Karen Potter
Psychologist and Psychotherapist
Lismore, NSW

Therapeutic Approach

The Therapeutic Relationship

The therapeutic relationship is between the therapist and client and is the foundation of Karen’s practice.  She offers her capacity to listen deeply and be present with both patience and compassion.  Furthermore, all aspects of a person’s being are welcomed and met with acceptance and sensitivity. Additionally, Karen aligns herself with more relationally based styles of therapy as outlined below…

Perinatal, infant-parent, child, adolescent and parenting

In these areas of counselling, Karen combines attachment and developmental theories within a psychoanalytic approach.

The range of strategies that Karen may offer include mindfulness, parenting, cognitive-behavioural and nature-based strategies. In addition, Karen provides support, education and information. These assist the client further and all occurs within a safe and trusting environment.

Karen uses play and activities with younger children to develop the therapeutic connection. This also helps to understand the child’s inner world. Secondly, Karen talks to the child about their life and the things that trouble them.  With children and adolescents, Karen begins by meeting with parents/caregivers to gain an understanding of their concerns. Furthermore, she gains a developmental history. This helps her to understand the family and broader context of the situation.  Finally, as needed, Karen also meets with parents/caregivers and their child together.

In the area of psychology discussions, you may have come across the term ‘Attachment Theory’. This theory is used to understand the relationship pattern of infants to their primary parent/caregiver.  Predominantly, it is used in the psychological treatment of infants, children, and parents. However, it is now also often used to understand the relationship style of adults.  Karen has a thorough understanding of attachment theory and can use this knowledge in her work with parents/caregivers and with adults.

Individual and couples psychotherapy

The main technique used for individuals and couples is a psychoanalytic approach. This involves exploring issues, experiences and relationships more deeply. The aim of these sessions is to develop greater awareness of the self. This also assists the client in understanding their relationship patterns. In addition, practices and strategies may be identified to assist the process. 

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