Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Adults

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is an intensive therapeutic process assisting people to grapple with very challenging problems of living, with emotional difficulties and with complex personal relationships. It focuses on working together to develop a deepening understanding of life-long patterns of thinking, feeling and experiencing – the way our minds work - that profoundly influence how we live our lives, develop our intimate relationships, approach work and work-place relationships and experience our sense of “self”. It is “psychodynamic” in that it involves an ongoing and growing understanding of aspects of our minds that are often outside of our awareness. By discovering and exploring these veiled features of our personal experience, we can gain a deeper understanding of why and how we feel and relate as we do, as adults. This increasing understanding fuels our capacity to recognize and alter our ways of experiencing things. Although our adult lives are often rooted in experiences from the past, this way of working focuses on how we continue to live out archaic and arcane configurations of experience in our current lives and relationships.

This way of working can be both reassuring and challenging.

It is a way of working that has been helpful for people trying to deal with:

The usual practice is to meet for a limited number of sessions to carefully assess your concerns and for joint decisions to be made on the most helpful way to proceed. If psychotherapy seems appropriate then future sessions can be arranged.

Fees are based on the recommended rates of the Australian Psychological Society. However for payment at each session there is a discounted fee. To obtain this information please email me. Credit card facilities are available. Clinical Psychology services do not incur GST. If you are eligible for refunds from a private health insurer you can immediately claim back their portion. Some health insurers require a medical referral so you should check with them first.

Cancellation policy: Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice are charged at the discounted rate, including the first appointment.

To make an appointment please telephone 0487330773

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Clinical supervision - individually or in groups – is available for neophyte and experienced professionals who are currently working as psychotherapists. This may be on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. Psychodynamically oriented supervision is a highly confidential and contained methodology that draws on dynamic process material. In supervision attention is paid to detailed analysis of the therapeutic process as reflected in process notes maintained by the supervisee. The material for this work draws on not only the content material of the session, but on the “total experience” – including the supervisee’s experiences, thoughts and feelings during and after contact with patients.

Organisational supervision can also be provided for psychotherapists and counsellors whose work organisations provide professional development or support. This service addresses not only the direct clinical supervision of cases but also the confluence of organisational system, therapist-in-role and client dynamics.


Consultancy at the junction of psychotherapy and workplace dynamics

Psychotherapists routinely have supervision of their clinical work. But they rarely recognize the inter-relatedness of their work in psychotherapy, their work-roles and the dynamics of their work organisations.

The junction of one’s professional role, the work of “psychotherapy” and the dynamics of the workplace is the focus of “intervision”. This form of consultation with psychotherapy practitioners– as individuals or in work-groups – draws on systems thinking and psychodynamic approaches to understanding and working at this critical junction and also addresses clinical issues.

What is involved? In a series of confidential consultations, practitioners present vignettes or process notes about their organisation which illustrate its culture and dynamics: i.e. its “Primary task”; their role in the organisation, and their professional work. In intervision, issues and processes that impinge on clinical work are examined. Clinical work always occurs in an organisational context. Intervision differs from clinical supervision because it focuses on how personal and contextual dynamics affect the work. It differs from psychotherapy by focusing on critical aspects of the work-role, paying implicit attention to personal ways of taking up the role.

How does this occur? Using an iterative, facilitated model of exploration, reflection and hypothesis building, the intersection of professional role and organisational dynamics and their influence on the work of psychotherapy is analyzed.
On-site work-team consultations enable team dynamics and their influence to be explored in conjunction with clinical material – a “double task”.
In individual consultations attention is directed to the intersection of personal dynamics with work roles and organisational dynamics.

How does this benefit one’s work? A deeper and applied understanding of this junction enhances one’s work capacities in a number of ways:

Who will benefit? Psychotherapy and counselling practitioners working in organisational settings and managers of psychotherapy or counselling teams.

Where? On-site and off-site consultations can be arranged.

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