Psychotherapy in Primrose Hill, North London
You may not know what you are looking for, what the various kinds of therapies are, or even whether a talking therapy is right for you. Sometimes it can even be hard to know what is wrong, or whether your concerns are valid. In these situations I can offer a consultation, which is partly an assessment and partly a psychodynamic exploration of your concerns, and then a recommendation, which may be treatment with myself, or an onward referral if I am not able to meet your needs, or simply a stand-alone meeting.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is an open exploration of your thoughts and feelings, which leads into an uncovering of the unconscious factors that lie behind your difficulties. What we cannot face knowing about often becomes something "unconscious", which means left out of awareness, but remaining active beneath the surface, influencing our personality, so leading to intractable problems. The psychodynamic exploration provides an opportunity, and support, for learning about our whole selves at depth, so freeing up our mind to address our situation more honestly and more effectively.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is not like most other psychological therapies. It is not about solving problems or learning new skills. The scope is more profound and the process is more searching, slower and longer lasting.
In brief, the aim is to deepen self-knowledge and self-acceptance in a lasting way, by entering into a particular kind of relationship with a therapist. This relationship is often long lasting, over some years, and comes to involve a level of openness and honesty that is not possible elsewhere in our daily lives. The relationship with one’s therapist may be likened to that with a close family member, who knows you well, perhaps better than you know yourself, but it differs in that the relationship is not a mutual friendship, but a professionalised focus on you and your mind. Unconscious beliefs and feelings inevitably find an expression in the therapy, and in the evolving relationship with the therapist, providing an opportunity for learning from this live emotional experience.
The raw material I work with is your day to day thoughts, your dreams, and the stream of consciousness that passes through your mind as you are present within the session. We will sit down and talk and I will invite you to speak freely and to say whatever is on your mind. We will meet once a week at the same time and for the same duration - 50 minutes. If you feel that you would benefit from further sessions, there may be a possibility of meeting twice a week.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy can help with a range of difficulties, but will be more applicable to those looking to understand and develop something within their personality in a longer term process of exploration. Psychotherapy might also be helpful to those who have found counselling useful but who are now looking to go "deeper" into things and to build sustained change in their lives. The approach may frustrate those that are looking for direct advice, or to learn specific coping strategies.
Please note that I do not offer medico-legal services (such as reports for compensation claims).
I also do not accept Medical Insurance payments.
I do not provide a crisis service or prescribe medication.
Consultation £140 (90 mins)
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I reserve three slots at a reduced fee. Please get in touch to find out if I have availability.