HOW I WORK
One of the most important things in life is to be seen, heard, and understood by others, especially when we attempt to share our feelings with them. If that experience is missing, even the smallest negative incident can become life shattering.
In my work with clients, I do ultimate best to listen and understand with compassion and empathy. I consider it the foundation of trust, which is so important to any psychotherapy, regardless of the professional modality.
Within psychoanalysis, I prefer what is called the “intersubjective” approach. Moving away from Freud, this approach believes that our sense of self is developed and maintained within the context of relationships.
The therapeutic relationship is no exception. Within the context of our relationship, we can safely explore the issues you are struggling with. Meaning is created through both our contributions. This mean that I don’t pretend to complete neutrality, nor do I believe that my beliefs are in any way truer than yours.
In our work, I can help you uncover and reflect on how your past and present are in dialog, and how early experiences may be impacting on your present life. This can help you develop a new and better sense of why you became the person you are, to deal with struggles both originating in childhood or earlier life phases and those more firmly anchored in your present life. Ultimately, our work can help you create the kind of future you wish for yourself.
I tend to be creative and try to incorporate humour and some playfulness into my more reflective and serious therapeutic work with clients. I believe that psychotherapy should not be an arduous ordeal, but rather a safe and gratifying journey towards a better life.
TRAUMA & EMDR
Not everything is accessible through words. Words can fall short of emotional experience, and we often struggle to express our innermost feelings. This is especially relevant to traumatic experiences, which are not remembered in the same way as most other experiences. They therefore impact on our daily life in a way that we have difficulty understanding and regulating.
Merely talking about your struggles has limitations, and I may therefore suggest integrating EMDR into our work. This kind of therapy uses bilateral stimulation to help process traumatic, distressing or anxiety related memories. It can also help you deal with anxiety, depression, or distress in the present. EMDR can effectively enhance our work and will help you towards a deeper healing of traumatic wounds.