Patience GrayPsychoanalytic psychotherapist
I work as both a counsellor and a psychotherapist, adapting the way I work to the needs if each client. The people I see come with a wide variety of issues, most commonly relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, or it may be a life event that is difficult to come to terms with. I have also worked with different forms of abuse, self-harm and bereavement. I have a particular interest in anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.
I prefer to work face-to-face, but can see people via online video if they can also make face-to-face meetings at some point.
I work with the issues that people bring in terms of how it affects them in the present and I will explore links to past life experiences, so that painful situations in the present that may have roots in the past can be understood more clearly. I work with clients to help them find their own solutions, rather than giving advice. I believe, as much research has concluded, that the relationship between client and therapist is central to the work, and my aim is therefore to provide a setting that is safe and non-judgmental in which clients are free to talk about whatever they want.
My Jungian background means that I see the psyche as purposeful, with goals that we may be unaware of but which we need to discover in order to live a more fulfilling life. Jung viewed the unconscious as potentially helpful and creative, and he believed in the importance of dreams and images to help us to discover the areas of ourselves that we need to pay attention to.
Usually I see clients once a week for a 50 minute session, but I can also offer more frequent sessions when appropriate. Clients may wish to work for a limited amount of time with a fixed ending in sight, or the work can be open-ended, continuing until they feel ready to end.
I work in a comfortable room just off Queen Square in the centre of Bath. There is on-street parking and two large public car parks nearby and bus and train services are within a few minutes walk.
I work between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday.
Issues often worked with
£50 per session.
Training and qualifications
I began training as a counsellor in 1994 and gained a Post-Graduate Diploma in psychodynamic counselling. I later undertook a further six years of training to gain a qualification as a Jungian Analytical Psychotherapist. My qualifications and organisational memberships are as follows:
Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling (WPF), Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (WPF), Training in Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy (WMIP), Professional Member of WMIP, BPC Registered Jungian Analytical Psychotherapist.
I have worked in a counselling agency, in a GP surgery, as part of an NHS Mental Health Team, and I now work in private practice.
I subscribe to the Code of Ethics of the British Psychoanalytic Council.