treatment that improves the lives of many people.
From the beginning of therapy, patient and analyst work together to build up a safe and trusting relationship that enables the patient to experience aspects of his or her inner life.
Psychoanalysts are specifically trained to work in this intensive, dedicated manner in a close collaboration with each patient. To promote the kind of growth and change that analysis aims to accomplish requires time and energy, therefore, analytic treatment is open-ended.
What is a Consultation?
Consultations consist of two appointments. This provides an opportunity for a person to talk about what has brought them to consider a psychoanalytic approach, and to get an idea of what analytic treatment is like. Some people find a psychoanalytic consultation a therapeutic and helpful experience in itself and may choose not to progress further.
For others who wish to progress further, the consulting analyst will discuss next steps and, bearing in mind the nature of the difficulties, the practicalities of having treatment, and what is affordable, a referral for psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy might be recommended.
Who can make an application?
Applications must be completed by the person seeking. Go to Applications - see navigation bar.
Clinicians in the community, schools, colleges, universities or other services may provide supporting recommendation to a patient’s application.
Cost of Consultation
Consultations will be charged at the rates advised by the Consultant.
If the psychoanalyst to whom you have been referred is a clinical psychologist or social worker, for example, your two consultations will be subsidized by the Australian Psychoanalytic Foundation. You will be required to pay a small fee to your Clinic Consultant.
If the psychoanalyst to whom you have been referred is a medical practitioner, you will need visit your GP to obtain a referral in order to make a claim on Medicare. There will be a small gap fee to your Clinic Consultant.
If you are unclear on the fees payable for Consultations, you should ask your practitioner for full details before proceeding.
What next ?
The Winn Clinic, having reviewed the recommendations from your Consultant, can help arrange for you to be referred to an independent mental health practitioner for treatment. Go to Referral Service.
How can I find out more?
For further information about The Winn Clinic, please get in touch:
The Winn Clinic Sydney
Clinic Director: Ms Louise Hird
Perinatal Service Sydney
Head of Perinatal Service: Ms Sonia Wechsler
The Winn Clinic Melbourne
Clinic Directors: Dr Teresa Russo & Ms Kathryn Bays