Hi, I am Julia Kuhn
PS 0099384 PR 0306320
The decision to come to therapy is really quite a brave one. It usually comes from a feeling that something is not alright. Admitting this to ourselves is an act of courage. It’s also the first step on the way to self-understanding. Understanding can’t change the past or the people around you, but it can give permission to take up your freedom – the freedom to make sense of your experiences so that they are less painful and cause less suffering, freeing up your energies for love, play and meaningful work.
Bedfordview- Wed & Sat
Rivonia - Tues & Thurs
Online - Tues - Sat
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
In my work as a clinical psychologist over the last 14 years, I have specialised in therapies for suicidality, coping difficulties and feelings of being overwhelmed and out of control. Emotional distress of this sort can cause serious disruptions in relationships and make it very difficult to build a life that has emotional safety, boundaries and the freedom to explore, come out of hiding and allow oneself to take one’s place in the world. In therapy, the work may begin with learning how to put structure and safety in place for oneself, while gradually beginning to befriend one’s feelings, all of them - angry and sad, empty and spilling over, love and hate, shyness, happiness and tenderness, all of the experiences that make us human. We begin to get to know these feelings just by being gently with them in the room, treating them as guests that arrive, announced or unannounced, but welcomed in all their shades and textures, knowing that they arrive because they need understanding. In understanding them, we are also able to put healthy boundaries in place so that relationships and meaningful work can be nourished and protected.
I offer an integrative therapy for learning constructive coping skills. This form of therapy combines features of dialectical behaviour therapy and mindfulness techniques, against the backdrop of the therapeutic relationship.
At other times, the path of life may have seemed straightforward, but gradually, or perhaps suddenly, a sense of unease and discontent comes over. The future may no longer feel something to look forward to, days merge into one another without differentiation, you feel listless, even love feels difficult. Something seems to be missing, but it is hard to put a finger on it. The therapeutic work here lends itself to a psychodynamic course of treatment. We explore together what may be just beneath the surface and needing to emerge, or re-emerge, to be integrated again. The sessions are unstructured and non-directive, providing the freedom to bring whatever is on your heart and mind.
My work as a clinical psychologist has spanned public and private health, predominantly through therapeutic intervention with adolescents, adults, couples and groups. My years in the public service in a general hospital nurtured my interest in ethics and human rights and psychological practice that is relevant to the South African context. I am experienced in mood, relationship, life change and identity difficulties, as well as trauma and bereavement. I am interested in how our social context brings our life experiences to bear on the development of our sense of self, and how this self is resilient and malleable, and can be continually reworked to remain spacious enough to meet our ongoing life experiences.