I work in a collaborative and empowering way. I aim to help you to increase your emotional strength by supporting you to talk freely about the issues you are struggling with. I then help you to 'step back' and look again at your responses. This promotes insight and enables you to develop new and creative ways of responding to the challenges you face.
A psychodynamic understanding of how we relate is based on the idea that we all have within us a complex and constantly changing 'internal world' shaped by our experiences of past as well as current events and people in our life. We might not be able to remember early or more traumatic experiences well or at all. These might be stored in us in other ways, e.g. an emotion such as fear, a troubling image or a recurring dream. Alternatively, we might shut ourselves off from these memories and find ourselves being drawn into destructive relationships or situations in ways which do not seem to make sense…
Understanding how these deep 'unconscious' currents pull us in a particular direction can help us to take them into account in plotting a new and more rewarding life course.