While there are a number of different therapies available, at their core most approaches focus on getting to know more about yourself.
The different terms you often encounter such as psychodynamic counselling, psychotherapy or analysis, together with the ever increasing number of therapies offered, can be very confusing. Whilst these therapies may have different approaches, at their core however, most focus on helping individuals find happiness, confidence and passion in their life, together with a sense of meaning and fulfilment.
My approach is centred on the psychodynamic model, which posits that our earliest relationships and circumstances exert a great influence on our present ways of behaving, thinking and feeling, and that we are largely unaware of this. Research findings, including from related fields such as neuroscience and attachment theory, increasingly appear to support this.
Becoming aware of one’s own personal and typical patterns as they emerge in the relationship with the therapist leads to an increase in self knowledge and understanding, and the gaining of important emotional as well as intellectual insight. This can enable a person to feel more in control of their life and more able to make positive changes.
For a recent and accessible publication discussing the long term benefits of psychoanalysis, see the following link. Additional information on my training available in experience and qualifications sections.