Each client I work with comes with a unique history and individual experiences that have made them the person they are today. I never forget this when I meet someone new and although I am trained in and follow a specific model, it is the client that ultimately discovers changes in themselves.
I use the psychodynamic model within my work which explores past experiences and relationships to help understand current situations and emotions. Many clients are aware that a particular situation is causing problems or a conflict within themselves, but still struggle to change it. Others may not understand why they feel or think in a way that negatively impacts their life and so are unable to move forward. The psychodynamic approach gives meaning to internal conflicts, unconscious defences and repetitive patterns of behaviour or thought processes.
The way clients feel and think about other people in their lives outside of therapy can often be repeated within therapy sessions. The relationship between client and therapist is therefore an important part of the therapeutic work, not only to enable clients to feel comfortable when talking about difficult subjects, but also to help them recognise why they feel and think in a certain way. By identifying underlying sources of problems and being more aware of the way we relate to and experience the world around us, we often feel a corresponding relief and clarity to symptoms.
I believe in working with my clients honestly and compassionately, and providing a space for them to express themselves fully.
Areas of focus
- Persecutory thoughts and negative patterns of thinking
- Social anxiety and panic attacks
- Communication and social withdrawal
- Body image and eating disorders
- Personal relationships/divorces and family dynamics
- Sexual, physical and emotional abuse
- Life changes- retirement, ageing, parenthood
- Bereavement and separation
- Work related stress
- Trauma and PTSD