Neville Symington, John Bowlby

The Approach

An overview

We all struggle with our emotional internal world, understanding ourselves and how we relate to others. This complex process of gaining insight begins in utero and develops as a process throughout life. 

We tend to make sense of ourselves in relation to those we are close to and for this reason relationships play a crucial role in how we develop as people and how we make sense of the thoughts and feelings we experience along the way. 

Personalities are also dynamic by nature - we all have hopes and expectations. Sometimes we want to be close to others and sometimes we want to defend ourselves against our experience of others. 

We also all experience times when we feel less in touch with reality. Often this occurs when we are stressed, disconnected or lonely, or suffering low mood. On occasion our overall sense of ourselves can be ruptured and breakdown. This can be due to a new experience, a new perspective, a life event or stage of life.

I work psychodynamically. I focus on relationship patterns, unconscious experience and processes, developmental history and what occurs between the two of us, in the roomPsychotherapy can therefore, be challenging and involves self reflection to identify patterns of relating. It can also be hugely rewarding and in some instances life changing, in offering greater self awarenessimproving relationships and life experiences.  


Our work would include a short period of gaining some insight into your particular difficulties, background and circumstances. We would then work together to understand the dynamics behind these experiences, in the present and from the past. How it is that you are suffering and what might be preventing you being relieved of this pain, in your internal world. 

Psychodynamic theory is widely regarded as integral too many, if not most, counselling modalities. Contemporary theories focus on unconscious processes and predominantly on relational aspects of the human condition but also pay attention to structural theories of the mind. Lived experience is important in formulation, alongside experience of the therapeutic relationship. .


Below are some links to useful information about Psychodynamic approaches.