I have a background in psychodynamic counselling but my practice today is rooted primarily in analytical psychotherapy. This is a form of psychotherapy which has its origins in the work of Carl Jung, but is also open to other psychoanalytic influences.
Like other analytical therapies, a Jungian approach focuses on the role of the unconscious mind and on how our expectations, behaviours and feelings in the present are influenced by our past feelings and experiences. Jung also placed emphasis on how the unconscious can show itself in dreams, through symbols, culture and creativity.
The central aim of psychotherapy could be said to be one helping us to become more fully ourselves (a process known as 'individuation'), through our relationships with others. This journey of the self is a central feature of analytical psychotherapy.
More broadly, I consider it important to explore and gain an understanding of the meanings people give to their own experiences, as part of an understanding of the unique self.