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Christopher Hickman

Psychoanalyst

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As an English-speaking psychoanalyst, my goal is to help you understand yourself better so as to allow for your personal growth.
  • €80 / session
  • couple session (1 h. 30 min.) - €160 / session
  • first interview - €0 / session
Based inVienna
Last active
1030+ sessions on It's Complicated
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About me

I come from an international background - being half English and half Croatian, having grown up in Malaysia and Thailand, and now living in Austria. This has allowed me to develop a strong inter-cultural awareness, which has defined me as a person in terms of the experiences I have made, the friends I have made, the food I enjoy, and the movies/series/books that I watch/read. I first earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Webster University Vienna in 2018. Afterwards, I decided to move on to study Psychotherapy Science at Sigmund Freud University Vienna, where I completed my Master degree in Psychotherapy Science in 2024. In 2019, I started my specialisation in psychoanalysis, and am currently a psychoanalyst under supervision. I have always been interested in psychology because the mechanisms of our minds translate to our perception of the world, i.e. everything we feel, see, and think, as well as the mere awareness of our existence comes from our minds. Psychotherapy (and more specifically, psychoanalysis) became my go-to profession because it allowed me to understand more about myself, i.e. the reason behind patterns in my thoughts and behaviours. This gave me the motivation to guide others to self discovery.

My approach

I believe there are hidden reasons and meanings in the ways we think, behave, and feel. Additionally, I believe that the way every person thinks and acts is very specific to them. Therefore, when someone comes seeking therapy, treatment is not about correcting thoughts and behaviours, but rather about understanding them to discover the person’s individual truth. The aim of our sessions together will be to provide you the space to find what links your thoughts, behaviours, and attitudes together. I normally start with a first interview (which is free of charge) to get to know the general problem you are coming for help with, and to introduce the therapy method I work with, psychoanalysis. Questions to do with your overall hopes for therapy and my professional duties are also clarified. If we agree to work together, the session frequency is established - in psychoanalysis, sessions take place once or more times per week, depending on your needs. Individual sessions last 50 minutes. Sessions for couples last 1 hour 30 minutes.

Where I practice

Qualifications and experience

Education
- BA in psychology from Webster University Vienna. Wrote Bachelor Thesis on the “Effects of Perfume on Conscious and Unconscious Emotions". - Psychoanalytic training by Psychoanalytic Seminar Innsbruck (PSI) at Sigmund Freud University (SFU) Vienna. - Psychotherapist in Training under Supervision (Psychoanalyst). - Masters in Psychotherapy Science (Mag. pth.) at SFU Vienna. Wrote my Master Thesis on “Depression: A Unified Theory, Psychoanalysis, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, and Existential Therapy Combined”.
Experience
- Assisted two clinical psychologists with group coaching sessions for parents who had trouble raising children, at the institution “Aufmachen” in Vienna. - Offered support to a fifteen-year-old boy for his computer game addiction in Vienna. - Worked on the online counselling platform “7Cups”, providing emotional support to people all over the world. - Provided psychosocial support to the homeless at the shelter “Caritas Zweite Gruft” in Vienna. - Worked as an assistant at the Sigmund Freud University Outpatient Clinic in Vienna, conducting the registration, testing, noting of the first interview minutes, and therapy bookings for patients. - Provided therapeutic support to the homeless at the facility “Caritas Haus Jaro” in Vienna. - Working as a psychoanalyst under supervision at the Sigmund Freud University Outpatient Clinic and in private practice in Vienna. - Working for the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) at Chestnut Global Partners Europe, offering psychotherapy to employees of various companies. - Registered as a therapist at Rise Above The Disorder (RAD), a public charity offering mental health care to disadvantaged individuals.
Languages
English
Insurances
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  • €80 / session
  • couple session (1 h. 30 min.) - €160 / session
  • first interview - €0 / session
Based inVienna
Last active
1030+ sessions on It's Complicated
Available in-person
Available online
Usually responds within one day

Availability

Usually responds within one day