"A psychoneurosis must be understood, ultimately, as the suffering of a soul which has not discovered its meaning." - Carl Jung
The process of becoming a complete person – shaping a distinctive character, identity and healthy manner of inhabiting the world – is a challenge that endures for all of us.
We are deliberately involved, whether consciously or unconsciously, in the task of constructing ourselves; what characteristics we would ideally like to acquire and what we deem significant in our world – is intertwined into the very structure of our existence and creates for us what is significant and meaningful.
Psychology facilitates the process of asking ourselves important questions about the shape and direction of our lives. It allows us to explore and make sense of the art of living. As individuals we hold the latent ability to shape ourselves. We own the skills to improve and end inflexible patterns of behaviours, thereby navigating towards a more functional way of being the world. Sometimes we just need help in the journey. This process intimates the opportunity for positive psychological growth and restoration.
As a counselling psychologist I help people work through life’s changes, trials and unpredictability which invariably exceed permanency. The objective in psychology is to enhance self-development and self-improvement across all areas of one’s life. Exploring and coming to terms with our current circumstances and relationship problems is conducted within a safe and non-judgemental environment in order to enhance self -esteem. It is an honest, supportive and collaborative process between yourself and myself. The relationship and dialogue between yourself and myself allows movement towards greater insight and healthier coping skills. The relationship in the therapeutic space becomes a training space for improving one’s personal relationships.
An additional objective of therapy is to traverse life’s trauma’s, anxieties, stressors, uncertainties and perplexities without allowing hardship to break one’s spirit.We learn to come to terms with and understand problems such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, sexual abuse, stress and other traumas in manner that lends to improve ones mental health. We are not tied to a predestined blueprint determined by our pasts and have freedom to shape the contours of our existence.
In more general terms psychotherapy consists of coming to learn about your condition; moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviours. We work together to understand how to get you to take control of your life in a way that resonates with you. It is an individual process, as we are all unique and there is no one method for treating all persons. It is a close, intimate and individually unique approach and experience for every individual.
My overarching objective is to facilitate clients in coming to terms with the discomfort and tolerating the feelings instead of responding to the in an unhealthy manner such as through eating, sex, self-harm, gambling, spending, repetitive behaviours and so forth.
I work with children, adolescents and adults on an individual basis.