Good psychological health is what distinguishes those who achieve more satisfaction from work and in their relations with others from those who do not.
Our mind is our most valuable asset. It motivates and drives us to work and to relate to others, enables us to experience pleasure, to discern, to acquire knowledge and innovate and it regulates the good functioning of our body.
Through our mind we experience feelings and have developed the capacity for empathy and conscience.
Our mind is used to make choices - and life is about choices.
The psychotherapy I practice is informed by psychoanalysis while also keeping in mind developments in neuroscience and developmental psychology. The aim is to help clients achieve more satisfaction in their lives and to meet challenges more effectively through an improved understanding of how their particular mind works.
Why do people seek psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy or counselling?
Most people seek psychotherapy because there is something about the way they behave, relate to others or experience life or work that they find unsatisfactory or un-pleasurable and they think they want to stop behaving, relating or experiencing in this way. Clients come with symptoms or other ways of describing what it is they would like to change, like the following:
• Failing personal and work relationships
• Obsessive or compulsive thoughts and behaviours
• Low self esteem
• Lack of motivation
• Overwhelming feelings – sadness, fear, anger
The work is about understanding why a symptom or way of experiencing or relating in the world has developed. But it remains a client’s choice as to how he or she uses this new understanding in his or her life.
What to expect – the psychoanalytically informed approach to psychotherapy and counselling
Psychoanalytic theory is based on the idea that our early experiences and relationships influence the way our minds develop and form a kind of internal blueprint of ideas and thoughts through which we understand and make sense of the external world in adulthood. How our mental functioning develops affects the way in which we relate to our external environment in all its various dimensions – relationships, work, business, authority and the diverse challenges that we may experience in our lives – it is the paradigm through which we experience.
Some of these early ideas or thoughts and associated wishes or desires are kept in our unconscious (out of our awareness or conscious thought) because they are in conflict with our understanding of the demands/requirements of the external world – society, cultural ideas, parental or authority demands or our own assimilated ideas or demands. This repression ensures that these incompatible or conflictual wishes or thoughts remain unconscious. When feelings and thoughts associated with repressed ideas are triggered by events in the present the resultant conflict presents in the form of symptoms like those described above.
The work involves exploring thoughts, ideas, wishes and feelings with a therapist whose interventions are designed to help the client to understand and bring to awareness what is not yet understood by him/her. The therapist is not there to tell or advise a client what to do, nor does the therapist judge.
Entering into therapy is a commitment in terms of time and money. It is an important and valuable undertaking that can deliver deep structural change, transforming experience. There are no quick fixes, however much we would like this to be the case.
I offer three assessment sessions. As well as allowing me to understand more about what brings you to therapy and whether I think this way of working can help you, these sessions allow you to experience me and the way I work before making a commitment to starting therapy with me. You are not obligated to attend all three assessment sessions if after the first you decide you wish to proceed no further. After assessment we will decide whether we wish to work together and if so on what basis.
Fees for ongoing work are subject to agreement at the end of assessment but please enquire by email as to current rates. Concessionary rates (including for assessment) are offered on a needs basis and subject to availability, so please enquire.