Welcome to my website!
My name is Elisabeth Auer and I am an English and German speaking UKCP accredited psychotherapist and counsellor in Twickenham, London Borough of Richmond.
My core training was in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, but I am also conversant with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
I enjoy working with people from diverse background, ethnicity and culture.
Why should I seek a psychotherapist or counsellor?
In times of crisis or distress, many people cannot turn to family and friends as they may be emotionally too involved or even contributed to the problems. When this happens, it may be helpful to seek support from an impartial counsellor or psychotherapist with who you can explore and analyse your difficulties in more depth.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Counselling
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is an orientation, in which we attempt to bring unconscious processes into awareness:
The way we behave, think and feel is often shaped by our earliest relationships and the social and political environment in which we grew up. We internalize these ways and they become our models for future situations. The activation of these models is often out of conscious awareness. However, internalised models which were meaningful and useful in the past, may not be relevant for present situations anymore. In therapy, we try to analyse and explore these models and make them conscious and susceptible to change.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy needs your commitment and your curiosity. It does not promise a "quick fix", as the process of exploration and change takes time and we will come across a range of defence mechanisms. These are strategies which protect a person from anxiety arising from unacceptable thoughts and feelings.
I am accredited with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and I am a member of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies.
Psychotherapy and Neuroscience
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.
Find more information in this article:
Dan Siegel on the Craft of Rewiring the Brain
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 adaptation to a new language
If you struggle with one of the above mentioned issues or others and seek psychotherapy or counselling, please do get in touch. I am a counsellor/psychotherapist for German and English speaking clients and I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Why do you use the words Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Twickenham and Counselling so often?
You may find that words like psychotherapist,counsellor, counselling, psychotherapy, German, or Twickenham and London appear unusually often in this text. The reason for this is, that search engines ranks websites among others via the keywords used in homepages. Teachers for English or German would certainly mark texts like this down. However, in order to be found it is crucial to use words like psychoanalytic psychotherapy, counsellor and counselling and psychotherapist as often as possible. Also the names of places like Twickenham, London,Richmond, Whitton, Teddington and the languages we work in, like German, are crucial. Again, psychotherapists and counsellors, not only in Twickenham and Richmond, but also in Teddington, London and Kingston need to reuse specific words several times in a paragraph in order to be found.