Psychotherapy offers an invitation to speak, as freely and truthfully as you can, about what is most important to you.
Together, we will examine difficulties in relationships, at work, with sexuality, your body or identity, as they matter to you presently and practically, while making full use of the wealth of information from your unconscious, past and inner life. This approach can be useful to people who wish to forge their own solutions, as well as for people who wish to appreciate something difficult or confusing that has affected them over time. People who come to see me tend to feel overwhelmed or worn out by their circumstances, or have experience of traumatic events, otherness, oppression, unlovedness.
In psychoanalytic psychotherapy, symptoms are understood as psychic solutions that keep unbearable and potentially destabilising feelings and thoughts from our consciousness. When these symptoms cease to function properly, people begin to feel depressed, anxious, overwhelmed. Rather than treating symptoms as causes for illness that need to be removed, we will instead look at them as sources of knowledge that can help you (re)gain stability and adaptability in the future.
What we learn through this process will be gathered, reorganised and put together anew to open up different ways of relating, living, speaking and dreaming.
My professional practice abides by the Codes of Ethics of my professional membership organisation, the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), as well as that of my training institution, the SITE for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.