What we might work with...
"My working definition of psychoanalysis is that it's the disciplined study of whatever it is people do not want to know about themselves." Warren S. Poland
In a fast-paced culture, having a sense of self is ever more important as a place where one can be more grounded.
I describe myself as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. That together in this relationship an increased awareness of how our inner worlds might influence relationships both past and present. It is not goal oriented, differentiating it from cognitive behavioural therapy that might focus on conscious change. The interest is in root causes of our conflicts, often by reflecting on past experience.
We can discuss the frequency of sessions and cost at our initial meeting. I am qualified to work psychodynamically and am registered as a psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (CPJA) – I can offer a safe and confidential space, with time to explore and address any difficulties and challenges that you feel are obstructing you from living a well-lived life.
I work with people experiencing the effects of many different issues, which may be labelled as poor self-esteem, depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, eating and body image issues, identity and relational problems, effectively a dis-ease with life.
I have gained in-depth experience of these specific areas and also have long-standing experience of many issues around addiction. I am very aware of the pain and confusion that addiction can cause, including for family members and close friends. I have ongoing experience of the value of talking to a trained, empathic and confidential ‘other'. I believe that great changes can happen by working within a therapeutic relationship; in this work, you may build upon the resources that you may find you already have, or facilitate the growth of new skills and capacities yet to be found; that in this supportive, honest and thoughtful relationship, creative growth is possible.
You may have wondered about some of the concerns below which we can work with:
Moderate to severe despondency and dejection, accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy; typically with a lack of energy and difficulty in maintaining concentration or interest in life, possibly leading to thoughts of suicide.
Stress typically describes a physical condition that can have an impact on a person's mental well-being; the body's reaction to a change that requires a mental or emotional adjustment or response.
At work and at home, when communication breaks down and there is a general lack of intimacy, where partners are frequently stressed, anxious and may be arguing constantly with each other, there is usually a deeper issue that is causing these symptoms.
Anxiety and Panic
The sudden onset of intense anxiety that may be characterised by feelings of intense fear and apprehension.
Alcohol and Addictions
Addiction is the continued use of a mood altering substance or behavior, despite adverse emotional and physical consequences to oneself or others, this may include alcohol or drug use, but may also relate to co-dependency.