Bondi Junction Psychotherapy - Amanda Dowd
143 Edgecliff rd
Woollahra, Sydney NSW 2025
Servicing area: Bondi Junction, Woollahra, Sydney & Eastern Suburbs NSW, and Australia-wide via online consult
A Jungian approach to emotional and mental health can help you to better understand the patterns of behaviour that disrupt your relationships and prevent you from living a fuller and more meaningful life. Understanding these patterns facilitates change which opens the way to greater freedom and more choice.
Jungian Psychoanalysis & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Jungian psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy together offer an holistic approach to understanding our lives and the world in which we live.
A Jungian and post-Jungian approach has a deep respect for the uniqueness of the individual, for the wisdom of the psyche, for the purposive nature of both dreams and symptoms and for the importance of creativity and imagination. I have an ecological approach which recognises that we are relational beings and that we are always situated within a particular social, environmental and cultural context.
I draw on a range of theoretical and clinical influences and work with dreams to assist clients in understanding and working through emotional distress and loss, interpersonal conflicts and confusions, life changes and uncertainties.
A Jungian and post-Jungian approach is applicable to individuals, couples, families and groups because it places the relationship with and understanding of one's 'self' at the centre of understanding one's relationships with others and relationships between ourselves and the world.
It rests on two assumptions:
- that our unconscious life profoundly affects and interferes with our conscious intent; and
- that the integration of disavowed aspects of self supports the development of the personality towards greater self-fulfilment and engagement with life.
Once acknowledged and related to, our unconscious life can potentially enrich and expand our conscious awareness and become a source of creative renewal and meaning making.
Reasons for Coming to Therapy
People come into psychotherapy because they feel that their relationship with themselves and others feels 'wrong' in some way. They may feel anxious and/or depressed, feel a lack of meaningfulness or purpose in life, feel confused about relationships or life path, find themselves in a difficult situation, or perhaps feel stuck or blocked or can’t sleep.
Some people come into therapy because of unsettling or frightening dreams or repeating dream ‘themes’ or because they have had a powerful dream experience which they wish to understand.
Other reasons for seeking therapy:
- Disturbed relationship with food and the body
- Traumatic life event(s)
- Migration and displacement issues
- Identity issues and confusions
- Recurring, chronic or unexplained physical symptoms
- Chronic mental distress
- Confusion about oneself
- Pre- and post-natal depression
- Life change issues
I offer a safe, supportive and confidential space where you will be able to discover and reflect on yourself in a new way and work towards making the changes that feel right for you.
Psychotherapy and clinical supervision sessions via either Facetime or Zoom are available for clients who live outside Sydney.
Book an appointment and visit my website for more information.