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Raffaella Hilty

| Analytical Psychologist & Psychotherapist (BPC, UKCP, IAAP)

Raffaella Hilty offers open-ended psychotherapy and analytical work, to both individuals and couples, providing an expert a safe environment from where to explore one’s present issues and how early attachment and meaningful past relational experiences may have contributed to the way the present is perceived and approached. Often the therapeutic relationship itself can be very helpful to facilitate this exploration and further this understanding.

Whilst her work takes into account the influence of the past onto the present, it also places as much attention to the future and to the fact that in the present psychological suffering there may be the potential for a meaningful new direction. The focus of the work moves between the present and the past, the inner world and the outer reality, the aim being to become freer from the influence of the past and develop more manageable and meaningful ways to relate to oneself and others.

Her extensive experience in dream analysis is also an integral part of her in depth-approach to the analytical work.

Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

John Bowlby, the founder of attachment-theory, realised that our inborn need to create attachment bonds with others lasts throughout the life cycle, and that our present emotional suffering and relational difficulties are rooted in our early attachment histories.
Attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy emphasises the importance of the therapeutic relationship to facilitate deep long-lasting psychological change. To paraphrase John Bowlby, such a relationship can provide a secure base (1988) from which to explore and reflect on one’s past relational histories and traumatic experiences, and how these may have contributed to our present emotional issues. The aim being to lead more creative and fulfilling lives in the present.

Jungian Analysis (Analytical Psychology)

C.G. Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, believed that the unconscious is not only the ‘repressed’ but also a source of creativity and wisdom striving towards psychological growth, what he referred to as ‘individuation’. Individuation is a process which consists in the development of a greater degree of awareness of oneself within the context of one’s personal history and present interpersonal experiences.
Analytical psychology is an approach to psychotherapy which aims to facilitate the process of individuation, by bringing balance and union between the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind. This approach takes a prospective view of the presenting psychological suffering and symptoms. In fact, whilst one’s life history is very important to understand one’s current difficulties, such difficulties also contain the potential for future psychological growth and development.

‘Just as the unconscious affects us, so the increase in our consciousness affects the unconscious.’ C.G. Jung

Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy

Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy is an approach to couple psychotherapy rooted in classic and contemporary psychanalytic concepts, the aim being to bring unconscious thoughts and feelings into consciousness so they can be talked about and explored.

In couple psychotherapy what is explored is both the individual unconscious of each partner and the interpersonal unconscious of the couple. This approach to psychotherapy involves assessing the couple as a pair and as two separate individuals, helping reveal how each partner contributes to the couple dynamic, and how they can work together with the therapist toward a more creative and manageable way of relating to each other.

Personal & Professional Coaching

Coaching is a powerful process that aims to empower choice and action, leading to change in one’s personal and professional life.

A psychodynamic approach to coaching helps clients become aware of the unconscious processes that are holding them back from actualising their creative potential and maximising their performance.

Areas of Treatment

Raffaella Hilty has extensive clinical experience working with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Addiction
  • Trauma
  • Low self-worth and low self-esteem
  • Relationship problems
  • Sexuality
  • Body image and identity issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Career issues
  • Midlife crisis
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Struggle with a lack of purpose and meaning.