Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
in Helston, Cornwall.
in Helston, Cornwall.
There are many reasons why someone might decide to seek psychoanalytical therapy. You may be facing an unexpected life situation that you find difficult to cope with (separation, bereavement, illness, redundancy…) or are struggling with painful and unsettling feelings such as sadness, anger or anxiety. Psychotherapy not only significantly reduces psychological suffering, but improves health and wellbeing and opens up the capacity to live a more fulfilling life.
Psychoanalysis is an invitation to speak— not only about what worries and troubles you, but simply about the things that matter to you.
Instead of ready-made answers or advice, I offer a safe space, free from judgement, where you can learn to listen to yourself and be heard without preconceptions. By doing so, you can come to a better understanding of who you are and what prevents you from leading a richer, more meaningful life.
WHAT IS PSYCHOANALYSIS?
Psychoanalysis is a form of talking therapy and therapeutic method created in the late nineteenth century by the Viennese physician and neurologist Sigmund Freud. Psychoanalysis recognises the influence of the unconscious and sees that our conscious thoughts and feelings are largely determined by unconscious impressions and desires, which we are not only unaware of, but can often be at odds with our conscious beliefs and wants.
Psychoanalysis not only significantly reduces psychological suffering, but improves health and wellbeing and opens up the capacity to live a more fulfilling life.
As a theory of the human mind Psychoanalysis is constantly evolving, responding in a questioning and thoughtful way to the ever changing worlds we live in. Psychoanalysts use this knowledge and understanding to better help the people they treat.
WHY HAVE THERAPY?
The decision to speak about what worries and troubles us, does not necessarily need to be the result of a life crisis. It can also be determined by a wish to understand oneself better, to understand one’s desires, beliefs and values, to free oneself from problematic patterns of behaviour, to learn to better tolerate conflict and find new means of self-realisation.
Sometimes we don’t understand the beliefs and fears that shape our way of living and looking at the world, as they have become ingrained and automatic. We can find ourselves repeating destructive behaviours, feeling stuck in unhappy relationships and stunting our emotional, creative and professional development.
Psychoanalytic therapy can help us to better understand ourselves and to work through our difficulties in a safe and confidential space, where it is possible to express one’s thoughts and wishes freely and openly. It offers the chance to connect with and understand ourselves at a deeper more unconscious level, allowing the discovery of what holds us back, enabling the chance to change old patterns of behaviour and find new ways of approaching, and overcoming difficulties.
WHERE DO I START?
An initial (free) consultation can be arranged by telephone or email. During our first session we will discuss your situation and the possibilities of us working together. There is always space and time for questions and any other concerns you might have. Practicalities such as session times and frequency will also be discussed.
My full fee is £45 per session, but I operate a sliding scale for those who need to negotiate the amount. I do have a number of low-cost spaces available for those otherwise unable to afford therapy. This can be discussed during our initial consultation too.
Choosing a psychotherapist who is right for you is vital to the success of any therapy – if you feel my work is not what you are looking for, I will be happy to suggest alternatives or refer you to a colleague.
SOME OF THE DIFFICULTIES THERAPY CAN HELP WITH…
Anxiety – Depression – Bereavement – Stress – Panic attacks – Self-harm – Suicidal thoughts – Loss of meaning or purpose in life – Repeating unhelpful patterns – Relationship difficulties – Difficulties at work – Eating problems – Phobias – Retired or thinking about retirement – Post-natal depression – Lack of confidence – The ageing process – Making poor decisions or unable to decide – 'Obsessive compulsive disorder' (OCD) – Difficulties with alcohol or drugs – Issues around parenting – 'Borderline personality disorder' (BPD) – Bipolar disorder – Schizophrenia – Paranoid thoughts – Psychosis
I am currently undertaking postgraduate training with The SITE for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and take referrals through their low cost Psychoanalytic Clinic, alongside private practice. My training is registered and accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I have an academic background in Psychology, Philosophy and Anthropology. Before beginning my clinical training with The SITE for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, I taught and lectured throughout Secondary, Further and Higher Education.
I have worked with individuals with a range of difficulties including relationship problems and addiction, bereavement, a loss of meaning or purpose in life, depression, eating disorders and self-harm, anxiety and panic attacks.
My clinical practice is influenced by the way in which contemporary life influences, impacts and informs the way we live and understand ourselves.
If you have questions about whether this type of work might be right for you, please get in touch to arrange a short phone or skype session.
Phone: 07922 076535 (Please leave a message)
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