Dr Andrew Williams is an experienced Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, having developed a wide range of clinical expertise through his career in the NHS spanning over 20 years. He latterly held a senior position as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Medical Psychotherapy for over a decade and was Head of the Tavistock Clinic’s Adult Psychotherapy Department in London.
Dr Williams currently practices predominantly as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and is experienced in the use of talking therapies to treat a wide range of conditions from depression, anxiety disorders, addictions and personality disorders. He practices in Central London, 5 minutes walk from Bond Street Underground station, 10 minutes from Oxford Circus and 15 minutes walk from Regents Park Underground Station.
Talking a problem through with a trusted friend can bring a sense of relief – ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. Knowing that someone else has an understanding of what we are going through can help us feel less alone, more supported and may give us a fresh perspective. So what differentiates a chat with a friend from seeing a psychoanalyst?
Psychoanalysts are trained to see things from a developmental perspective. This means that we are used to making links between early significant events or relationships (usually in childhood) and our current difficulties. These are experiences that have ‘gone to ground’ and quietly determine, or restrict the ways in which we think, feel and behave. Identifying these phenomena can enable us to better understand why we have become the person we are and to help us to see things from a new perspective.