I offer long-term individual psychotherapy, orientated by a psychoanalytic perspective.
What can psychotherapy help with? There may be a specific issue that needs to be talked about — bereavement, a break-up, problems at work. At other times it’s something less clearly defined — feeling sad, anxious, or disconnected. There may be questions about identity, sex and sexuality, social expectations. Maybe there are patterns of behaving and relating which are stuck, troubling, compulsive. Or just the sense that something isn’t quite working, even if it’s not clear exactly what that is.
Beginning therapy. Whatever it is that first brings someone to the consulting room, developing a sense of curiosity about the problem is an important part of psychotherapy. What’s going on? Where does it come from? Can things change? Psychotherapy provides a non-judgemental and confidential space in which to explore these questions, and the concerns they bring to light. This can involve talking about the past, family and relationships, and important life events. But we also pay attention to the unconscious, to dreams, fantasies, and whatever happens in everyday life, even if it seems insignificant or nonsensical.
Working psychoanalytically. Meeting regularly in an open-ended way, once or twice a week, it’s possible to find a new way of speaking and of being heard. Gradually, something is worked out, put into words, opening up a space to encounter yourself and your life in a new way. The emphasis in psychoanalysis is not on giving advice, making plans for self-improvement, or drawing up plans and intentions. Rather the focus is on your own understanding and solutions. This process takes time, but the changes that it brings about are profound and long-lasting.
Get in touch. If you’d like to make an initial appointment to talk about working together, please get in touch on 07747 728788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org