Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Individuals find therapy helpful in a number of situations — when wanting to explore and develop their understanding of themselves, when addressing long standing concerns and underlying worries in their lives, or when suddenly feeling overwhelmed by a current situation and fearing breakdown.

Therapy is offered for a range of problems including:

anger management, anxiety, bereavement, eating disorders, bipolar disorder/manic depression, loss of confidence and low self-esteem, feelings of estrangement, obsessive-compulsive behaviours, panic attacks, relationship issues, self harm, physical and sexual abuse, stress, trauma and work related/workplace problems.

Psychodynamic therapy is based on psychoanalytic principles — that from our earliest infancy we build up unconscious defences that allow us to cope with the anxieties we experience. Sometimes these anxieties are in response to actual and difficult experiences; sometimes they are based on misperceptions and imagined experiences, but does not make them any less "real" or important.

In later life, these defences may no longer be helpful but, because we are not aware of them, they remain part of our everyday lives. This can result in us having feelings and acting in ways that upset ourselves and those around us, without us understanding why. Because of the unconscious nature of our feelings, we can begin to feel we are "out of control" in some aspect of our lives — affecting relationships with family, friends and work colleagues.

Psychodynamic therapy takes the position that your feelings and "personality" are not fixed; instead they are amenable to profound and permanent change through reflecting on our emotions and behaviour, what influences them, and how we may change through a clearer understanding of ourselves.