There are times in life when when we can feel overwhelmed, full of confusion, anxiety, self-doubt or uncertainty. Sometimes there are feelings of anger or depression. Experiencing such painful emotions may be acute or chronic, and often lead to disturbances in relationships with others, particularly with partners, family members, friends, and peers in college or the workplace. When this is happening, it can be hard to find a way out of the difficulties, or to imagine that anyone else might be able to understand some of what you are feeling, and be interested to help you with this.
I am a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. In my private practice I see couples who are struggling with a range of emotional and relationship difficulties, as well as young adults (age 16 -26) who are in psychological distress or suffering developmental crises. I work in a professional and confidential setting, with people of all genders, sexual orientations, and ethnicities.
In psychoanalytic psychotherapy, the emotional experience of the individual patient or couple is central. The states of mind being experienced by the patient/couple are listened to, observed, attended to, and understood by the psychotherapist and the patient/couple working together. The evolving therapeutic relationship allows trust to develop and the shared thinking to grow and deepen. This process allows meaning to emerge regarding the anxieties, emotions, and relationships which are troubling the individual or the couple. For most people, this brings relief to the painful states being experienced, and enables new understandings and ways of thinking about oneself and one’s close relationships.