My Services

Problems Addressed by Psychotherapy

In my private practice I provide individual and group psychotherapy, as well as supervision and consultation. I work within a contemporary psychodynamic therapy approach, drawing from the traditions of self-psychology, object relations, interpersonal psychoanalysis, as well as attachment theory, affect theory and counselling psychology.

Psychotherapy helps with a wide range of life difficulties, including:

Problems with emotion

  • Depression
  • Feeling easily flooded or overwhelmed by emotion
  • Feeling detached, flat, empty
  • Lacking spontaneity, passion, vitality

Problems with behaviour

  • Anxiety, panic
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Eating disorders
  • Addictive tendencies – substances, sex, computer addiction
  • Self-destructiveness – recurrent pattern of unrewarding interaction, self-sabotaging behaviour, self-destructive relationships

Relationship Concerns

  • Wish for deeper connections
  • Alienation, loneliness, disconnectedness
  • Fear of commitment, engulfment, feeling trapped
  • Fear of separation

Trauma, abuse

  • Dealing with the after effects of current or early life trauma, physical abuse, sexual abuse, family violence
  • Alcoholism in the family of origin
  • Anger problems in the family of origin

Problems with the self and identity

  • Low self-esteem, poor self image
  • Lacking sense of self
  • Identity confusion
  • Sexuality and gender

Life Cycle and Life Events

  • Difficulty adjusting to life events, losses, changes, aging
  • Loss, separation
  • Entering young adulthood, parenthood, mid-life

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