To be alive at all is to have scars.
Prior to my career as a therapist I worked as a lawyer. I worked predominately in International relations and foreign policy. I have an understanding and awareness of the difficulty of maintaining a work life balance in today’s driven society and managing academic pressures.
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I have experience of dealing with people from a broad range of backgrounds on a wide variety of issues and difficulties. I provide regular long-term psychotherapy and counselling, and short-term therapy and mindfulness in a safe and non judgmental setting.
I work from a psychodynamic perspective, based on the principle that problems and distress in the present may be related to early experiences. Whether your problems are identifiable, or confusing, counselling can help you deal with emotions that are difficult to understand, giving you fresh insight into your life and work in order to find the best way forward.
In Freud’s vision of things we are, above all, ambivalent animals: wherever we hate, we love; wherever we love, we hate. If someone can satisfy us, they can also frustrate us; and if someone can frustrate us, we always believe that they can satisfy us.
Each therapy is tailored to the individual and it is ultimately a very co-creative process. If we agree to work together, we may then consider for how long – it may be just a few sessions or on an open-ended basis. It is helpful to work out a time-frame from the outset, which we can review as the work unfolds.
You are free to end therapy whenever you choose, although it is beneficial to discuss the ending and plan for it during the course of the sessions.
The following short video from The School of Life helpfully explains what psychotherapy is and why you might seek help.
Therapy is a collaborative process; I provide a safe and confidential space to explore and talk openly without discrimination or judgement. Taking the first steps can be difficult, but an initial consultation can help you address any concerns you may have.
The three terms melancholy, melancholia, and depression have overlapped throughout history, and in a broad, general sense the use of the latter has grown increasingly popular as the former two have declined. This does not mean, however, that ‘depression’ has simply replaced melancholy and/or melancholia. That there exist such a vast number of different historical narratives about melancholia, melancholy, and depression is not simply a result of different perspectives among today’s historians. Rather, it is a testament to the vast and shifting meanings that these terms have possessed over time. When it comes to melancholia in particular, the word has been used at least since antiquity to describe illness, but not one uniform disease. Thus, rather than speaking about melancholia as a single concept, the word is best understood as corresponding to a number of different – though often overlapping concepts.