My approach to counselling is primarily informed by a contemporary psychoanalytic/psychodynamic framework, incorporating elements of Freudian and post-Freudian theories, Object Relations, Intersubjective Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Self-Psychology, and Relational Psychoanalysis.
In my practice, my greatest priority is to establish a secure and supportive environment for clients to delve into their concerns and foster a therapeutic alliance founded on trust and safety. This allows clients to not only work through their challenges in therapy, but also utilize the therapeutic relationship as a model for building healthy connections in their daily lives.
In the psychodynamic counselling, the relationship between the client and the counsellor is a crucial aspect of the therapeutic process. I work to build a strong, supportive relationship with the client in order to create a safe space for them to share their thoughts and feelings.
In my work I emphasize the exploration of past experiences, early childhood relationships, and unconscious thoughts and feelings. This only possible if the client feels safe with me.
Past experiences are important in psychodynamic counselling because they have a lasting impact on a person's unconscious thoughts and feelings. These unconscious thoughts and feelings can influence a person's behaviour, emotions, and relationships in the present.
By exploring past experiences together with the client, we can gain insight into the underlying motivations, fears, and desires that drive their behaviour and emotions. This understanding can then be used to help the client resolve any psychological distress and improve their overall well-being.