About Therapy

How do counselling, psychotherapy and psychoanalytic therapy help?

These therapies harness the motivation you have to make change, stay close when things feel bad, and stay present on your journey of growth.

They are powerful in deepening insight into your emotions, thoughts, behaviours and values. When you are experiencing distress, therapy provides unique support for resolution and growth.

Through a therapeutic relationship, deeper patterns in the personality can loosen over time, heal and grow into something that create greater freedom in life.

Areas of experience include:
abuse, aggression, anxiety, attachment, avoidance, communication, custody, depression, emotional regulation, divorce, fixation, flexibility, healthy boundaries, impulse control, individuation, initiative, intimacy, intrusive thoughts, loss, maladaptive behaviour, mistrust, mood, openness, paranoia, patience, post traumatic stress, process addiction, relationships, rumination, separation, stress, tenacity, trauma, trust, and work situations.
Feelings of:
abandonment, anger, deprivation, despair, disempowerment, emptiness, envy, fear, frustration, grief, guilt, hate, hopelessness, hostility, humiliation, hurt, inferiority, insecurity, jealousy, loneliness, neglect, powerlessness, rage, rejection, sadness, self-doubt, and shame.

I work under the clinical management of your medical doctor for medicated conditions and substance treatment.

In a caring way, you are helped, guided and attended to which allows you to adjust internally. Positive changes in your lived external world can then follow, including greater calm, confidence and contentment.

How long does therapy take?

Therapy takes as long as a person needs, and is motivated. It can be relatively brief if the issue you want to work on resolves soon. It tends to be open ended when the focus is on-going personal growth.
 

How often is therapy ?

The frequency of therapy follows your needs and availability. The first meeting is an opportunity to assess that.
Initially there are two options in terms of frequency. Therapy can be either :

Intermittent and when needed in the form of a consultation
or
Weekly as brief dynamic counselling or psychotherapy

 

Brief dynamic counselling

After an initial consultation, you might choose to try counselling for a short period of time, typically less than three months.

Counselling is a brief focussed treatment to help you get through a rough patch or pressing situation.

Psychotherapy

I see psychotherapy as more long term than counselling, typically 3 months to several years.

The focus of treatment broadens to a wider range of issues and looks at underlying patterns of behaviour and emotional expression.

Psychoanalytic therapy

Psychoanalytic therapy works when a strong therapeutic relationship has been established, and your commitment is for several years.

Sessions increase from once to twice a week, and eventually possibly three times. You recline on the couch with the therapist just out of direct view.

This type of therapy is traditionally known as personality reconstruction. It is a “road less travelled”, but one that has lasting value for people determined to allow deep structural shifts to emerge.

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