The type of psychotherapy I practice is called psychodynamic, or depth psychotherapy. It is a way of working that acknowledges the existence of an unconscious mind that influences our behaviour, thoughts and feelings. It is our unconscious mind that makes us do things that we know are not good for us such as continuing in unhealthy relationship patterns, giving in to addictive cravings, behaving inappropriately, saying something we didn't consciously intend to say, or even acting in a way that makes us feel ashamed. Our unconscious mind is also the source of our deepest creativity and is our most trusted guide for our healing.
This type of therapy is fairly long term because it offers a way for people to explore their life in depth - how the past is affecting the present, and how they came to be where they are now. Good therapy also takes time for a client to develop the depth of trust in a therapist that is required before they can explore their most troubling experiences.
This kind of therapy also helps people to identify their deepest longings, their lack of fulfillment and to open to their inner self. I believe that often it is our pain and suffering that create the opportunity to examine our lives and move towards a greater sense of meaning and fulfillment. This usually leads to a deeper connection to ourselves and others.
I enjoy working with dreams and waking fantasies and at times I use other methods such as guided imagery or visualization or deep relaxation to assist my clients with access to their unconscious mind.
From time to time if the client is interested, I will suggest certain readings or workbooks for my clients.
This therapy is a safe, respectful, non-judgmental place to explore whatever problems bring you to therapy.