Christine Blake is trained as an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist, which gives her an in depth understanding of the importance of relationships in helping to shape our experiences in early childhood and throughout our lives. She currently works in private practice with individuals at The Awareness Centre in Clapham.
As an attachment-based practitioner, she aims to work in a relational way to support you to build a sense of security in yourself and your relationships with others in order to develop the internal resources to cope with the many challenges life brings. Through a psychoanalytic approach she aims to support you to make sense of and find strategies to address unconscious thoughts that can lead to frustrating and repetitive behavioural patterns that can keep you stuck and prevent you from achieving your full potential.
Her practice is underpinned by knowledge of trauma, abuse, bereavement and loss with a background of twenty five years of working with people in the community. This includes working with the sometimes hidden and sometimes overwhelming feelings of anger that can result as a way of managing pain and loss. She also has knowledge and experience of working with addictions and other compulsive or repetitive behaviours that individuals can develop as survival strategies to defend against painful feelings that have never been fully addressed, understood or supported.
Christine says through working with a diverse range of people it has helped her to appreciate the importance of loving relationships and how much people struggle with feeling abandoned and alone, sometimes in the face of terrible depression, anxiety and loss. Her aim is to work through painful or difficult experiences with kindness and warmth to provide a secure base in which it is possible to slowly build trust in an ongoing therapeutic relationship and be empowered to engage in the world in a new way. Christine sees counselling and psychotherapy as a joint venture in which each therapeutic relationship is unique. You are your own expert and she aims to bring her skills and experience to facilitate and empower you to get in touch with your own meaning and purpose.