The Existential Counselling & Psychotherapy Practice of Oded Reitten

We possess ideas. But we are possessed by feelings. They lie too deep for understanding, astir with their own spirit and carrying us along with them.
Adapted from Thomas Flanagan in his novel The Year of the French
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My name is Oded and I am an existential psychotherapist and clinical supervisor/mentor. I live and work between Hackney, East-London, and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

The work I do with people is not directed by theory, but by intuition. I seek to reach towards what can never be fully understood and make space for what is already there, waiting to open.

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The therapy session is a meeting of an expert and a novice; the expert explains to the novice what for them life is all about. As the novice doesn’t know what life is actually about and where to start, he asks questions, and tries to follow the expert. As the expert talks and the novice listens, the expert starts questioning their own assumptions and expertise. Eventually the expert becomes a novice, a beginner who’s ready to learn again.

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'Behind the world we live in, in the distant background, lies another world standing in roughly the same relation to the former as the stage one sometimes sees in the theatre behind the real stage stands to the latter...'

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Both therapy and supervision sessions take place at my home practice in Clapton E5, East-London and remotely via video calls.

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