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 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 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.
This therapy is a safe, respectful, non-judgmental place to explore whatever difficulties bring you to therapy.
October 10th, 2019 © Susan Monteith