Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Counselling in Twickenham, Richmond
Welcome to my website. My name is Elisabeth Auer and I am a UKCP accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist and counsellor in South West London, Richmond. I provide counselling at the Maple Leaf Clinic on Twickenham Green. I am a counsellor for English and German speaking clients and I enjoy working with people from different backgrounds and cultures.
People come for counselling and psychotherapy for a range of reasons. Many people experience difficulties in their adult relationships; others struggle with loneliness and a sense of 'not-belonging'. Frequently people need to explore their relationship with other family members. Some people come for work-related issues or they feel that they got stuck in their lives. Many have experienced early trauma and losses.
My training course was in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, 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 repeat them out of conscious awareness. However, models which were meaningful in the past may not be relevant in the present anymore. In therapy, we try to analyse and explore these models and bring them into conscious awareness. Once conscious, they become susceptible to change.
The process of exploration and change takes time and needs your curiosity. On this exploratory journey we will come across a range of defense mechanisms (see my blog). Unlike other treatments, psychoanalytic psychotherapy is not a quick fix, but it can bring about more stable and longer lasting change.
I am accredited with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and I am a member of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies (IPSS) and The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP).
How does counselling and psychotherapy work?
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 impact on the way we think, feel and behave in our adult relationships, but largely out of conscious awareness. These internalized mental models mediate and often distort the way we react to losses and separations in our lives.
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.
By means of a new relational experience with the therapist (the therapeutic relationship) our old and stubborn models of thinking, feeling and behaving may be challenged and new creative and proactive ways may gradually be developed and internalized. These new ways may help us to be more emotionally and psychologically resilient.
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. 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.
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
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.
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 am a psychoanalytic counsellor and psychotherapist in English and in German language.
I see people in Twickenham, South West London, 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.