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I offer individual & couples psychodynamic psychotherapy, both long-term and short-term.
My personal philosophies centre around the concepts of connection and wholeness, and perfuse their way through my psychotherapeutic approach.
“…every time we choose connection, we are risking loss. But every time we do not choose connection, we are ensuring it.”Ella Wilson, 2015
Connection, although desired, can be frightening in its vulnerability. When we connect within or outside of ourselves we are often faced with an unwanted reality, and escape becomes commonplace. I believe psychotherapy is a tool to help us face these realities, to face those parts of ourselves that pull us towards disconnection.
It is about moving towards wholeness, to becoming a more solid version of yourself. Wholeness is not happiness, wholeness is acceptance of everything we are and everything we feel. We live in a world that tells us if we are not happy, we are failing. This fear of difficult emotions such as sadness, guilt or grief brings a side of ourselves that requires exploration in the pursuit of wholeness.
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”Carl Jung, 1967
I believe that when we become more whole we become more balanced, more empathetic, more accepting of the defenses and suffering of others, whilst respecting ourselves. This allows us to connect with others, to learn about ourselves in their reflection, and to have better relationships.
The therapeutic relationship offers a safe space to explore the parts of ourselves that may seem frightening or shameful. I aim to guide you through this process by offering this space openly and consistently.