Elisabeth AuerPsychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Counselling in Twickenham

Psychotherapy. moi

I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist and counsellor in Twickenham, London Borough of Richmond.

I work face-to-face with people in my consulting room at Ash House in Twickenham which is easily accessible by public transports and in walking distance from Strawberry Hill Train Station and bus stops.

I also work online via Zoom and Skype.

As a European migrant (my country of origin is Austria) I enjoy working with people from different cultures. I speak English and German.

In my work I am deeply influenced by Relational Psychoanalysis, an orientation which emphasizes the importance of creating a lively, genuine relationship with the client. In a collaborate process, we explore unconscious processes and unhelpful internalised models which we bring into awareness. Once aware, these models become susceptible to change.

Apart from the modality a therapist has adopted, it is the quality of the therapeutic relationship which is one of the main determinant whether counselling is help- and successful. The first session helps the therapist and the client to assess whether both parties can form an alliance.

In my work, I implement findings from developmental psychology, neuroscience, cognitive behavioural research, attachment theory and mentalization-based treatment.

How Therapy works ...

The way we behave, think and feel is 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 out of conscious awareness and triggered when we are frightened and seek proximity to an attachment figure. However, internalised models which were meaningful and useful in the past, may not be relevant and useful in present situations anymore. In therapy, we try to explore and change these models.

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.

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

NICABM has produced a useful graphic which explains how and by which means the brain structure changes - in positive and negative ways:

Psychotherapy. Neuroplasticity

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