Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Counselling in Twickenham, South West London
Welcome to my homepage. My name is Elisabeth Auer and I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist/counsellor in Twickenham, London Borough of Richmond. My consulting room is based in the centre of Twickenham and well served by bus and train services.
I work in English and German language.
Understanding psychotherapy and how it works
The way we experience and understand our interpersonal world is shaped by our earliest relationships. These early experiences become deeply engrained in our personality.
They influence our way of thinking, feeling and behaving in our present relationships, largely out of conscious awareness.
In more general terms, these internalized mental models mediate and often distort the way we react to losses and separations in our lives.
The more securely attached we are the less difficulty we have in mourning such losses and in finding new and creative perspectives in our life.
Separation and losses
In the course of a lifetime we may experience many kinds of separation and loss:
of loved people through death or divorce;
of children as they grow and develop, becoming increasingly independent;
of energy and vitality through illness or the process of ageing;
of dislocation from our home country and language through migration.
When separations and losses are experienced as traumatic we may lose our sense of identity and try to avoid engaging with the painful experience.
Sometimes mourning a current loss is complicated because it is linked to a much earlier, unremembered, loss.
Having no meaning for our experience, we may become anxious and panicky, or aggressive and sometimes violent.
We may isolate ourselves; seek solace in addictive forms of behaviour (drugs, alcohol, sex, eating, shopping, work, gambling), or fall into depression. We may even entertain thoughts of ending our life through suicide.
The therapeutic relationship
The therapeutic relationship is characterized by trust, confidentiality and safety, serving as what John Bowlby calls a secure base from which our various difficulties in living can be collaboratively explored.
By means of this therapeutic process, new creative and proactive ways of thinking, feeling and behaving may gradually be developed and internalized, helping us to be more emotionally and psychologically resilient.
Is counselling and psychotherapy effective?
Neuroscience findings show that our brain retains plasticity throughout life, being shaped and sculpted by experience in the environment. Novel relational challenges and demands generate new neural connections in our brains. Therefore, an emotionally meaningful therapeutic relationship can gradually facilitate relational and neurological changes in our brain structure.
Even though the traumas we have experienced in our life do not disappear as a result of counselling or psychotherapy, and may re-emerge in certain stressful contexts, psychotherapy can help to change the way in which we experience such trauma.
My work as a psychotherapist and counsellor is supported by trauma literature, attachment theory, relational psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, and research findings from neurobiology and developmental psychology.
People see psychotherapists and counsellors for various reasons. Some of these are listed here:
— depression and general unhappiness
— relationship problems
— anxieties and panic attacks
— bereavement and loss
— work related issues
— emotional and sexual abuse
— family and parenting issues
— low self-confidence and self-esteem
— sexuality and identity
— obsessive behaviour and addictions
— transgenerational and developmental trauma
— migration and language
Elisabeth Auer - Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Counsellor in Twickenham, South West London; English and German
I work as a psychoanalytic counsellor and psychotherapist in English and in German language.
I see people in Twickenham, which is easily accessible from Richmond, Ham, Whitton, Hampton, Teddington, Hounslow and Central London.
There are also direct train links from Waterloo Station to Twickenham.
For further information please contact.