Psychoanalytic practice

"This world is empty to him alone who does not understand how to direct his libido towards objects, and to render them alive and beautiful for himself.", C.G. Jung, Symbols of Transformation par. 284

I offer a safe space of reflection, empathy and relatedness. I am clinically trained as a Jungian psychoanalyst in Zurich, where I practice surrounded by a rich community of analysts, colleagues and supervisors with whom I sustain an active dialogue aiming at the deepening of clinical theory, knowledge and practice. In addition to Zurich, I have worked in Berlin and in Lausanne supporting individuals from around the world to overcome personal and professional challenges. I also hold a practice in Athens, which I visit regularly.

My practice is informed by my diverse experiences and trainings. I owe gratitude to the jungian community and tradition within which my training was embedded and of which I continue to be an active member (AGAP, IAAP, ISAP).  I situate my practice within a broad frame of references and influences from a diverse field covering different streams of psychoanalysis, but also including the political and social sciences to which I have dedicated considerable time studying. I am committed to expanding the horizons of my practice and regularly engage in learning exchanges (peer intervisions and supervision) and training certifications to that effect.

I believe that we live in precarious times placing enormous demands on individual lives. More than ever, we are asked to demonstrate agility, adaptability and to innovate without any safety about the future; without the comfort of readily available narratives to draw meaning or a sense of orientation. My practice is a space where individuals can explore untapped resources and search for their own unique voice. It is a space for deep empathy and reflection; a space for self-discovery. I work with people from diverse backgrounds around the world facing a wide range of issues spanning from personal, relationship or professional crises, to existential and health-related challenges.  The emphasis here is on forging a personal path not on mere adaptation to the demands of one’s social milieu.  “There exists in the world a single path along which no one can go except you: whither does it lead? Do not ask, go along it”, F. Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations.

One of the basic tenants of analytical psychology is that symptoms are symbolic representations of an active psyche. Here, the emphasis is not on a preconceived taxonomy of pathologies, nor on a prescribed protocol of treatment. The work, rather, consists in the forging of a therapeutic/analytic alliance based on a set of resonances created between two parties involved in an exploration of meaning and insight, the analysand and the analyst, sitting face-to-face.   The aim is to broaden one’s horizons by means of developing a more active rapport with one’s unconscious: the deep unknown factor in the human psyche, a site of spontaneous creativity expanding beyond the limitations of an ego conditioned by preconceptions, inculcated experiences and/or rigid ideas.  This journey of discovery, exploration and meaning-making is a uniquely individual experience.  Exploring one’s own depth is not a solitary solipsistic endeavor. Deep inside the recesses of our psyche we discover not only unknown aspects of ourselves, but also our world, our humanity, nature.  Conversely, what we recover is not a set of skills, but a certain broadening; an opening that carries transformative potential in the way we engage with self and world.  As both C.G. Jung and F.Nietzsche have said, big problems in life are ultimately not resolved, but, rather overcome.