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People who come to see me, I think, understand something is “not quite right” in their internal worlds. The presence of these disturbances (for lack of a better word) is communicated to my clients by their unconscious selves in the form of what we have come to call “symptoms” like anxiety, despair, hopelessness, anger; or more generalised feelings — not being quite alive, not being able to relate comfortably with others, feeling like a fraud, or as if somehow trapped in a kind of limbo, waiting for life to truly begin. For many, these feelings start to become unbearable. So we talk. And it seems that’s all we do. But while we are talking, the possibility for something truly amazing unfolds, a dialogue of a different sort, a healing kind of exchange that has the potential to envelope us both.
The unconscious, I believe, is unfortunately named. It seems to me this wondrous aspect of our psyches is actually a kind of consciousness of a higher order. It perceives through what we might call intuition, and where our conscious awareness is constrained by the purely physical world of space and time, our unconscious knows no such restraint. As Sigmund Freud saw with such clarity, our unconscious selves can and do communicate with one another, all the time.
So we talk. And even though the "therapeutic relationship" is not exactly symmetrical, the human relatedness at its heart is. In other words, even though I’ve been well trained in a broad range of psychoanalytic theory and technique, and even though I’ve spent years undergoing my own therapy, and even though the sessions are entirely focused on meeting my clients’ needs, at its most basic level, we are two people in a quiet room having what one of my clients likes to call, “a nice chat”. And for many, this “nice chat” means speaking and being heard in a way they’ve never before experienced, which can be deeply transformative.
Approaches and TechniquesPsychodynamic Psychotherapy
Age SpecialtyYouth (20 - 25), Adults, and Elders
Session FormatPrivate Sessions, Phone Sessions, and Skype Sessions