I am an Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. I see psychotherapy as a co-operative venture between psychotherapist and client.
By providing a warm, empathic and non-judgemental environment, clients have the opportunity to share experiences and feelings they may not have been able to talk about before. A secure, therapeutic relationship makes it possible for people to explore the impact of important relationships and mourn past losses - so that healing of early experiences of misattunement, separation and trauma can take place.
Attachment-based psychotherapy has at its core an understanding of the importance of relationships to human growth and development throughout life. When we feel alone, or relationships go wrong in childhood or adulthood, our ability to manage our lives may be disrupted or thrown into crisis. Secure and supportive relationships enable us to develop a sense of who we are.
A psychoanalytic approach can help us to make sense of how we got to where we are now and to face some of the feelings and fears we may have hidden from ourselves. Sometimes we may find ourselves repeating patterns from the past or getting stuck in a lifestyle, relationships or behaviours, which may not be helpful to us. A psychoanalytic approach is a method of communication which aims to bring into awareness those ways of being which are unconscious, deeply set and inclined to frustrating repetitions.