WELCOME TO SAANS PYSCHOTHERAPY
I am an Existential Psychotherapist with seven years of experience in working with individuals, couples, parent and child dyads, children between 12 and 16 and family systemic therapy. I believe humans have an inherent ability to transform and that a firm therapeutic alliance and mutual trust are crucial elements for self-exploration and reflection in therapy.
I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to explore whatever you need to in therapy.
What does Saans mean?
Saans, is a Hindi (one of the languages from india) word, which means to breathe.
In this day and age, with so much happening in our world, we can get caught up in the ups and downs, and sometimes forget to breathe.
Our breaths are essential not only for our survival, but for our wellbeing and balance, both mentally and physically. You may have experienced learning how to breathe in a meditation or yoga, mindfulness or pilates class, and I am hoping you experienced a deep sensation connecting you to your heart, soul and body. It is this connection we lose when we are anxious, uncertain, nervous, angry, sad. At times, when we are filled with a multitude of emotions, we can forget to breathe. A breath should be the mechanism that facilitates us to feel fully and be alive.
I chose this word for the practice as it symbolically represents, the many times in life, when I have forgotten to breathe. I believe that in working through your concerns and questions surrounding your life, and living, we can work together to help you learn to breathe a full, purposeful breath, which has the power to ground and balance you.
"Life is available only in the present moment"
- Thich Nhat Hanh
"What you are looking for is already in you..You already are everything you are seeking"
- Thich Nhat Hanh
Why Psychotherapy and why now?
Therapy is effective not simply just through talking about your ‘problems’; that is only the first step. Diving deeper, therapy is about consciously working to ameliorate your abilities to change the things you can change and to accept what you cannot.
Psychotherapy creates a unique space where you can explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviour in a non-judgmental, confidential and supportive environment. The therapeutic alliance, which is the quality of the relationship created between you and your therapist, is pertinent for therapy to be effective and one that fosters self-awareness, trust and change.
The areas of concern I work with are (and not limited to):
- Abuse – physical, Emotional, financial abuse
- Addiction- substance, gambling, internet, sexual etc.
- Ageing / Empty nesters / Retirement
- Anorexia/ Binge eating /Bulimia
- Anxiety / Panic attacks
- Bipolar/Manic depression
- Dysfunctional relationships / family dynamics
- Female ageing concerns
- Grief / Loss / Bereavement
- Identity and sense of self
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship concerns
- Third culture / cultural issues
- Work related issues