As I walked into the living room of 20 Maresfield Gardens, I felt a sense of being connected. Linking with such an important time in the history of Psychoanalysis, in the study and consulting room where Sigmund Freud connected with his patients. Now the Freud museum, this house is dedicated to the life and work of Sigmund and Anna Freud.
With an understanding of how important this work is in our role as counsellors, the experience of the museum was that of entering into the Freud world. Imagining being sat in the extensive library, wondering about the significance of the extraordinary collection of antiquities, of ancient figures that decorated the house. Walking on the ground of a piece of history that helps us to understand our roots as therapists.
This reminds of how we work as Psychodynamic counsellors. Just as we can feel the ground of the roots of our work, we can really feel the ground of the memories of the past and how they shape the present. Exploring, as we did the house, in a safe and containing environment, connecting with our clients, just as Freud still connects with us today. What a privilege it is to be able to work in this field.