Tamás Frey

Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist

I am a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist based in the Aix-Marseille-Provence region, in the South of France.

As a psychotherapist, I receive adult clients in three languages: English, French and Hungarian. The therapy I propose can be beneficial in a variety of situations, such as depression, anxiety, feeling of “burn-out”, cultural shock, problems linked to displacement, migration or intercultural relationships, experience of low self-esteem, grief, bereavement, relationship difficulties, impulsivity, family conflicts or workplace stress.

Having lived in various cultures and worked with people for whom cultural adjustment was an important theme, I am particularly sensitive to cross-cultural issues faced by my clients.

In my practice, I draw considerably on my core psychoanalytical and clinical training. My approach, however, is ever-evolving and shaped by several related disciplines such as phenomenology, existentialist & humanistic psychotherapy or mindfulness-based therapy.

Experience

A licenced clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in France, I received my MA degree from the Université Paris 7 – Paris Diderot, an heir of the Sorbonne. This Parisian university was the first to grant the title of ‘Clinical Psychologist’ in France for the course introduced by Jean Laplanche, author of the globally renowned dictionary of psychoanalysis. The Université Paris 7 is well known for its pre-eminently Freudian and Lacanian approach and its strong clinical focus. My two diploma theses (‘Master 1’ and ‘Master 2’) were both graded ‘très bien’ (excellent).

During my training, I worked in various positions, both in France and in Chile, where I was an exchange student at the Universidad Diego Portales. My work involved one-to-one counselling as well as group therapy sessions with children and adults. Throughout my practice years, I accompanied patients with a migration background, notably participating in transcultural consultations in two different psychiatric sectors of Paris.

Between July 2018 and March 2019, I worked for a health-related NGO in the outskirts of Paris, which provides psychological support to disadvantaged people suffering from chronic illness.

I am trilingual: in my clinical and counselling work I use English, French and Hungarian (I also speak some Spanish and German). Before training to become a Clinical Psychologist, I worked in the communications sector in Budapest, Hungary for 6 years and I have been working as a translator since 2000.

Private practice

Vincennes, Paris region, France

Before moving to the South of France, I had my private practice in the Paris region, just by the Chateau de Vincennes.


AcSanté 93

Paris suburbs, France

Working with cancer patients and other chronically ill patients in an area of high social deprivation, in the northern banlieue of Paris. Predominantly individuals with an immigration background.


CMPP Vitry-sur-Seine

Paris suburbs, France

Transcultural group consultations with children and their families. Co-therapist at individual therapy sessions with children, adolescents and their families at a Children's Medico-Psychological Centre of the Paris suburbs.


Hospital Maison Blanche

Paris, France

EPS Maison Blanche, 23rd adult psychiatric sector of Paris. Participation as a co-therapist intern at transcultural consultations with adult patients and their families as well as with children in the child and adolescent services.


Instituto Psiquátrico “Dr. Jose Horwitz Barak”

Santiago, Chile

Instituto Psiquiátrico “Dr. Jose Horwitz Barak” Servicio de Salud Metropolitano Norte, Santiago, Chile. Participating in therapy, clinical interviews and assessments for women patients with serious mental illness.


Economía Real

Santiago, Chile

Establishing a mental health services structure within a Santiago-based NGO, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, for elderly people facing depression and anxiety due to problem debt.


CMPP Villejuif

Paris suburbs, France

Participating at therapy sessions and workshops for children with psychological difficulties.

Languages I speak

Education

  • 2017MA (M2Pro), Clinical Psychology, Université Paris 7 – Paris Diderot

    Clinical Psychology / Psychoanalytical psychopathologies / Adult patients. Mention bien (Honours). Thesis: Wondering in the savanna - considering oneself a "seer" as an identificational support in psychosis. Director: Maurizio BALSAMO, co-jury: Bernard PACHOUD (Note: Excellent).
  • 2015-2016Clinical Psychology, Universidad Diego Portales

    As part of my MA course at Université Paris 7, I have acquired some of the credits at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile.
  • 2016Master 1, Clinical Psychology, Université Paris 7 – Paris Diderot

    Thesis: "The tummy is clever" - A case of selective eating in light of psychoanalysis. Director: Bernard PACHOUD. (Note: Excellent).
  • 2013BA, Psychology, Université Paris 7 – Paris Diderot

  • 2009PGD Public Relations Expert, Budapest Metropolitan University of Applied Sciences

    Thesis: How to Brand the Budapest Metropolitan Region?
  • 2004MA, Philologist of English Language and Literature, ELTE University Budapest

    Thesis: The issue of gender in English Bible translations: the elimination of the generic 'he' in inclusive language.

My Approach

As a psychotherapist, I considerably draw on my initial psychoanalytical and clinical training, even though my approach has been shaped by various other influences such as phenomenology, existentialist and humanistic psychotherapy or mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

Some of the important values that I hold to in my practice as a psychotherapist are:

o Openness – Being ready to re-evaluate my convictions and theoretical frameworks in response to new information or situations.

o Pragmatism – What “works” is more important than what is "supposed to work”. Real experience trumps even the most refined theory, so what brings about life giving change for my clients in practice is more important to me than sticking to a particular theory or professional doctrine.

o Inquisitiveness – Looking at human experience from different theoretical vantage points can be revealing and constructive. I find it essential for my therapy practice to train myself on an ongoing basis, actively going beyond my theoretical ‘home-ground’ so as to integrate diverse schools of thought in my practice.

Clinicians and theoreticians who have influenced my approach include: Sigmund Freud, C. G. Jung, Jacques Lacan, D. W. Winnicott, Victor Frankl, Carl Rogers, Eugene Gendlin, Irvin Yalom, Mihály Csikszentmihályi, Steven Pinker and many others.

Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him. - Fyodor Dostoevsky

My Services and Rates

I receive adult clients in three languages: English, French and Hungarian.

I am happy to see you if you wish to grow in life, understand yourself better or encounter problems in your life that you don't seem to be able to overcome all by yourself, such as:

• depression,

• anxiety,

• feeling of “burn-out”,

• experience of low self-esteem,

• grief, bereavement,

• relationship difficulties,

• culture-related problems,

• impulsivity,

• family conflicts,

• workplace stress



Fees:

• Individual therapy, normal rate: 60 € / session (45 minutes)

• Individual therapy, reduced rate in exceptional cases: 40 € / session (45 minutes)

• Couple therapy, normal rate: 100 € / session (90 minutes)

• Couple therapy, reduced rate in exceptional cases: 80 € / session (90 minutes)

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