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Paula J Hamm LPC


Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is an effective, evidence-based treatment grounded in psychoanalytic principles; it has been shown to be helpful for a wide variety of mental health issues. It is especially beneficial for problems that don't respond to other therapies or medication alone. What to expect--The relationship patient develops with the analyst is key in psychoanalysis. Typically, treatment involves the patient coming several times a week, lying on a couch as openly and freely as possible. Treatment is about developing a relationship. Many patients come to therapy because of pain. The pain of loss, the pain of trauma, inability to cope, insecure or ambivalent or insecure attachments or just downright unhappy with life. Together we work on putting the pieces of emotional history together, at first however fragmented, to create a cohesive narrative. Emotional work is not like academic learning. Academic learning comes quicker than emotional learning. Emotional learning is slower, takes time, musing, associations, dreaming, daydreaming and talking about feelings. Emotions matter in life and are central to all other learning. Emotions are the psychological bedrock on which all of life is lived. When people talk about not being able to cope or are unhappy, or depressed or anxious what people are really talking about is not having language for their emotions. Psychotherapy is a talking cure for a professional who provides a safe, secure and trusting environment for emotions to evolve. Please visit my website for more on the power of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

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What do you love most about your job?

I love meeting new people and creatively working together to building emotional structures where the fabric of their hearts and minds need reinforcement.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I started my private practice in a rectory, St. Timothy's Catholic Church when I was 29 years old and newly licensed as a licensed professional counselor. I have a background in theology in addition to my education in psychology. I was the first laywoman to work as a Youth Minister when I was 21 years old so the world of Catholicism and spirituality have always been important to me. When people needed help in the Middle Ages they did not go to a psychologist, they turned to the religious who were the most educated in the ways of the spirit of God. Faith takes us through the dark times and brings our souls closer to the light of God of compassion, hope, and believe that life is to be lived with purpose and meaning.

Why should our clients choose you?

I have a lot of experience working with mental health issues, I am very well trained as a psychoanalyst and even more important I believe in my vocation as a psychoanalyst. Talking helps, to talk cures and relationships matter.

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This will vary according to the level of experience and training that the therapist holds.

This will depend on where you live, what level of training your therapist has and what they specialise in (whether they are a counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist) and also how many years of working experience they have.

Your professional therapist will be able to advise you on the full range of therapies available and will be able to help you select the best one to suit your needs. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Use Bark to get free quotes and find a trusted therapist today.

You need to devote some time to finding the right therapist as the connection you have with your therapist is essential. You need someone who you can trust, someone you feel comfortable talking to about difficult subjects and intimate secrets, someone who will be a partner in your recovery. Therapy will not be effective unless you have this bond, so take some time in the beginning to find the right person.

It is worth talking to a few potential therapists and asking questions. Therapists also have special areas of focus, such as depression or eating disorders. For some issues, such as trauma or PTSD, seeing a specialist is absolutely essential.

Everyone’s treatment is different. How long your therapy lasts depends on many factors.

You may be offered a single session of counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months or a longer course that lasts for several months or years.

It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your trusted Bark therapist.

Professional counsellor training takes three to five years and can be a diploma or degree level. Qualification requires a minimum number of client hours acquired through a work placement.

You may also want to ask for testimonials of their recent work. You could also look at their profile page on Bark and Bark can show you reviews from past customers who have used their therapy.

Therapy has repeatedly and consistently helped patients with a whole host of issues. It can help with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder. Or it can help with an upsetting physical health condition such as infertility, a difficult life event such as a bereavement or a relationship breakdown. It can also be used to tackle difficult emotions such as low self-esteem, anger or sexual identity issues. Therapists also offer couples therapy. Therapists can also help with anxiety issues deriving from the coronavirus.

Absolutely! Many therapists offer sessions over the phone or through an online video chat platform, so you can have a session from the comfort of your own home - all you need is a strong internet connection and you're good to go.

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