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The reason for your decision to seek therapy at this point in your life may seem more or less clear to you. Perhaps something is not quite right and you seem to approach repetitive issues. Perhaps you find that you follow other people's wishes and you look at yourself through other people's eyes. It is difficult to know your own identity and sense of self. Perhaps you struggle with thinking about your relationships, work, decisions, or life in general.
To quote Marion Woodman: "There is no point talking about being true to yourself until you realise what voice you are being true to". Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy may bring you closer to what is true for you as an individual.
My approach to psychotherapy is grounded in psychoanalytic theories. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy focuses on the unconscious. It is based on the belief that our early experiences, especially in childhood, shape our personality and behaviour in adulthood.
As human beings, we construct certain patterns of relating to the world and other people. We developed these patterns through our earliest attachments and as adults, we play out these templates or patterns that we acquired when we were children. In some cases, these learned patterns work well allowing the person to live a fulfilled life. However, in other cases, these patterns and repetitions may bring considerable difficulty.
Sometimes the work in therapy focuses on recognising, understanding and transforming dysfunctional patterns so that the person does not need to repeat what causes them to suffer. Instead, there is more freedom to think about your choices, identity and your place in society.
I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in training with the Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy (AGIP) . I'm committed to ongoing professional development and adhere to the AGIP Code of Ethics as well as the UKCP Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.
Additionally, I hold a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Psychology.
My interest in working as a psychotherapist stems from my varied experiences in the mental health field. My work included supporting young people involved in gangs, adults who needed psychiatric hospitalisation, and domestic violence victims. I had also held management positions including the management of a unit for adults with autism and complex needs where I also completed behaviour analysis.
In addition to my work in mental health services, I was also involved in a tech startup where I was in charge of recruitment and career training for young adults. This allowed me to combine my expertise in mental health with my passion for entrepreneurship and innovation.
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