What is Psychodynamic therapy?

Time does not always heal all wounds and there can be intervals where we might feel lost or trapped in particular patterns of relating to ourselves and others that undermine and limit us in our lives. Sometimes the reverberations of loss, a trauma or a tragedy give way to a profound sense of meaninglessness and despair that feels inescapable. How then do we work through and restore what is damaged and injured? Psychodynamic counselling is a form of therapy that is rooted within psychoanalysis. The aim of Psychodynamic therapy, as it is within Psychoanalysis, is to uncover the specific meaning of our experience as well as its impact and influence upon the various aspects of our lives. There may be instances and periods throughout our lives when we experience a lack of resolution or we sense a particular unease concerning an aspect of our life that we intuitively feel requires attention and therefore revisiting and exploring. Amongst other things, I think of Psychodynamic therapy as a process that holds in mind two key factors, firstly, understanding the specific nature of our experience and secondly, acknowledging the influence of the past.

Understanding the specific nature of our experience

My clinical experience has shown me again and again that no two people experience the same event in the same way. No matter how equally we attend to a situation, there is no single definitive response to it. An event has a unique, and personal meaning that reflects and shapes how we come to understand and engage with the world. I think of psychodynamic therapy as a process of giving attention and importance to all of our experiences if we are looking to gain a greater understanding of ourselves, our relationships and our world.

Acknowledging the influence of the past

To know ourselves deeply, I think it can be useful to understand the relationship between our early experiences and our life in the present. The past exerts a powerful and complex influence upon our sense of self, our relationships and our lives. Psychodynamic therapy can be a useful way to explore how the past actively shapes our understanding and therefore our actions and reactions to the world in and around us. Until we can see how the past influences our lives it can be difficult to know what changes we need to make in the present.

What I can offer

I work with adults and adolescents from my home in St Albans and have clinical experience in the treatment of:

  • Anxiety
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • Family Issues
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Loss & Bereavement
  • Panic Disorder
  • Trauma
  • as well as Existential Themes of Meaning and Transiency.

I offer short-term therapy which might last from 6 to 20 sessions as well as longer term therapy which might continue for several months or years.

What to expect

During a first session, I like to explore with you what has brought you to counselling and what you are looking and hoping to gain from this process. I think of this time as an important opportunity for you to reflect on whether you feel I am the right counsellor for you.

I charge £45 per session and can offer a small number of concessions. Each session lasts 50 minutes and I ask that you give 48 hours notice, else the charge will be the agreed fee when you cancel a session.

As a registered and an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) I am committed to practicing according to the principles and values set out in this ethical framework