Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic Counselling

Therapy and Counselling can be helpful for issues such as: 

  • Loneliness, emptiness, relationship difficulties
  • Fear, panic, anxiety and stress
  • Suicidal feelings, crisis and breakdown
  • Long and short term depression
  • Destructive patterns, addictions, phobias, eating disorders, self harm, obsessional behaviour
  • Sexual problems
  • Identity confusion
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Impact of rape, child abuse, violence or trauma
  • Impact of discrimination, oppression, racism, exploitation
  • Problems at work, unemployment or bullying

What Is Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is a talking therapy which draws on theories and practises of analytical psychology and psychoanalysis. 

It is a therapeutic process which helps people understand and resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and it's influence over relationships both past and present. 

It differs from other therapies in aiming for deep seated change in personality and emotional development. 

The therapist does not give advice but facilitates an environment where clients can explore the unconscious forces which influence their lives. 

As self knowledge deepens, people may experience not only relief from their symptoms but also a new inner strength which can be a foundation for sustained positive change. 

The relationship with the therapist is a crucial element in the therapy. The time is yours; the focus is on you and your issues, therefore the therapist will not share much information about herself. 

She will respect your personal history, your individual journey and the stage you are at at all times during your sessions. 

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy may benefit many people who experience a loss of meaning in their lives or who are seeking a greater sense of fulfilment. 

For most people their therapy is an intensely personal and deeply emotional experience. Some may feel their lives have been changed for the better in a profound way. 

What Is Psychodynamic Counselling?

The task of counselling is to enable the client to resolve "here and now" problems and to express thoughts and feelings which are being held or blocked. It can be especially useful when there is a short term focus in mind and in situations of crisis management, when ordinary support systems have broken down. 

In regular confidential sessions the counsellor facilitates an environment, based on an assessment of the individual client, in which they can feel capable of reaching their full potential. 

Psychotherapy includes these things but also involves a much deeper exploration of the personality from very early childhood. Most everyday problems can be helped using counselling whereas deeper long term problems usually require psychotherapy. 

Psychodynamic counselling is derived from psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. It stresses the importance of unconscious and past experiences in determining our current behaviour and feelings. 

The counsellor will therefore be more proactive in exploring with the client their past experiences, behaviour patterns and ways of relating with others and in working with the client to develop a different, more appropriate way of being in relation to the issues presented.

Equal Opportunities

I am fully committed to equal opportunities and offer the same standards of service and professionalism to all regardless of age, race, gender, culture, disability, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs.