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The term 'psychotherapy' is derived from Ancient Greek, meaning ‘breath, spirit and soul’. Therefore Mindfulness and over 1000 other forms of psychotherapy have been around far longer than many of us realise.  Psychotherapy aims to improve an individual's wellbeing and mental health to resolve unhelpful behaviours, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts and emotions.  Some definitions of counselling overlap with psychotherapy (particularly in non-directive client-centred approaches). Historically psychotherapy has meant ‘Interpretive’, for example Freudian Psychoanalysis methods, Kleinian Object Relations and Bowlby’s Attachment Theory. 

Attachment based psychotherapy is a branch of relational psychoanalysis, exploring interrelated emotional forms of attachment from birth onwards. The theory behind it looks at early child development and the forming of early attachments; secure, anxious, ambivalent or disorganised, to understand how problematic attachment experiences early on in life are subsequently re-enacted later in adult life.

You may find yourself stuck in an unhealthy relationship, you may find it hard to maintain friendships, you may find yourself feeling/behaving like a child when dealing with stressful situations or you may not know where your anxiety/depression/eating disorder/personality disorder stems from.

One way of exploring your problems is talking to a psychotherapist who is trained and experienced in different areas of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.  Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic Theory, CBT, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness are the areas I find help me as an integrative psychotherapist to work with clients of all ages, cultures, beliefs, sexual orientations and backgrounds.  Whether it be anxiety, depression, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, eating disorders or bereavement and loss, I am happy to work with people from all walks of life.

"How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives"

Annie Dillard
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