Elisabeth AuerPsychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Counselling in Twickenham

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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Counselling in Twickenham, London Borough of Richmond. English and German.

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My name is Elisabeth Auer and I am an English and German speaking UKCP accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist and counsellor in Twickenham, London Borough of Richmond.

I provide counselling at the Maple Leaf Clinic on Twickenham Green.
Twickenham Green is well connected by public transport with Richmond, Ham, Whitton, Hampton, Teddington and Hounslow and there are direct train links from Central London/Waterloo Station to Twickenham and Strawberry Hill.

I enjoy working with people from diverse background, ethnicity and culture.

Why Therapy?

People seek a psychotherapist or counsellor for various reasons, often linked to their adult relationships:

- People may feel too close to, or too distant from, their partners.
- They may experience a lack of connection or loneliness within their relationships.
- They may long for a partner but cannot find the right one.
- They may be afraid of intimacy or of becoming "too known" by significant others.
- They may wonder if they are ever good enough, or whether others will ever be good enough for them.
- They may look for faults within themselves and cannot see how much their partners may contribute to their lack of self confidence.

If people had to learn to adapt to the needs of others too early in their lives, they may develop a false sense of self and become too distant from the person they long to be. Being a false self may lead to unhappiness and discontent as people feel they are not the agents of their life and react rather than act.

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 repeat them out of conscious awareness. However, internalised models which were meaningful and useful 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 awareness. Once conscious, we can make these models 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.

For those people who seek quick solutions to their problems, psychoanalytic psychotherapy is probably not the right path. However, if you are curious to understand your way of being, thinking and feeling, then you may get a lot out of longer-term analytic psychotherapy.

I am accredited with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and I am a member of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies.

How does Counselling and Psychotherapy work?

The way we experience and understand our interpersonal world is shaped by our earliest relationships and environment. These early experiences become deeply engrained in our personality and provide patterns how we think, feel and behave in our adult relationships. These templates can help us to feel positive and enhance our ability for form relationships, develop a sense of belonging and feel connected, or they may isolate us and make us feel anxious and insecure - often a reason, why people seek a therapist.

By means of a new relational experience with the therapist (the therapeutic relationship or alliance) our old and stubborn models of thinking, feeling and behaving may be challenged and new creative and proactive ways may gradually develop. The more often we "practice" these new ways, the more emotionally resilient we become.

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.

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