What is my approach?
You may have heard terms such as Freudian and wonder where I fit into the world of psychotherapy. Let me explain as briefly as possible.
I am a Psychodynamic Counsellor and a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist so I have two registrations.
I like to think the theory I use offers the best of a traditional analytic perspective and transforms it, through thinking systemically and intersubjectively, into something that addresses modern concerns.
I think about:
- How the individual’s personal history influences the way they think about the world.
- How people are constrained by current relationships.
- How the real world works.
Common sense is useful when people are behaving rationally but I can also bring a sophisticated insight when people behave in a way that at first sight appears quite irrational.
What does that mean in practice?
When I meet someone for the first time I establish a good enough rapport so they can explain what troubles them. I am then looking for clues as to why things are quite so difficult and starting to formulate some ideas about what might make a difference.
Those who come are usually intelligent, thoughtful people who have already tried everything they know. I contribute something new, drawing on my experience and the theoretical insight a professional training develops.
Having clarified the problem and introduced some new perspectives I am thinking about how to work best with this particular individual and tailor the therapy to their strengths so we can confront difficult issues together.
We meet for 50 minutes weekly, sitting comfortably in a pleasant room to talk in a way that reduces the emotional pressure. As we get some insight it becomes easier to tolerate, or avoid, the patterns that habitually result in distress.
What problems have I dealt with?
I see ordinary people who have found themselves, because of circumstances, in the unusual situation of being less able to cope and needing help to navigate the choppy waters to get back on track.
Relationships floundering, work stress, and the knock on effect of traumatic events propel people to contact me.
In private practice I cannot see people with severe difficulties who need a team approach. People often delay coming because they think there are others much worse off than them, but it is always a pleasure to help deal with a problem before it becomes too ingrained.
If it becomes clear that the problems are interpersonal, e.g. involving family or partners I might invite the partner to come and engage in a constructive dialogue as a couple if they would like to.
Occassionally it is helpful for people to move on from individual sessions and work with others interested in the same issues.
Will my qualifications and experience give you the confidence to work with me?
Making an appointment
If you are thinking of working with me, it would be helpful if you email me and we can discuss whether or not we might work well together.
I like to have an initial consultation to explore this further. I am always happy to advise on other sources of help or assist you to find exactly the right person for you. Fees start from £70.
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