People seek a therapist for many reasons and at different stages of life. Some through a point of crisis, others through a sense of deep sadness, lack of direction, or feeling of not belonging. Whatever it is that brings you to look for help, you may find that speaking about your difficulties to someone who is trained to listen carefully may affect you in many ways.
I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working mainly with adults. People come who are suffering for different reasons. These might include depression, anxiety, broken or difficult relationships, bereavement, loss, or crises of identity.
Together we will work at your pace. Usually this spans the medium or long term. I am available for short term therapy if there is a specific issue you wish to address.
Psychotherapy takes place at least once a week at an agreed time. Some people choose to attend more frequently than this.
While short-term approaches focus on resolving immediate issues, psychoanalysts believe the symptoms people bring that are causing them distress can be traced back to a deeper disquiet and that even if they are “cured” in the short term, they are likely to return a different fashion. Psychoanalysis requires more time than other talking therapies. It is this time that allows you to look at your life in more detail, to explore patterns of behaviour and enduring beliefs developed over the course of your life which are no longer helping you. Over time, through trust, it may become possible to approach some of the wishes and fears that might be traced to the origins of your distress. Psychoanalysis requires at least twice weekly sessions.
Both psychotherapy and psychoanalysis can involve talking about your history and early family relationships. They take into consideration the wider social environment and its impact on how you are today. You will be helped to understand your experiences through your own words and in your own way. There will be space for you to think about how you want to be for yourself.