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Psychotherapy with Hannah Downing
In-Person or Remote / Short-Term or Open-Ended

What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy? 

Psychodynamic therapy could be regarded as a more accessible descendant of psychoanalysis. If you are aware of past issues bubbling to the surface and creating obstacles in your life today, this could of benefit to you. You might have noticed a repetition of unwanted patterns that seem to happen as if you are on auto-pilot. My focus would be more on what might be behind your current symptoms than a focus purely on the symptoms themselves. Through our sessions, we would gently explore and piece together what is going on internally and over time, what has led you to where you are. This process can feel like a more complete picture of your life coming together as more comes into your awareness. Once you are more aware of what is behind your symptoms, it can feel possible to resolve what may have felt out of reach previously. 

As a psychodynamic therapist, I use a combination of psychoanalytic theories and concepts in my work, depending upon what is most appropriate for each client’s needs. 


Some information about me

I began my training at the Severnside Institute of Psychotherapy in Bristol before completing my MSc in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Counselling for Adults at Birkbeck College in London. Within my work for several charities and in my private practice, I have helped clients with a wide range of issues. My private practice is called Enter Therapy. 


My life experiences combined with my own journey through personal therapy made me realise the positive impact that committing to therapy can have on the quality of life. It is a privilege to be a part of my clients’ internal worlds, working together towards what are often truly life-changing moments. I feel honoured to be a part of the process of therapy for each of my clients.

I offer short-term or open-ended sessions, depending on what my clients’ aims and hopes are from therapy. Short-term psychodynamic therapy can feel more intense and would be suitable for those who are looking to get back on their feet or to have an initial dip into therapy to see how it feels. Working on a longer term basis seeks to work with the patterns that might have emerged over time, and which might be holding someone back from leading the life that they might prefer to.​​

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