I offer psychodynamic therapy, which aims to create for you a new, integrated experience of yourself through the discovery of aspects of your way of being that may have previously been unconscious to you. Below is some information about the practical aspects of therapy.
Who is it for?
Psychodynamic or psychoanalytic therapy is most suitable for people who seek, not just to relieve their symptoms, but to know themselves intimately. As well as being an effective treatment for a variety of mental health issues, it is also a refuge for people who are struggling with broad questions of identity, creativity, direction and meaning.
For this reason, I find this work particularly resonant with:
Healing professionals who may need some accompaniment in their own healing, or who wish to engage in a process of self exploration to support and protect their own work;
People in business or the corporate world who are ‘high functioning’ but struggling with underlying issues relating to meaning or sense of direction and self;
Creatives who are looking for support around blocks to reaching their potential;
People with more long standing concerns, relationship patterns or complex trauma that other kinds of help have not been able to resolve.
what happens in therapy?
After an initial period of my getting to know you and learning about your history, each session is a time for you to speak freely about whatever is on your mind. After a lifetime in our very structured world, this can feel strange or take a little getting used to. The time we have together has no agenda, so that we can make space to uncover what is truly urgent, intrinsic and as yet unheard within you.
Psychoanalytic therapy is typically an intensive, longer term self exploration, and is well suited to patients who feel ready and able to make room in their lives for this kind of commitment.
Because of the vulnerable and intimate nature of this work, I generally do not see patients on less than a weekly basis, and will usually suggest a break in treatment if this is not possible. It is also not uncommon to meet several times a week if this is suitable and feasible for you.