Dr Sarah Wood
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BA DPhil Oxon, UKCP (CPJA)
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I am a member of the UKCP (CPJA) and the Guild of Psychotherapists with five years’ experience working in charitable organisations, the NHS and the private sector. As well as being a psychotherapist I have studied English literature and philosophy and spent many years working in universities. I’ve worked successfully with adults of all ages suffering anxiety, depression, complex bereavement, damaged confidence, difficulties in relationships, creative and work-related troubles, and chronic pain. I have experience working with issues around addiction, self-harm and disordered eating and have co-facilitated psychotherapy groups. I often see people more than once a week but naturally this depends on what individuals need or can manage. I have worked successfully in time-limited therapy as well as longer term, open-ended therapy that brings about deep change. My approach is pluralist, psychoanalytic and relational. I aim to establish a good therapeutic relationship with the people I see, the better to approach any present tangles, traces of past experience and troublesome inner conflicts.
About The Therapy You Offer
In Person – Box Tree Clinic
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Detailed Profile Description
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I have worked successfully in time-limited therapy as well as longer term, open-ended therapy that brings about deep change. My approach is pluralist, psychoanalytic and relational. I aim to establish a good therapeutic relationship with the people I see, the better to approach any present tangles, traces of past experience and troublesome inner conflicts. I often see people more than once a week but naturally this depends on what individuals need or can manage.
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My background is in university teaching: English literature, critical theory and philosophy. I see these areas of awareness and response as closely related to my work as a psychotherapist. They involve curiosity, deep attention, human concern and some capacity to read the signs in front of me!
My psychotherapy work is supervised by accredited psychoanalytic supervisors. I am an accredited member of UKCP and a member of The Guild of Psychotherapists. Both of these organisations provide an ethical framework I am obliged to abide by.
I have experience working one to one with adults in private practice, at the Guild of Psychotherapists Reduced-fee Clinic, in Mandy Saligari’s Charter clinic, where I also co-facilitated a regular psychotherapy group, and in the NHS.
As well as being a psychotherapist I have studied English literature and spent many years working in universities. My DPhil thought about the relation between poetic thinking, writing and life in the work of the great nineteenth-century poet Robert Browning. Literature, painting and other art forms inspire and influence my practice. At Oxford in the early 80s I began to read the writings of Jacques Derrida, whose thinking and writing on psychoanalysis and everything else remains very important to me. Here I also began to read philosophy and psychoanalytic writing. At university I also first came across the work of Leo Bersani, and in the early 90s heard Hélène Cixous give an unforgettable lecture on freedom. These writers interest me deeply for the courage, complexity, brilliance and truthfulness of their insight into the processes and obstacles of life.
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I read, write, edit academic journals and occasionally give papers in a way that engages psychoanalysis, literature, philosophy and the concerns they illuminate. I am an editor of <a href="//www.euppublishing.com/loi/olr" rel="nofollow">Oxford Literary Review</a>, with an issue out this summer under the title <a href="//www.euppublishing.com/toc/olr/41/1" rel="nofollow">Ext: Writing Extinction</a>. I am also an editor of <a href="//www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=cang20" rel="nofollow">Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities</a> and have put together special issues <a href="//www.tandfonline.com/toc/cang20/2/1" rel="nofollow">Home and Family</a> and <a href="//www.tandfonline.com/toc/cang20/9/1" rel="nofollow">Hotel Psychoanalysis</a>.
<em>Robert Browning: A Literary Life</em> (Palgrave, 2001)
<em>Transmissions: The Blue Guitar</em> (Artwords, 2007) with Jonty Tiplady
<em>Derrida's Writing and Difference: A Reader's Guide</em> (Bloomsbury, 2009)
<em>Without Mastery: Reading and Other Forces</em> (Edinburgh University Press, 2014)
2017 ‘Small Experimental Action,’ in <em>Literature and Psychoanalysis: Open Questions</em>, <em>Paragraph</em> 40.3 (2017): 383–398.
‘Not One of My Moments,’ in <em>Imagining Derrida</em>, <em>Derrida Today</em> 10.2: 160-179.
2015 ‘An Inexperience,’ in <em>Experiences of Conversion</em>, <em>Oxford Literary Review</em> 37.2 (December 2015) 257-72.
2012 ‘Some Thing, Some One, Some Ghost (About the Fires of Writing)’ in <em>Where Ghosts Live</em>, <em>Derrida Today</em> 5.2 (December 2012) 165-179.
2011 ‘Nightshift,’ <em>Mosaic</em> 44.4 (December 2011) 1-19.
‘Foreveries,’ <em>Oxford Literary Review</em> 31.1 (June 2009) 65-78.
‘Some Scraps on Beauty-in-the-Ghost,’ <em>Parallax</em> 15.1 (2009) 80-89.
2008 ‘Dream-hole,’ <em>Journal of European Studies</em> 38.4 (2008) 373-82.
2006 ‘Edit,’ <em>Mosaic</em> 39.3 (2006) 47-58.
Reading and writing, like psychoanalysis, are ways of picking up vital things that can go unnoticed. They make it possible to say things that have not yet been said. They demonstrate the overlooked interactions and relations that go on between people, and between us and the non-human world.
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Fees and Availability
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