MARGARET POYNTON
Integrative Counsellor
Jungian Psychoanalyst

Email: margaret.poynton@icloud.com

I offer therapy for adults and young people via Skype

My approach to therapy
I strive to build a therapeutic relationship with my client in order to assist with containing the personal distress and suffering caused by various traumas that may stem from difficulties experienced in relationships, life stages, stressors and changes.

Having spent a number of years employed by training mental health care facilities I practise from a solid base of teaching and supervision, and the additional opportunity to have worked psychotherapeutically with children has informed my essentially developmental approach to understanding the human psyche. In this respect, I work from the understanding that early life experiences colour our subsequent perceptions of ourselves and our world. To varying degrees, these perceptions may present as obstacles that prevent us from reaching our full potential.

Previously trained as an artist, and inline with Jungian psychology, I am also interested in the value of imagery. Whether arising through dreams, fantasy, play or art-making, images and the creative use of imagination present a powerful way to access our inner world in order to work towards healing and wholeness. Although my principal approach is psychoanalytic and based on the assumption that much of our conscious behaviour is determined by unconscious forces, as an integrative practitioner I find it useful to incorporate other treatment modalities, such as Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural strategies, depending on the particular needs of the client.

What I offer
Short and longterm individual psychotherapy with adults, adolescents and parents of younger children, face to face or via Skype. An initial consultation is free of charge.

Qualifications and Affiliations

  • Masters Degree in Psychology and Certified Counsellor (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Training as a Jungian analyst through the South African Association of Jungian
    Analysts (SAAJA)
  • Registration with the International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP)
  • Adherant of Association Jungienne de Psychanalyse d’Occitanie (AJPO)