Rob Frazer BSc, MA.
UKCP Registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
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"Not to laugh, not to lament, not to curse, but to understand" - Spinoza
Although I have trained academically as a psychologist and psychotherapist for over 15 years, I do not foist theoretical models on people and try to 'shoehorn' them to fit with theoretical expectations. Theory does, of course, inform my work, but first and foremost every person who comes to see me is an individual with a unique history, and I tailor a new therapy for every new person I work with.
Theoretically, the two main ways I work in are psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural - the two major therapies in use today.
Combining these approaches means I can address any underlying, unconscious causes to behaviour, as well as providing a cognitive 'tool kit' to challenge self-defeating thought and behaviour patterns that may be contributing to and maintaining problems for people.
Often I begin working with CBT techniques to help with symptom relief, and then move towards more dynamic work with the client over time. But no two therapies are ever the same, and I devise a new therapy for every new person I meet.
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Some proponents of CBT are quick to point out the lack of empirical support for the theoretical ideas in psychoanalysis, with some even claiming that this discredits psychoanalysis as a profession.
To me this is going much too far; something that is unproved is not disproved.
Psychoanalysis has a lot of explanatory power that millions of people have found to be relevant to their lives, often permamently changing the way they think, feel and act.
Concepts such as repression, transference, resistance, slips of the tongue, dream analysis, defence mechanisms have all stood the test of time. So, to me, their continued use and clinical efficacy are their own justification, and they make up an integral and invaluable part of my work.
Often I begin working with CBT techniques to help with symptom relief, and then move towards more dynamic work over time.
Psychotherapy & Counselling Luton