Therapist Woluwe-Saint-Lambert – Daniel Tkatch
Daniel Tkatch | Philosophical Practitioner, Psychoanalyst
Are you struggling with…
Depression, anxiety, emotional troubles (e.g. anger, sadness, feeling of emptiness, senselessness, restlessness), somatization, learning difficulties, absenteeism, isolation and loneliness, addiction, eating disorders? Problems related with sexuality, low self-esteem and self-confidence, identity, relocation and integration, intercultural tensions, relationships (e.g. separation, divorce), bereavement and loss, life transitions (e.g. adolescence, parenthood, retirement), traumatic experiences? It is worth remembering that you do not have to face these difficulties alone.
Theory and Method
I offer counselling for individuals and couples in English, German, Russian, Polish and Hebrew. My approach is based on the Freudian-Lacanian psychoanalytical theory of depth psychology and on philosophical praxis
and stands in the Socratic tradition of seeking a good life and its conviction that an unexamined life is not worth living. Philosophical practice cannot be equated with coaching, psychotherapy, group dynamics or meditation, even though all these techniques have learned from philosophy and enriched it in return.
The counselling offers you an opportunity to speak to a philosophically and psychoanalytically trained, fully attentive and neutral interlocutor about that which has become a problem for you. You will not hear quotations from famous philosophers, or be given instructions or words of wisdom. The counselling is there to help you clarify your situation, develop the tools to deal with it or find a more suitable assistance elsewhere. Any philosophical ideas, if at all mentioned, will only be used to conceptualize the concrete, everyday reality and the challenges it poses. “Who am I? What do I really want? What can I hope for? What are my options? What constellations in my biography and contradictions in my self-image hinder me from achieving my goals?” Addressing such questions in the protected and confidential analytical setting has helped people to overcome their concrete symptoms and live their life without ruminating excessively and abstractly about it.
Practice and Deliverables
We can work both short and longer term, depending on your personal circumstances and the nature of the issues involved. Here are some of the tangible results you can expect from this work:
- Achieving a better rational and emotional grasp on the relations with yourself and others.
- Helping yourself out of the deadlocks of recurring conflicts, destructive relationships, obsessive thoughts and behaviours, etc.
- Facilitating and regulating the dynamic processes of independent thinking, sense-giving and expression.
- Dealing with mental difficulties in conjunction with or instead of clinical therapy.
My Education and Training
I have received training at the Technion in Israel (BA, BSc), the Free University of Berlin in Germany (BA), and, most recently, the University of Leuven in Belgium (MA, MPhil), where I am currently a doctoral candidate in philosophy with a focus on psychoanalysis, phenomenology and philosophy of psychology and psychiatry.
- International Association for Philosophical Practice (IGPP), Berlin
- Centre d’Accompagnement Thérapeutique Pluridisciplinaire (CATP), Brussels
- Phenomenology and Mental Health Network (PMH), Oxford