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Neil Sullivan Analytic Therapy and Counselling

Neil Sullivan

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Welcome you to my website and hope you’ll find information that may help you in your search. I am in private practice in West Perth, close to the city of Perth, and also work with clients at mens’ transitional hostels through the Community Programs of Psychoanalytic/dynamic Practitioners of Perth Inc (PdPP).

Neil Sullivan Analytic Therapy and Counselling


Analytic Therapy is a confidential engagement between you and the therapist. Through the initial process of getting to know one another, a secure base for further exploration of the difficulties you are facing is created. By learning to understand the unconscious mind’s influence on your wellbeing, you become engaged with processes that can enable a gradual lessening of symptoms and an increasing confidence and contentment in personal and professional engagement. Your changing perceptions will alter the way you feel and react.

The therapeutic relationship is cooperative and collaborative, with the therapist assisting you in taking a lead in the process. This helps you become more independent in maintaining your own wellbeing and progressing this through life.

Psychoanalytic Therapy is usually medium to long term; problems that have become repetitive over many years, and affect various aspects of your life, will need time so you can become more permanently and independently in control of your own situation. You will develop and grow in a deeper understanding of yourself and your unconscious motivations.

Struggles I Commonly Work With Include: Anxiety, Depression, Sleeping Problems, Relational Issues, Trauma, Loneliness, Panic Attacks, Obsessive Tendencies, Anger Issues, Self-devaluation, Grief and Loss.


The Middle Years

Later in Life

Neil Sullivan

West Perth, City of Vincent

What lead me to practice Psychoanalytic Therapy was the notion that consideration of the individual was primary, and through the main process of listening to an individual’s story it became possible to help that person achieve the changes that they desired.

In my previous experience in The Montessori School the motto was, from the child’s perspective, “Help me to do it myself”. There is much the same relationship in psychoanalytic work, allowing you the freedom to follow your thoughts and to see how these thoughts relate to the difficulties you are encountering in the present. The inherent simplicity in this is matched by one of my favourite quotes from Sigmund Freud:

“Being entirely honest with oneself is always a good exercise.”

In our sometimes discordant world, psychotherapy gives you and the therapist a secure space where this honesty to one’s thoughts can be achieved, rather than the usual need to keep troubling experiences, past and present, to yourself. I know that many clients find this liberating, and that inspires my work.

Private practice and work as a visiting psychotherapist at men’s hostels enables me to be in touch with and assist a wide variety of clients with a correspondingly wide variety of needs. This is part of the Community Programs in which members of Psychoanalytic/dynamic Practitioners of Perth, PdPP, are involved.

After starting my Psychoanalytic studies at Churchill Clinic, I graduated from Perth School of Psychotherapy and Counselling and have been working with clients for six years. I find my membership with PdPP and the Western Australian Association of Mental Health, help me keep in touch with a wide variety of personal health issues.

We All Need Help With Life’s Difficulties

Anxiety, depression, lack of energy, loss of confidence and inhibitions are common symptoms that can become worse and lead to deeper problems if their root causes are not analyzed and understood. Whatever your personal difficulty is, your new understanding gained from the collaborative analysis of your experiences in Psychoanalytic Therapy will increase your perceptions in a way that leads to personal growth and knowledge.


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