Stephanie Davis

Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

About me

I am an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist with experience of working both in private practice and the NHS. I am a registered member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Bowlby Centre (BC – formerly the Centre for Attachment-Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy – CAPP). As such, I am fully insured and bound by their professional Code of Ethics. As such you can feel safe in the knowledge that you are in trained, professional caring, sensitive &safe hands.

After completing a four year training at the Centre for Attachment-Based psychoanalytic psychotherapy (CAPP), and a PhD in psychology, I have developed expertise in working with a range of clients from different cultural and national backgrounds with concerns as diverse as depression, anxiety, trauma, eating problems and abuse as well as emotional difficulties and problems of identity and the self.

About the therapy

I provide psychotherapy to individuals from an attachment-based psychoanalytic perspective. I offer a safe space for us to explore and understand together whatever challenges and difficulties you are experiencing in your life. The exploration also involves working towards overcoming individual challenges, and facilitating the development of a new way of being and achieving your life goals.

My Approach

As an attachment-based therapist, I view relationships with others as a key part of human development and growth, and understand that disruptions and difficulties in relationships – in both childhood and adulthood – and feelings of isolation can damage our ability to manage our lives and our selves. These disruptions and difficulties can affect us in a variety of ways of which we may be unaware. My work involves facilitating an understanding of how much of one’s behaviour, and way of relating to others, is influenced by processes linked to such disruptions and difficulties.

I use the EFT approach when working with couples. Attachment needs are present throughout the lifespan and viewing the adult couple relationship as an attachment relationship offers a perspective which views the difficulties and disruptions as a consequence of couples struggling to have a good enough, supportive attachment with one another. When a couples’ attachment feels insecure it can result in negative cycles of behaviour which prevent them from communicating and connecting effectively. Working from this perspective, I endeavour to support couples to identify and understand their negative cycles and support them in unlocking the emotions fuelling this negative cycle to facilitate a move to a more secure and supportive attachment and way of relating.

I consider therapy to be ‘relational’ in that it is an endeavour in which the therapist and client are both engaged and working together to effect change.

Getting Started

The first step would be to arrange an initial consultation in which we would think about what has brought you to therapy at this time and what your struggles and difficulties are. We would think about your family, your history and any key life events that may be linked to the issues you are currently facing. We would also think about whether a short term therapy or a more long term open ended therapy is the right thing for you. This initial space also provides you with an opportunity to decide whether therapy with me is right for you – it is important to feel that your therapist is someone you can work with.
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