As a professionally qualified and insured Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period to enable your ability to enhance your life and to live more fully.
I offer psychotherapy and supervision in person in Vauxhall, London, and online if needed. Depending on what you feel you need, I offer both long or short term psychotherapy and counselling.
Psychotherapy or counselling can help you work out what is troubling you. Talking about the difficult, sad, hopeless feelings and experiences you have in life, in relationships, and within yourself has been proven to have great benefits.
It may be that something unexpected has happened in your life, or that things have just piled up over the years and you are feeling overwhelmed and not able to cope. Psychotherapists and counsellors are trained to help think and talk about difficult things and to find ways to understand and work though them.
My experience and skills are in counselling people who struggle with these issues, amongst others:
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a talking and deep listening therapy. It works by thinking about your problems in the context of your life more broadly. Whatever brings you to therapy now will be the focus of our work. However, distress that you are feeling now may have a link to other times and experiences in your life. Sometimes, we are aware that there are patterns in our lives that we keep repeating – it will be our task together to look out for those and work through them.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy aims to help you to understand your current problems better by carefully uncovering the links between past and present experiences and patterns. In this approach your therapist is interested in how you experienced your early years of life, your childhood, what school was like for you, what your relationships with parents, siblings, and partners are like both now and in the past, any trauma you may have experienced and of course, what is going on for you now.
The relationship between you and your therapist assists with that process and is an important part of the work you do in therapy. Feelings of frustration, sadness, betrayal, anger, loss, anxiety, depression, a loss of meaning or purpose can be deep-seated. Psychodynamic psychotherapy does not offer quick solutions – instead, it offers you the chance to develop a gradually enhanced understanding of yourself, your relationships with other people and with the world around you.
The Peace of Wild Things (Wendell Berry)
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free