Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy seeks to deeply explore your experience. Unlike counselling, which tends to be short-term and issue-focused, psychotherapy is long-term and can be open-ended. This affords time for things to emerge at a realistic pace and for long lasting change to occur. 

I practice an integration of existential-phenomenology and psychodynamic psychotherapy. 

‘Existential therapy’ is grounded in existential philosophy. As you might expect from its name, it deals with existential concerns; life, death, who we are, and how we find ourselves ‘here’ at all. Existential therapy understands human existence to be fraught with challenges and therefore doesn’t seek to medicalise or pathologise.

The ‘phenomenology’ part is a therapeutic practice that attends to experience directly. It studies how we are, in our lives, our relationships, and in the therapy room. By familiarising ourselves with our immediate experience, we get to know ourselves. 

Within the psychodynamic therapies, I draw particularly from attachment and relational therapy literature. These understand that our primary relationships and early years are formative. We learn ways of relating to the world, and to others, that we repeat, often outside our awareness. 

Integrating these approaches can shine a light on how we are being and reveal who we are in the context of our unique history. By gaining clarity, we can find ourselves feeling different and new possibilities can start to emerge.