“Ahimsa,” the Sanskrit word for non-violence asks us to be kind to others and the Earth, but most especially to ourselves. For how we treat ourselves reflects how we treat others.
This short film from the Institute of Psychoanalysis depicts a mans journey to seek help from a therapist and how at times we all can suffer from feeling weighed down by life.
A little comedic sketch from the New Yorker on ending with your Therapist
Bion’s use of the term ‘Nameless dread is simply a placeholder for an indescribable feeling that takes place during a traumatic event and plays a critical role in the development of a person. If an event cannot be woven into the fabric of the psyche, something harmful happens. Unconsciously, a promise is made with the self. You will never have to feel nameless dread ever again but in return you will give up part of yourself. This promise however, comes at a great cost. The edges of spontaneity, vulnerability, creativity, openness to explore, learn, and take in what is new will be compromised.
From ‘Get Out’ by Jordan Peele My role as a psychotherapist working in Central London brings me face to face with people of many different backgrounds, ages, races, class and political and religious viewpoint. The origins of psychotherapy lie in Europe which was mostly created by middle class white men to treat mainly […]
A Soft-edged Reed of Light That was the house where you asked me to remain on the eve of my planned departure. Do you remember? The house remembers it — the deal table with the late September sun stretched on its back. As long as you like, you said, and the chairs, the clock, the […]
After the manic activity that is Christmas and New Year. My resolution for 2018 is to make more friends. Not acquaintances, or people who further my career or lifestyle, but friends. Meaningful human connections that feel comfortable, enriching and authentic. Not those that leave me feeling lonelier in company than when I am actually alone. […]
I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by author Lily Clayton Hansen for her upcoming book “Word of Mouth – London Conversations’. She has an amazingly intuitive and empathetic style and captures the stories of interesting people across the globe. You can read an excerpt from the interview here. Sophia.
I practice yoga each day and find it tremendously therapeutic. In this post I explore the parallels that exist between psychoanalysis and yoga, referencing some of Jung’s studies on the topic.
The term melancholia has served many uses in literature and poetry. It is perhaps particularly useful as a semantic device in English language writing, where few nouns exist to describe a state of mind which is at once calm, fearful, despairing, restless, hollow, and longing for something inexpressible.