The SAPC unites under one organisation groups of clinicians from diverse professions whose therapeutic work is informed by psychoanalytic theory and its application. This approach concerns itself with the relationship between conscious and unconscious mental processes as well as with the relationship between the clinician and the patient or group. It is a therapeutic process which helps patients understand and resolve their problems by increasing their awareness of their inner world, its relation to their historical context, and its influence over their lives and past and present relationships. Psychoanalytic approaches are concerned not merely with symptom alleviation but with self-discovery and maturation. It aims for deep-seated change in personality and emotional development.