SPECIALTIES

ADD/ADHD

Years in Practice

10 years +

where

London LND WC1B 3PS - United Kingdom

Credentials

MA

Additional Expertise

Life Coach, Personal Development Coach, Psychotherapist

I Practice in

All areas, please inquire

I AM FLUENT IN

English

I Believe

Your desire is your compass. Now, you may ask me, Why?

About Penny Georgiou

Psychoanalyst, Educationalist.

In the function of Psychoanalyst, facilitating perceptual shifts with people working towards realising their ability to live and act ‘in conformity with their desire.’[i]*

In the function of Educationalist, facilitating access to our ability to learn, work and act through perceptual shifts in conformity with our desire.

‘Perceptual shifts’ Why?

We interpret our experience through the frame of our perception, itself an algorithm drawn from our beliefs and attitudes. As our perception changes, our feeling of that experience changes; our lives change as a consequence.

‘Your desire is your compass.’ Why?

We experience suffering when we are ‘out of sync’ with ‘ourselves’. Our desire is the Ariadne’s thread connecting us with our ‘want to be’[ii], and the way out of the labyrinth of confusion (misperception). In being guided by our desire, we find satisfaction and well-being; against it, we experience suffering.

The caution we receive around desire is due to confusion (misperception) about what precisely our desire is. Our desire arises from our unique point of view; the singularity that we each are. It source is the unceasing flow of life that we each embody as human beings. Something like how water flows down a gradient finds whatever pathways are open to it, becoming dammed and/or going around, running over or sweeping away any obstacles.

The confusion (misperception) is about the prevalent experience of compulsions, commonly mistaken for our own desire. Compulsions are an effect of diversion of desire from its authentic expression, through being influenced what we perceive as the desire of the other.  

Action according to compulsion generates conflict, rather than resolving it. Even if something sounds like a good idea, if it is not in conformity with my desire, it be a strain to uphold.

You may ask, ‘What about aggression?’ What if my desire is to hurt someone? This, too, is a confusion (misperception) regarding my desire. If I want to hurt someone, it is because I (mis)perceive them as an obstacle in the path of realisation of my desire. If I am able to discern my desire clearly, the obstacle – as a mirage arising from misunderstanding – disappears too, and I no longer have any interest to act against any other per se.

Experience, Training and Research Interests

Psychoanalysis – formative training within the World Association of Psychoanalysis, New Lacanian School (NLS). Practice commenced in 1998, and was recognised as a Practising Analyst member of the NLS in 2003. Personal analysis 1st commenced in 1986.  I have worked with many presenting conditions, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, nervous breakdown, Asperger’s Syndrome, self-harm and suicidal ideation, PTSD, and the cognitive effects (eg, issues with memory, confusion, disorientation, anguish, panic attacks,) and life questions that these give rise to.

Specialist Education – My work in this field commenced in 1995, with responsibility for the admission of disabled students entering higher education at a Middlesex University, London UK. In 1997, was asked to set up a dyslexia support service, including undertaking specialist study needs assessments for students presenting with Specific Learning difficulties, (dyslexia, dyspraxia ADD, ADHD, in time extended this to Mental Health and Autism Spectrum Conditions. Founded Access 1st, which receives people with any disabling condition lasting for 1 year or more, including mental, physical, cognitive and sensory impairment entering higher education.

Professional consultancy has included briefing, training and supervision of specialist study needs assessors, specialist and mainstream educators as well as parents of children with SEN.

Aims, Research Interests and contributions:

Aims: Clarity and Dexterity of psychoanalysts, educators and other helping professions in responding to suffering/difficulty in ways that enable people to clarify, liberate and harness the creative desire presenting therein.

Research Interests: singularity and perceptual difference; geometries, topologies and transformations

Contributions: Director of the ROMBi Project https://rombipuzzle.com/about-rombi

Formal Higher Education:

BA, English and Literary Studies,

MA Psychoanalysis,

Member of the World Association of Psychoanalysis http://wapol.org/en/acercaamp/anuario/Template.asp

[i] This references the question of Dr Jacques Lacan, ‘Have you acted in conformity with your desire?

[ii] This references Lacan’s statement, ‘Desire is the metonymy of the want to be.’