About The Winn Clinic

The Winn Clinic is named after Dr Roy Winn who was one of the founders of psychoanalysis in Australia after WW1.

Could psychoanalysis be the right treatment for you?

When people ask about psychoanalysis, they usually want to know about psychoanalytic treatment. Psychoanalytic treatment explores how unconscious factors affect current relationships and patterns of thought, emotion and behaviour. These unconscious factors may be the source of considerable distress and unhappiness, sometimes in the form of recognizable symptoms and at other times as troubling personality traits, difficulties in work and /or in love relationships, or disturbances in mood and self-esteem. Because these forces are 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.

People from all walks of life seek psychoanalytic treatment for many different reasons. For some there is a very particular problem whilst others seek treatment because they feel worried or depressed in a more general way. For example, they may be feeling aimless or dissatisfied with their professional life, or unable to form satisfactory personal or sexual relationships. Some may be feeling in more acute states of despair. For others there may be a sense that their life lacks sufficient direction or meaning.

Psychoanalytic treatment is not superficial or about intellectual problem solving.The task of the psychoanalyst is not only to listen carefully to the patient but also to try and understand, from what is being communicated verbally and non-verbally, the patient’s underlying emotional conflicts. Analysis is an intimate partnership, in the course of which the patient becomes aware of the sources of his or her difficulties not simply intellectually but emotionally as well. 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 that have been hidden because they are painful, embarrassing or guilt provoking.

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.

Our consultation service is here to help you decide

The Winn Clinic can help you find the right treatment with consultation from a qualified and experienced psychoanalyst. A psychoanalytic consultation can help you to think about what is going on in your life, perhaps at a time of difficulty. It may be helpful in its own right or it may result in a decision to go into analysis or analytic psychotherapy.

If that is the case, our Clinic Referral Service can put you in touch with a psychoanalyst for private treatment. Alternatively, we offer a reduced-fee psychoanalytic service through the Clinic – although places are limited.

If you would like to arrange a consultation, please go to: 

Adult Application for Consultation (Sydney) 

Adult Application for Consultations (Melbourne) 

or if you are interested in the Winn Clinic Perinatal Service, please complete an application, see below:

Perinatal Services Application for Mothers 

Perinatal Application for Fathers

Thank you to Estelle Hogan for allowing us to use her painting Seven Sisters on our brochure and website.  Estelle is a senior Spinifex artist whose country is Paltatatjara.