Peter Kravitz, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Peter Kravitz

Edinburgh EH9 English
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Peter Kravitz, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Peter Kravitz

Edinburgh EH9 English
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My Approach

Psychotherapy can help people access inner resources which they have built up over time to cope with life's challenges. Sometime we forget we have these, or else we cannot access them, or they are not sufficient.

Much of what people bring involves - often the delayed impact of difficult transitions, of separation and grief. These may be in personal relationships or the workplace (or both). As we move through the decades, disappointment can come as fast and thick as joy. Although this may come with being a human being in the world, challenges can creep up on us over time or leap in front of us us out of nowhere. Either way, they can leave us feeling diminished, puzzled and stuck.

My main trainings are in Transactional Analysis and Gestalt Psychotherapy, together with further professional development in the cognitive, Jungian and psychodynamic traditions.

As a member of the Humanistic and Integrative College of the UKCP, I use a number of different approaches. These come together to support the unfolding needs of the person who has come to see me.

About Me

In 2012, after twelve years of private practice in Edinburgh, I joined the Edinburgh Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre. Working there as a psychotherapist taught me many things about the impact of chronic and acute health issues on relationships, and the effects of shock and trauma linger and return over time.

My background before training as a psychotherapist was in publishing. Between 1984 and 1990 I was Editor of the journal Edinburgh Review and in 1997 I edited The Picador Book of Contemporary Scottish Fiction. More recently I have written an Afterword for "Is it still ok to have cuddles?: Explaining breast cancer in words very young children can understand" by Elke Thompson.

I work with

  • Couples
  • Families
  • Groups
  • Individuals
  • Private healthcare referrals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

The feeling of 'Why Me?' that often comes with chronic illness is something we are quick to squash. We want to be strong and carry on as normal and be of use to the world and no burden on others. However, at some point we might have to acknowledge that we are more vulnerable than we ever thought would be the case. During the process of accounting for this, the stress on ourselves and those close to us can rise to unsustainable levels. It makes sense to bring some consultation to the situation to help complete communication between people that can otherwise remain unfinished.
Working with couple issues has always been a significant part of my work. It is normal for long-term relationships to face challenges which may be dramatic (eg. affairs or the fear-of-having an affair), or more everyday (eg. becoming exhausted by the routines of daily life). It is also to be expected that the initial romance that brings people together will change in its intensity over time. Sometimes it may seem like 'this was not how it was meant to be' or 'if this is what our relationship has become then it must be over'. Couples often need assistance to clarify values and needs, and then to make realistic requests of each other. This can be difficult to achieve without external support. In addition to partners I work with sibling relationships and also parent/grown-up child tensions.
The most obvious way we face the anxiety of separation is when a long-term relationship comes to an end. Especially when children are involved it can be beneficial for the parents to meet with a psychotherapist to talk over how best to manage the transition to a way of parenting together when living apart. The workplace - especially after redundancy or retirement - can trigger fear and anger about the way that an ending came about. These thoughts and feelings in turn may connect up with separation experienced earlier on in life, which can make for an intensity that can be almost too much to deal with as part of daily life.
Nowadays it is normal for families to shift over time, include new blends of people and morph into more complex patterns than in years past. This may happen without any apparent disagreements. At other times it makes sense for people to come together and discuss, for example, different styles of parenting children, as well as attitudes to sex, money, alcohol and drugs.
The distress which trauma brings requires a combination of directness and patience. People often find it hard to believe that sudden events can bring overwhelm in the present even if they have occurred many years before. Sometimes things might feel stuck or intractable, yet this could be the mind asking for a pause during a piece of longer term work, and is worth tolerating. When the freeze and flight response becomes locked in, it can be hard to find energy just to function adequately in everyday life.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Age-related Issues
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Illness
  • Couple Issues
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Obsessions
  • Parents
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Relationships
  • Separation
  • Step Families
  • Stress
  • Supervision
  • Terminal Illness
  • Trauma
  • Workplace Counselling

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy

Edinburgh Office

86 Causewayside
Edinburgh EH9 1PY

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UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
Peter Kravitz

Peter Kravitz

Edinburgh EH9

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