I am a UKCP registered Group Analyst, full member of the Institute of Group Analysis and a Training Group Analyst. My work in psychodynamic psychotherapy spans 20 years in the NHS and for the last 10 years overseas in South Africa.
As a Group Analyst my work is concerned with the person in a complex social system. In South Africa I became interested in the impact of social and cultural influences on us as individuals. My orientation is towards the personal and individual, as they present with difficulties arising from relationships in a variety of contexts.
I work mainly with adults, individually and in groups. Some of this work includes people who have experienced challenges in mental health presenting as eating disorders, depression, anxiety or other less defined disturbance in managing their lives. This work includes couples and families, including children and adolescents, as part of the relational matrix.
I work within a psychotherapeutic dynamic model, taking account of your relationship history, where you are currently and what life events, in the past two years or over the coming two years are important to you now. This will comprise of an initial appointment with an agreed plan of follow up sessions.
We all encounter points in our lives when we are making adjustments to a new stage, albeit the familiar ones from adolescence to adulthood, singleton to a partnership or marriage, from working to retired, loss and bereavement. These, and other less defined, transition points are times of disturbance that can be an opportunity for creativity and change. By seeking a safe and secure place where you can share thoughts and feelings, will look after your mental and health needs now and in the future.
I run a weekly group which takes place on Monday evenings in Hove. In the initial stage, when people are considering joining a group, I see them individually to get to know them, explain the process, check the boundaries and provide a setting whilst a group comes together.
Not everyone will chose to join a group, but may instead remain in individual sessions for short or long-term psychotherapy.
Working with Couples and Families: Couples and parents can find a group structure helps with sharing experiences, finding comfort in being with others facing similar challenges.
Dorothea is available at our Brighton and Hove Practice.
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