There are many different kinds of therapy but at the heart of all successful therapies is a strong, reliable and robust relationship with your therapist. It’s important that you feel comfortable with me and are able to be honest about how you are feeling – even when that feels painful or difficult.
I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy which is a less intensive form of psychoanalysis. It uses similar techniques, but aims to find quicker solutions to more immediate problems. We will talk about your personal relationships and the thoughts you have about other people. I’ll encourage you to discuss the past as well as the present.
Sooner or later, clients often find themselves thinking about their childhood, as this is such a formative period. However, this certainly isn’t the essential point of psychotherapy. The aim is to address what is happening now in your mental life, consciously and unconsciously, and in your relationships. So the present and the future are far more important than the past for the past’s sake. Even so, exploring your memories and feelings about your childhood can help you to identify links between past events and how you think, act and feel now.