I offer psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy in central Bristol to adults, children and adolescents
In-person appointments now available
Psychoanalysis is a talking therapy that is available to anyone who wants to make use of it, whatever their background or current situation. It offers a confidential, non-judgmental space where someone can speak about what they are suffering from, and where they can be listened to in a new way. By putting into words things which may have been unspoken before, it can be possible for something about this suffering to change, and for different ways of doing things to become available.
It is based on the premise that there are thoughts and ideas, and connections between them, which are unconscious; things we don’t want to know about, which affect our lives in ways we don’t fully understand. Without really knowing why, we can find ourselves confronted with strange symptoms, painful feelings like depression or anxiety, or repeated patterns of thought or behaviour that cause us distress. Sometimes it is not so clear what the problem is, but we may be troubled by pressing questions about who we are or what we want, or by a more general sense that something, somewhere, is wrong.
As a treatment, psychoanalysis is different from many other forms of therapy in that it does not focus on trying to get rid of these difficulties as quickly as possible. Instead, it provides the time and space for a person to speak as freely as they can about their life and their history, including the thoughts, wishes and feelings that might be too difficult to speak about elsewhere. By talking like this to someone who listens in a very particular way, they may be able to hear new and surprising things in what is said. This can lead to different, less restricted ways of living.
My training is in Lacanian psychoanalysis: this is a way of working with people which pays careful attention to speech and to the specific words that someone uses, and which explores the significance of this language in their personal and family history. It is a practice that rejects any ideas of what is “normal” or how a person should be, but respects what is unique about each individual, and aims towards the creation of their own particular ways of dealing with whatever is troubling or painful to them.