Freudian thinking posits the ego as independent of other drives; tasked with self preservation and dealing with the demands of reality. The principle of ‘reality’ is arguably subjective; considering risk, making ‘appropriate’ decisions. In conflict with ‘phantasies’ – perhaps an underlying, ever present tension? So how do we satisfy need? By learning to develop a ‘healthy… Read More The ‘ego’ and its independence.
Counselling and Catharsis The Greek Philosopher, Aristotle termed catharsis as ‘drama which leads to emotional purging… a release of deeply held emotions’. An emotional cleansing perhaps? Catharsis in practice is about ‘appropriately bringing to consciousness repressed ideas, accompanied by the expression of emotion‘, and safe release of tension. Counselling provides individuals with the opportunity to… Read More Catharsis
As a professional counsellor, I view my role as an objective observer; informed by Psycho-dynamic theory and a relational approach to practice. Careful and considered thought is given to feelings, thoughts, and relationships with self and others. As the therapeutic relationship develops, meaning is applied and links drawn between the past and the present. Counselling is not something that is ‘done to you’, it is a two-person process.… Read More How I work