Dr Guy Millon MBACP (Accred)
I offer psychoanalysis in central Exeter for people who are looking for a space to speak.
Contemporary life poses particular challenges to us all: entering into psychoanalysis means taking up the opportunity to speak in the presence of an other about the specificity of the conditions of one’s life. In the context of an analysis, speech takes on new and sometimes strange dimensions - what we find ourselves saying surprises us as hidden thoughts unravel. This can mean attending to fleeting dreams and fantasies, which usually get lost in the business of everyday life. Often we discover the multitude of ways in which we are lived by desires that we can’t always understand.
Entering into psychoanalysis entails a crossing of a threshold, and beginning a process of taking up a new kind of relation to oneself and one’s problems. A person might find themselves entering analysis for various reasons, some more obvious and others that might reveal themselves over time. Often this might involve the onset or re-emergence of a particular symptom, such as a period of depression, a phobia, a series of obsessions and compulsions, a difficulty with eating, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts - the list goes on. Alternatively, we may experience inhibitions, which hold us back creatively, socially or sexually. These symptoms or inhibitions may start to become problematic for us in different ways, shutting down possibilities and eventually leading a person to seek help.
Another route that might cause a person to enter analysis is the arising of a question of identity. At certain points in our lives, the images that we hold of ourselves (or that we hold of others) break down and we are left to confront the unravelling of our sense of self. These questions often relate to the position we occupied within our families of origin, and to factors such as gender identity, sexuality, race and class. It might be that a change in life such as a bereavement, pregnancy or new role at work precipitates such questions.
Others might come to analysis because of the sense that something in their lives keeps repeating, despite their best efforts to do things differently. This could be a repetition of the same kind of romantic relationship, or trouble with work colleagues, addictions and compulsive behaviours, or memories of historical traumas: in effect those moments that we return to despite - or perhaps because of - their capacity to interrupt or undermine our lives.
One of my areas of special interest is gender and sexuality. For several years I was employed in an NHS Gender Identity Clinic, and in my time there I worked with hundreds of trans, non-binary, and de-transitioning people. Questions of identity and desire arise for all of us in analysis, and often require careful working through. I’m alive to the complex ways in which gender and sexuality intersect with other aspects of our identities, such as race and class, and I offer a non-pathologising space to explore what it means to take up a particular place in the world. Societal norms that define how we should live our gender and sexuality can prove difficult to navigate for all of us. Some contemporary phenomena which are intimately bound up with this territory include eating disorders, porn addiction, performance anxieties, body image issues, and post-natal depression.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been in practice for nine years, and am an accredited and registered member of the BACP, and a chartered psychologist with the BPS. My original training was a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, which enabled me to work as a psychotherapist and psychologist in the NHS, in mental health and more specialist services. I spent several years working in an NHS Gender Identity Clinic. I am enrolled with The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Psychoanalysis is a practice which takes time; some people come for shorter periods, while others stay for several years. Some people come once or twice a week for sessions, others more frequently. Sessions are 50 minutes and take place at the same time each week. We would begin by booking an initial appointment to discuss what brings you to psychoanalysis, and to see what working together might be like. My practice is based in central Exeter, within a short walk from both Exeter Central and Exeter St David’s train stations. My fee is £50 per session.
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Supervision & training
I offer supervision to professionals from various different training backgrounds.View supervision profile