Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in North West London

George Blair

Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy in North West London

Be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.
Rainer Maria Rilke 1875 -1926 (from his Letters)


The main focus of my practice is in Golders Green at the North End Road Psychotherapy Practice at 18b North End Road NW11. I can offer sessions there on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday throughout the day and evening and on Friday mornings.

The practice is directly opposite Golders Green Underground station (Northern Line, Edgware branch). The 210 bus stops just outside the door as does the 43. Round the corner in Finchley Road the station is served by buses 328, 102, 406, 82, and 13 which terminates at Golders Green. All five stop outside the Golders Green Post Office northbound and across the road southbound.

About me

I am a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and a member of the Forum of Independent Psychotherapists (FIP) in College 1 –the Council of Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College (CPJA) –of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy(UKCP). (UKCP) the main professional body in the field for the UK.

Psychotherapy may be able to help you if you are experiencing recurrent psychological problems such as anxiety or compulsive behaviour affecting the quality of your life or spoiling your relationships.

Most psychological problems arise from our defences against buried feelings re-entering our conscious experience.
Think of the psyche as a play where the cast appears on stage in the guise of shadows and its development moves towards a resolution when the figures who cast the shadows are revealed and take their place under the lights.

photo by Ralph Blair

I have a particular interest in finding meaning in such difficult defensive states of mind as boredom and lack of vitality.
What I am thinking of by using the word 'meaning' is the possibility of a person discovering his or her vested interest in maintaining a particularly unproductive state of mind, only here 'understanding' is much more than an intellectual appreciation of the operative defensive system. Rather is it a matter of standing-under this knowledge of ourselves in a way that can allow for a choice to relinquish, or at least loosen, the power of the defensive pattern.

The complex puzzle of perversion poses a challenge to the psychoanalytic endeavour - for both parties - as embodying a fiercely defensive force field. The task of the therapy would be to seek a way of re-evaluating the compulsive patterns and to explore the possibility that so-called sexual dysfunction may be only a symptom of a profound apprehension aroused by the prospect of intimacy, and recalcitrant defences against those fears, buried in the broader structure of a person's character. Again it would be a matter of seeing their rigidity in operation in the session, and of assessing the cost of relinquishing them when other options for self expression are glimpsed.

In simple terms, a psychoanalytic approach aims to make it feasible to come to terms with what is in us, rather than seeking to get rid of a particular addictive symptom. It has a long record in enabling the emergence of the fuller rounded personality.

SEEING IS BELIEVING Working psychoanalytically entails paying particular attention to the interchange (the hidden enactment) constantly and subversively taking place between therapist and patient rather than the discussion of ideas, giving of advice or ascribing labels. This affords a setting in which these defensive patterns that mostly escape us (we tend not to want to see and gloss over)are not just referred to, but may be seen functioning for what they are, namely to obstruct our potential capacity to face reality--"so this is what I am up to!" seeing is believing and in this way we may in time be able to reach a more comfortable integration, able to discriminate between what feels true and so kind of good and what feels not so good in our inner world.

In this way a person may gain new insight into how their choices were being determined, and may thus experience a freedom to make different ones.

If you are considering exploring the possibility of having therapy and would like an initial interview to be able to assess whether it would be appropriate for you, CLICK HERE for my contact details.

Photo details:
above: A beam of intense darkness
below: Cast of shadows (from a series Edge of Somewhere)
Ralph Blair is a PYMCA freelance photographer living in Montrose.

The logo is a drawing by the lyrical Czech artist Ota Janecek who exhibited regularly from 1938 onwards in Prague and who died in 1996. As it has no name I have called it A little bird told me.

The other painting on the page is by one of the best loved and most controversial figures on the Czech art scene, Josef Jira. It is a small picture, only 14 x 27 cm., called Ruz pro kr (ruz means rose): Rose for kr. It has something, apart from considerable graphic charm, that suggests to me it belongs here. I am still trying to decide what it is.
I have just had an email (10/07/11) from Marketa who writes: 'I was just looking at your website and saw your notice about the picture by Josef Jira. From what I can read on that picture I think it says Ruze pro krejcovskou pannu which means A rose for a dressmaker’s dummy. I think it is a picture of a person in front of a dummy giving her a rose?'

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tel: 02083814806
North West London