I am a psychodynamic counsellor, through counselling we can work together to gain a better understanding of the problem that you bring to the sessions. We are all responsible for the things we say and as such you only need to reveal those things that you want to talk about, but I will ask questions.
I currently work at a health centre and a mainstream secondary school. I can offer psychodynamic counselling at my private office in Kingham. At present I only work with individuals although I have experience working with groups.
I have a background in therapeutic communities and have worked with adults, young people, and children.
A 50 minute consultation is £40. The first session is usually regarded as an assessment (to explore whether we can work together) and is not charged. Missed sessions are charged at the usual rate.
The psychodynamic approach is a collection of theories which are built on Freud’s original psychoanalytic theory (which is possibly why the two get confused with each other). It is different from behavioural psychology in that it has avoided using a scientific approach of testing, instead using observation and anecdotal evidence. Training is based much on the counsellors experiencing the theories in action, so they have been through their own psychotherapy and have regular supervision which is psychodynamic based, so the experiential element is ongoing.
In psychodynamic theory the way we are as human beings, the way we function, is determined by the way our unconscious works. Just as we are motivated to avoid physical pain so the unconscious tries to avoid emotional pain, which can lead us to develop some unhelpful behavioural patterns that we neither understand or feel we have control over.
The psychodynamic approach attempts to unpick our unconscious motives and enable us to have more control over the way we behave.
The term counselling concerns being supported to resolve a personal or psychological issue. In this case this is through meeting on a regular basis and talking about the issue in an honest and open manner. Some counsellor may give advice or possible solutions to issues, but in the psychodynamic approach the client is encouraged to find their own solutions and therefore have authorship of the resolution. In this way the answers are tailor made.
Therapy or psychotherapy in the psychodynamic modality are very similar to counselling. Clients come to examine their thoughts and feelings to gain greater understanding of why particular life patterns may occur. Connections are made between thoughts and feelings and actions, understanding them can give us the opportunity to make different choices, or to recognise why particular feelings may be aroused in similar situations.
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So what is difference between psychotherapy and counselling? There is little difference in the process of counselling and psychotherapy and many organisations see the terms as interchangeable. My personal understanding is the difference between an acute illness and a chronic illness, that is to say counselling is more concerned with helping clients in crisis or immediate problems, whereas psychotherapy helps with more deep routed issues that have become apparent over a period of time.
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