I work with high-achieving and creative people, busy professionals who bring a variety of difficulties and anxieties.
I have experience of working with people who:
I did my clinical training at wpf (formerly Westminster Pastoral Foundation) and have a post-graduate diploma in psychodynamic studies. I have an MA from Cambridge University.
I am additionally trained in dialectical behaviour therapy, which is a form of CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy). I have experience of working with people who have been told they have borderline personality disorder or borderline traits, those who have suffered trauma, and those in a state of extreme emotional distress.
I also interested in offending behaviour and the criminal justice system; mothers and babies (including fear of giving birth and post-natal depression); fathering; marginalised people.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a talking cure characterized by attention to 'boundaries'. The therapy is once or twice a week, for 50 minutes, at the same time and place.
This can come as an unpleasant reality that can seem absurd in the high-pressure world of, for example, a senior professional.
Why can't I make an appointment when I like, may be when I'm feeling a bit low? Because the meaning of psychotherapy is not to gratify immediate needs; it is to build a context in which needs can be examined and thought about.
The work of psychotherapy is exploratory, creative and enlightening without being ‘directive’. It aims to shed light on patterns of relating, making links to past experiences, and disentangling the underlying complexities within the context of external reality. It aims to provide insight and understanding by getting to 'the heart of the matter'.
In this way you can begin to move on, make key changes, and find greater fulfilment in relationships, work and recreation. Psychotherapists' work is furnished by a knowledge of theory, a knowledge of case history, their own experience and personal psychotherapy, and acute insight and intuition.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is designed for regular, once- or twice-weekly sessions of 50 minutes.
It is usually ‘open-ended’ in nature. There is no way of knowing at the start how the psychotherapy is going to proceed. However, time-limited counselling is also a possibility for people who have a specific, clear focus for work over twelve or sixteen or more sessions.
If you have any questions about how Psychodynamic Psychotherapy works, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is flexible.
Anyone who wants to reflect on life experiences, gain insight, make connections, and think about feelings and emotions can find it helpful.
You might consider counselling if you find you are struggling with any of the following:
You do not by any means need to present a difficulty such as these in order to have therapy.
You might just want help in thinking about your life.
You might feel you are generally unhappy for no apparent reason, or you might be going through a crisis that feels overwhelming or confusing.
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