my approach to psychotherapy

With such a wide range of therapies available, it can be difficult to choose which one is right for you. Some approaches are better suited to particular issues, while others can be used to help with a wide range of conditions.

I specialise in dynamic psychotherapy, which is an effective approach to tackling a range of mental health conditions by digging deep into the root cause of symptoms through self-reflection and using the therapeutic relationship as a window into unwanted patterns in the patient’s life.

Its goal is not only to alleviate the most obvious symptoms, but to effect positive, lasting change, helping each and every one of my patients lead healthier, happier lives.

Psychodynamic Therapy: Exploring the Unconscious Life

My approach to working with patients is psychodynamic and pluralistic in nature. This means that I draw on broad and diverse contributions from Jungian (also referred to as analytical or depth psychology), Freudian (known as psychoanalysis) and Phenomenological schools, representing the richness and diversity of therapeutic perspectives on unconscious life, the source of human distress and the therapeutic encounter.

Psychotherapy – Tackling the Root Cause of Your Problems

A structured, pluralistic approach responds to the specific needs of patients, respecting the differences between them.

Psychotherapists working psychodynamically seek to increase patients' autonomy and freedom by working through an issue or problem at the source, rather than managing symptoms, leaving the patient unable to cope the next time pangs of anxiety strike.

My Combined Approach to Therapy

The way I like to think about it is that psychoanalysis provides a foundation and a springboard to further and deeper exploration provided by analytical psychology, whereas phenomenology keeps all the work and the exploration grounded.

Psychotherapy - A Holistic Approach to Promote Wellness

I have special appreciation and interest in Jungian thought, which is orientated towards the future.

Jungian therapy is built on the idea that the unconscious is a source of wisdom that can help promote psychological growth. One of its core tenets is that when we stop living “in the flow” and our authentic self becomes blocked, mental health issues can emerge and develop into depression, addiction etc. This then leads to destructive relationship patterns within our lives.

Rather than focusing on specific symptoms, such as panic attacks, Jungian therapy employs a holistic approach to promote wellness throughout the entire personality.

Each treatment is tailored to the specific individual being treated and strives to help the patient delve into the deeper, sometimes darker, elements of their mind to uncover their “true” self, rather than who they present to the world.

Above all, Jungian therapy is relational and it places the connection at the centre of the therapeutic process. 

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - The Benefits are Clear

People pursue psychotherapy for many different reasons.

Many have a quiet desire of a more meaningful existence, feeling unfulfilled by the lack of joy and contentment in their lives, others may experience persistent melancholy. Some people find themselves in unfulfilling relationships, whilst others struggle to maintain meaningful connections. The sea of potential causes of distress is vast.

Some curious folks are simply tempted to examine the depth of their innermost self and explore the possibilities that lay ahead for them once they unlock their potential.
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“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Victor Frankl

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