If you're thinking about talking to someone then you might want to consider what I provide as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.
Who is it for?
I work with individual adults, young people, and children. I also see couples for psychoanalytic couple therapy.
People see a psychotherapist for all sorts of reasons.
Some examples for adults and young people could be:
- Being troubled by your thoughts and feelings
- Broken or difficult relationships
- Loss and bereavement
- Unable to think or work
- A sense of purposelessness
- Feeling desperate
- Blocked creativity
Children are often brought because of concerns about challenging behaviour, low mood and anxiety.
Why, and the how of, psychotherapy
Psychotherapy has particular strengths in helping longstanding issues. Psychotherapy can help you gain a better understanding of your thoughts, feelings and actions. Understanding the patterns that have dominated you, often without your realising it, can bring the possibility of choice and change. It can change attitudes to yourself that help for the rest of your life.
In sessions, you can talk about whatever is on your mind.
Psychotherapy will help you to explore your thoughts, make connections and find meanings that you might not have discovered for yourself.
Where to start?
Meeting twice will be a good way to get a sense of how I work and whether that appeals to you. It also gives me the opportunity to get to know you and to have an idea of what will be helpful to you. If necessary, I also have a network of colleagues of various disciplines and approaches I can recommend and refer you to.
When children are referred I like to meet with the carers before meeting with the young person three times to make an assessment whether I might be able to help and if the young person can work with me.
I am on the lists of the EAP programmes run by Stratos, Instep and EAP Works. Using these schemes we could meet (usually) three times.
I am also registered to do sensitive claims (sexual abuse) work with ACC for both children and adults.
I am a New Zealander with a BSc (Massey) in psychology and I am registered as a psychotherapist with the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand.
After completing training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with the Arbours Association in London, graduating in 1998, I subsequently worked in the NHS, the charitable sector, universities and in private practice in both London and Cambridge, UK, before returning to Wellington in 2008. I currently work in the public sector in addition to my private practice.
If you would like to refer someone please contact me to discuss. As well as psychotherapy, I provide individual and group supervision and training to clinicians of all disciplines looking to develop with psychodynamic or psychoanalytic approaches.