Underground: Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street, Holborn, Russell Square
Initial consultation £60/£30 depending on financial circumstances.
Ongoing fee and frequency of sessions to be discussed within the initial consultation.
Training / Qualifications:
New Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis (NLS)
BA English, MA Psychoanalysis
Interests and Research:
My work has introduced me to many people with diverse presenting conditions and questions.
More specifically, each analysand presents with their singular orientation of desire, marked by those contextual obstacles that are producing suffering and bearing hints of its talents in nascent forms.
As the demand of each speaking being is taken at its word in its point of originality, doors begin to open, moment by moment, and the analysand discerning something else in their sayings as an effect of an unfolding project of pulsion (I must), desire (I consent) and work (I act).
One axis of experience brings to attention the effects of anguish - both creative and inhibiting - in the fields of education and work. Examples of this may be noted in
diagnosed conditions such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, ADD, ADHD, or unrecognised ways such as perplexing unrealised potentials; overwork with attendant anxiety/fatigue – eg ‘burnout’; difficulties with coordination – physical/conceptual; a strained relation to time – crushing rushing, procrastination, repeating dis-appointment.
Autism Spectrum Conditions, including Asperger’s Syndrome, introduce further discrete dimensions into our awareness regarding how a human being may experience its sentience in a world presented from the point of view of Others’ use of language.
Another axis of note relates to the place of that point of real – an unthinkable truth - that assails the sentient being under conditions named as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Experience traces how the associated phenomena - some more explicit, some more discrete – insist until a symbolisation of more fundamental truth is wrought; one that situates that hitherto intractable encounter in its authentic place within that broader context of creative possibilities that life affords.
A further axis, and possibly the most performative, pertains to the nature of language itself; taking cognisance of its forms, its facilities, its powers, and those very effects that psychoanalysis engages with.
Freud’s general instruction to the analysand for free association the in the service of Truth during the session mobilises the discreet powers and facilities of language. Without this foundational invitation to pay attention to language-based thought and speech, psychoanalysis would be without a framework of operations.
As the revelations of our practise continue to inform, there are grounds for making explicit the value and efficacy of a waking pause in language-based activity for the analysand. Freud could have assumed a great deal more quietude of language in daily life during this time. His notion of ‘evenly suspended attention’ during the session – ie, inattention to the analyst’s own thoughts specifically relied on the necessary mooring of such activity.
The efficacy psychoanalysis for the analysand is well-served by their mobilising their faculties of language. The analysand may be further well-served in making use, following Freud, of a daily period of ‘evenly suspended attention’. A punctuative pause in language-based activity in the movement of ‘one’s world’ allows the false to lose its charge, and the clarity of the more subtle truths to find their way to awareness all the more distinctly.
Working with Languages: