Hello, My name is David Dixon and I am an experienced, qualified and registered psychotherapist and counsellor located in London Bridge and in Dalston, Hackney. I work full time in private practice within easy reach of Liverpool Street, the City and Central London, Islington and Shoreditch.
Whereas Behavioural therapies may help you deal with, say, a fear of spiders by helping you derive conscious ways of dealing with your panic such as mindfulness or exposure so a more rational part of you can take the wheel, Psychotherapy tends to look at the 'spidery' relationships you may be experiencing or avoiding; the sense of entrapment or over-possessiveness; a toxicity alongside the panic, manifest in both oneself or in others by turns. Similarly, a behavioural approach to chronic lack of motivation might look at ways to provide structure and goals; baby steps to getting back control. A psychotherapeutic approach might explore a tendency to disown or hold back the aggression necessary to compete and achieve, perhaps because this may be seen to harm others. Both approaches have their merits and can suit different people at different times. Certainly my approach to psychotherapy does not ignore the need to function effectively in the everyday world.