There are many kinds of psychotherapy and analysis and so it is important that you find something that suits you. The kind of work I do is creative and nourishing in that we will work with where you are now, and develop a ‘symbolic’ understanding of your current life circumstances which can embrace the past and provide a vision of the future. I am a Jungian Analyst which means have have been through a rigorous and extensive training programme with the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists, UK. I am also an Authentic Movement teacher and Focusing Trainer so I often work with somatic symptoms, body based processes as well as with dreams and your life experiences. I am on the Faculty of Janet Adler's teacher training programme for those wishing to become teachers of Authentic Movement. I have a private practice in Northampton and London, UK.
Carl Jung developed his approach to psychotherapy based on the idea that every individual has both conscious and unconscious contents and that often we leave parts of our personality to one side because of traumatic events or socialising and this can often mean we become one-sided resulting in feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, depressed, angry or lonely. The key to finding and working with the ‘whole’ of our personality, Jung believed, can be discovered in our dreams. Learning more about ourselves through dream analysis helps to connect us to a wider cosmic view where we are a part of the past, present and future.
Gene Gendlin discovered that individuals who could connect to a ‘felt sense’ of how they were in a given situation were best placed to respond the psychotherapy. With this in mind he developed ‘Focusing’. This is a very simple tool that allows you to access how you are in your body/mind right now and then find ways to language that ‘felt sense’ and develop tools for carrying forward this fuller sense of yourself into your life. Once you learn how to Focus it is easy to do alone or with a partner. This is a self-development tool that can be applied specific life problems, creative blocks or more general psychotherapeutic work.
What is right for you?
You can chose whether you want to work on a short or long term basis, with a goal in mind or with a more open exploratory approach. (And, of course, you are also free to change your mind about how we work!).
Short term work usually uses ‘Focusing’ as a basis as we work on specific problems or issues in your life at present. I often use movement and artwork as tools for reflecting on the felt sense of an experience.
Long term work uses dreams as a framework for a much deeper analysis of your psyche – this is more than the ego as it embraces both your conscious and unconscious self. Dreamwork is a key part of the long term work I do because dreams often contain aspects of you that may have been ignored or relegated to the unconscious.
Whether you think you want to work on a short term basis or long term, the initial step is to contact me by email or telephone and then arrange an initial consultation. Then, if we both feel we can work together, we will be working to discover the difference between the self who remembers and what is remembered, seeking out a meaningful way to remember forwards into your life. The process is designed to suit you as you are right now and as you know yourself to be.
As A.S. Byatt says in the forward to her edited collection Memory (2008), “remembering forwards – the way in which a composer, or a painter, can envisage and then make something new, by remembering and reshaping something earlier…the way the mind moves forward and back” (p.xvi). This, it seems to me, is the creative work of working with mind and body towards healing.