Psychoanalytic psychotherapy takes place in a private and confidential setting, and involves an interactive and collaborative process between patient and therapist. This process is suitable for anyone who wishes to develop greater self-awareness, and a deeper understanding of their relationships with others. People from all walks of life seek therapy for many different issues. Sometimes there is a very specific reason, but in other cases the immediate cause of distress is less apparent. The establishment, over time, of a trusting and genuine relationship between the patient and the therapist, greatly contributes to the successful outcome of psychotherapy.
How does psychoanalytic psychotherapy work?
This type of treatment is designed to work with complex and deep-rooted difficulties, which may have built up over a long period of time, often from childhood. These difficulties may present themselves in relation to a specific life problem, or in a less-focussed way; for example, a generalised feeling of anxiety, sadness or emptiness. Chronic and difficult problems, because of their complexity and long-standing nature, generally require time to disentangle and work through.
I aim to attend closely to whatever you bring to your sessions, in order that we may explore and try to understand the less conscious aspects of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour, which may be contributing to the suffering and distress you are experiencing.
At times, I may explore how some of the emotional difficulties you bring to therapy may be experienced in your relationship with me. This enables us to attend to areas of emotional conflict first-hand, and to work on them in an immediate and productive way. Gaining insight into the nature of underlying emotional conflicts can bring relief, and also opens up the possibility of changing unhelpful patterns which were previously repeated without awareness.
In psychoanalytic psychotherapy it is not uncommon for people to attend sessions two, three or four times a week. Meeting more frequently than once-weekly greatly helps continuity of care, and allows for an in-depth exploration of emotional problems. Whatever the frequency of treatment, making a commitment to the therapeutic process in terms of time and openness to work on entrenched difficulties is extremely important if such conflicts are to change.
I respect and value diversity, and aim to adopt an unbiased and accepting approach when engaging with areas of difference such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, class, age, culture and nationality.
I have completed rigorous and thorough clinical trainings, and have worked in the field of mental health for two decades. I have also undertaken many years of high-frequency personal psychotherapy and psychoanalysis myself. This experience enables me to work in depth with my patients, and to know first-hand what it is like to be a patient in this form of treatment.
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It is not uncommon to feel hesitant or unsure about seeking help. In our preliminary session(s) there is an opportunity for us to meet each other and explore whether therapy might be helpful to you. There is no commitment to ongoing work at this stage. If however, you decide you would like to continue, we would agree regular days and times to meet on an ongoing basis.
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