Bita Riazati – Psychologist, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
From time to time we all face stressors and traumatic events that impact us, and become the sources of anxiety and unmanageable stress for us. Finding a psychologist or therapist who listens to you, and allows you a space to be heard becomes very important. You need to be able to speak freely about the issues that are on your mind and to be an active participant in your own treatment. As a registered psychologist I am specially trained to help you explore your concerns and life challenges openly and safely in a confidential space.
Hopefully as our work progresses you might gain a level of knowledge about who you are, what you want, and how you negotiate overwhelming situations. Perhaps along the way you will learn something about what might be the sources of your pain and suffering
My treatment method is based on the clinical evidence from Lacanian psychoanalysis, which means the treatment is based on what emerges in language and in the therapeutic relationship. I have had six years of clinical training in psychology, in addition to ongoing professional training in psychoanalysis. I also attend regular clinical supervision to discuss my treatment plans, and receive second opinion on clinical questions that emerges for me in my clinical work.
As a psychoanalytically oriented therapist, it means that I have had to undergo my own psychoanalysis to become familiar with my own unconscious conflicts, defences, resistances and behaviours. I believe this is important because therapists need to be familiar with their own unconscious to provide a treatment that supports your development in the sessions.
I use a psychoanalytic technique, which means you learn over time to listen to yourself better. The focus of my clinical practice is on speech and what you say about yourself. As the French psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan’s famous statement was that, ‘the mind is structured like language’, and so for us to learn something about you / your unconscious, we need to listen to you speak as freely as possible. My job primarily is to focus on what you say in the session to analyse, make connections, and identify things that might not have been obvious to you. Hopefully as our work progresses you gain more insight and knowledge about who you are, what you want and how you negotiate overwhelming situations. Perhaps along the way you will learn something about what might be the sources of your pain and suffering.