My name is Elisabeth Auer and I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist in Twickenham, London Borough of Richmond. I see people face-to-face in my consulting room in Twickenham. For those who are not able to come in person, I provide online sessions via Zoom.
Psychotherapy with a psychoanalytic orientation focuses on mental processes which are buried in the unconscious. By working with dreams, speech and language, and bodily expressions, and by utilising the therapeutic relationship to explore relational patterns and behaviour, we try to bring unconscious processes into awareness.
It is not always a straightforward or quick process. When someone has abused the trust of a person, or a person has never been able to establish trust in others in the first place, then it is not easy to learn to trust and confide in a stranger. Therefore, establishing a secure and safe place is one of our first tasks.
The first therapy session is an opportunity for a potential client to get to know their therapist and ask questions. It also gives the therapist a chance to assess whether the approach that they have adopted suits the individual. Please watch this video to learn more about the importance of the therapeutic relationship:
Even if a strong and trusting relationship is established, certain defence mechanisms make an exploration of a person's inner world difficult. Defence mechanisms protect people from experiencing painful feelings and from becoming overwhelmed.
These defences need to be understood before we can embark on a process of change.
To change internalized ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving we need to try something new. This may feel risky at the beginning and can take some courage. But the more often we practice new models, the easier it will get.
If you have any more questions or would like to arrange a first session, please get in touch.