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The psychotherapist

Jane Haynes

A warm smile, a comfortable sofa, some wise words… and the world is suddenly a brighter place. So say the many patients of psychotherapist Jane Haynes whose training first as an actor and then as a Jungian psychoanalyst has enabled her to listen to their life stories and experiences with a sympathetic ear.

Specialising in a wide range of issues, from relationships to the psychology of infertility and postnatal depression, she is the author of two books, including Who Is It That Can Tell Me Who I Am? which looks at her own experiences of being a patient in the psychiatrist’s chair, and is currently working on a third, about the impossible profession of being human.

For Ikigai, Jane is a guiding light, helping to keep us grounded in turbulent times with her sound advice and ability to empathise and listen.

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What gets you up in the morning?
The dawn breaking; two cups of hot lemon and ginger brought to me by my partner; and my dog.
If you had to describe what you do in a sentence…
I listen to people who are often speaking unspeakable thoughts.
What makes you an expert in your field?
Experience, professional development and living an engaged and varied personal life.
When and how did you receive your calling?
I don’t believe in callings but I read a book by RD Laing, The Divided Self, which changed my life.

“A warm smile, a comfortable sofa, some wise words… and the world is suddenly a brighter place.”

What is the most misunderstood thing about your profession?
That nobody  – not even psychotherapists  – has access to the unconscious. Shrinks cannot see inside your mind.
If there was one thing you could pass on to everyone, what would it be?
Trust your instinct. Finding a therapist is a bit like finding a partner –  the chemistry matters. What out for therapists who give off a pseudo sense of authority.
What one thing should we stop doing now?
Using our Smartphones as teddy bears, or comforters.
What one thing should we do more of now?
Teach children to meditate and share their dreams instead of having assemblies.
What is your “ikigai”?
My gratitude for good health, being mischievous and my dog.

To learn more about Jane Haynes, visit: thebluedoorpractice.com

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