Trainee Attachment-based Psychotherapist
My name is Gareth, an Attachment-Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, practicing from HQ Therapy Rooms in Haggerston, E8 and also my private practice in Stoke Newington, N16. In addition, my work includes one day for the NHS, as an Honorary Parent and Infant Psychotherapist (PIT), at The Maudsley Hospital, South London.
Attachment-based psychotherapy can be helpful if you find yourself wondering about how we got to where we are today. It can offer support facing up to some of the feelings and fears we may have hidden from ourselves. If relationships went awry in childhood or adulthood, or we feel alone, our ability to manage daily life can feel quite disrupted, even throwing us into crisis. Attachment-based psychotherapy at the core, holds the understanding of the importance that relationships offer to human growth and individual development throughout life, regardless of how one may choose to identify.
The disruptions we experience, can leave profound consequences on our ability to create and maintain safe, loving and respectful relationships, not only with ourselves but also our intimate partners and friends. They can impact the way we feel about our identity and how we relate to other people, reducing our self-esteem, our confidence, leaving us feeling brittle, fragile or depressed.
As a gay man and a father, I have a particular interest in working with LGBTQ+ people regarding issues on gender, sexuality, diversity, and relationships (GSDR). Please contact me should you have any specific questions relating to GSDR or how gay affirmative therapy might feel supportive for you.
Aims of Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy can include,
~ Becoming less critical, punishing or destructive relationship with oneself
~ Developing a deeper understanding of oneself
~ A better understanding of other people
~ Improved ability to make and maintain relationships with others
~ Greater pleasure in achievements, work and life
~ Healthier ways for coping with anxiety and stress
~ Feeling less overwhelmed or weighed down to feel more spontaneous
I openly invited to talk about all aspects of yourself when you feel ready. It can be really difficult and feel uncomfortable talking and thinking about past experiences as well as present-day, current and past relationships, future ambitions, sexual life, emotional life, values, beliefs, and even dreams. In truth, nothing is off-limits... The hope we have is the relationship between us develops and will become an important part of your therapy.
My aim is to provide an empathic, non-judgmental and confidential space, fostering a safe and supportive environment for you to explore difficult experiences and feelings. Feelings can include exciting, erotic and pleasurable experiences that you might want to understand in more depth also. Sessions last for 50 minutes (unless otherwise agreed) and arranged once, twice or three times a week.
I approach our work in an open-ended way, therefore therapy may continue for months or several years, depending on your individual needs. Many people who have experienced difficulties over many years value a long-term approach to this work.From time to time in all our lives, we face difficulties that can leave us with uncomfortable feelings, anxieties or intrusive thoughts. These feelings can impact our day to day life, creating reoccurring problems whilst leaving us feeling something is unresolved.
Attachment-based psychotherapy can help you understand patterns within your own life, reducing anxiety, enabling you to take greater control over your life.
You might notice you behave differently and how your feelings vary depending on the environment or situation you are in. It is possible that what you are experiencing is an accumulation of unresolved events, which draw your attention to, and have an impact upon your daily life and your relationships.
Attachment is a very special emotional relationship unique to us all. As an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist, I am interested in how parents and caregivers respond to their infant, create safety, support exploration and support autonomy. These responses create patterns that go on to guide the child’s feelings, thoughts and expectations as an adult in future relationships. Our early life with our primary caregivers are essential to heathy mental functioning in adult life.
For me, it is important that you are seen and heard as an individual. I warmly invite and encourage you to bring, whatever feelings may be present for you in this moment. There is no limit to what can be discussed in psychotherapy and our discussions create new ways of understanding. The relationship which develops between us becomes an important part of the your therapy.
Deciding who to trust is a very personal experience. My hope is that the information I offer, can make this step more comfortable. My aim is to offer you a unique opportunity to explore all thoughts and feelings that have led you to begin your personal enquiry. We will meet in a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment, which may also be lively and challenging if needed.
Where and Contact
If you would like to arrange an initial consultation or if you have any questions. regarding my fees, availability or approach, please drop me an email at email@example.com
or call, text 07546 680358.
I practice from HQ Therapy, Haggerston E8 & Stoke Newington N16.
Both are only a short walking distance from the Overground stations of Stoke Newington & Hagerstown, Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction offering access to Liverpool Street Station and the City in 15mins or to Seven Sisters station (Victoria line) just 4mins. The overground also takes you in 5mins to Hackney Downs with access to Stratford and Highbury & Islington. Bus routes 73, 476, 149, 106, 67, 76, 243 stop in the near vicinity.
You can find more information regarding attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapy, at The Bowlby Centre following the link below https://thebowlbycentre.org.uk/psychotherapy/