Mia Lalanne

I am originally from Paris France, and have been living in Perth Western Australia for the last 35 years. I have maintained over the years strong ties with France and return regularly to visit family and friends. Being bilingual has informed the kind of therapist that I am today, not only from the perspective of having a bilingual practice, but also from having trained, in different psychoanalytic orientations, one could say, different psychoanalytic languages.

Understanding what makes one’s language unique has always interested me. Language is so intimately connected to culture and identity, or who we think/feel we are. It defines us in how we relate to others but also very much in how we relate to ourselves. My experience and training offers a variety of approaches ranging from Psychodynamic and Relational traditions to the Structuralist Lacanian orientation, originating from the French Psychoanalytic tradition.

 These approaches have distinctive differences but one important common ground: considering the unconscious in the understanding and treatment of psychical suffering. To use the iceberg metaphor, what is being considered is as much what is immediately accessible, as what is lying beneath the surface, though unexpressed, very much part of the same structure. Psychoanalytic method requires great precision and attention to what is perceptible and not so perceptible, making it an extremely thorough, transformative and lasting treatment, with the added bonus of no unwelcomed side effects.

Psychoanalysis has developed and evolved greatly since its inception with Freud over 100 years ago. However, the principle of the “Talking Cure” has remained the same, demonstrating over the centuries the undisputed benefits of talking when one is in the grips of mental suffering. Today the kind of suffering has changed in its presentation clinically, bringing new challenges such as gender identity crisis, or new forms of addiction such as the ice epidemic that has swept across Australia in recent times. But the need to talk and find one’s voice in the ever increasing speed, pressure and confusion of modern life has never been so important. The digital age has paradoxically connected us and alienated us all at once, triggering new forms of screen addictions for example whilst diminishing human contact.

I continue to bring to my practice new understanding and approaches to attend to mental suffering with the depth and unique attention that it deserves.

Clinical Member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia
Graduate Diploma Analytic Psychotherapy
Registered Member of New Lacanian School Cartel, Western Australia
Registered Member of Lacan Circle of Melbourne, Victoria Australia

Mia Lalanne Psychotherapy Portrait

Mia Lalanne – Psychotherapist