I am a psychoanalyst practising in north west London, trained in the Lacanian tradition and a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. As a complement to my private practice, I've been privileged to work in diverse clinical settings, such as St Thomas Hospital, London, and in therapeutic environments with adults and children in the United States. My work ethic embodies a keen respect for the individual as narrator and navigator of her own experience.
Psychoanalysis offers a unique approach to speech and language and to the words an individual ascribes to their position in matters of love. As a process of truth unfolding, it has significant links to literature, art, poetry and mathematics. Indeed, for the individual contemplating a psychoanalytic setting, its landscape is not unlike a blank canvas for the artist, a parchment scroll for the poet, or a mathematical encounter with the unknown properties of X. All can be likened to the beginnings of an inventive process – an inscribing or working through – of what is elusive or unsaid.
In psychoanalysis the essence of narrative is oft entwined with a desire to re-imagine one's place in social discourse, much like a potter who reformulates clay as a gesture of reparation. The phrase 'I can't say anything about...' , re-visited as 'but perhaps I can say this'. The journey itself often begins with a symptom – whether a specific complaint or a general feeling of anxiety – that presents itself in daily life.
If you are considering psychoanalysis as a process you can use – one which invites your own words to explore the influence of narratives on past, present and future – then perhaps there is a question you’d like me to address.
WHAT ARE WORDS WORTH?