Claudine Swinton-Lee (MBACP - Psychotherapist)
223, Tooting High Street
020 8 670 9712 / 07956 306065
Confidential, down to earth therapy offered to individuals and couples, both on a short term and long term basis. My basic orientation as a therapist lies in the recognition of how the past (distant or most recent) effects present behaviour, attitude and choice (not always in the way we would ideally like or wish) and, therefore, determines the future (thus perpetuating negative 'cycles' of experience) Therapy is a joint endeavour which aims to help people become free of such patterns or responses that cause unhappiness. Although therapy is not 'magic' and one should never promise a successful outcome, I am happy to say that clients who finish their therapy with me leave with a new bank of self-knowledge, clarification of issues and lifelong tools all acquired through their attendance - and, most importantly, repetitive cycles of unhappy experience broken.
In our first session, we will clarify what your expectations and goals are. An initial consultation allows us an introduction which will enable you to decide whether or not you would like to continue working with me. We will speak about what the catalyst has been in making an appointment and, as you explain, I will also describe to you in what ways therapy may help you, personally, resolve certain problems, the obstacles that may stand in our way of achieving this sometimes (how part of my job is to make this as less difficult as possible) and how through your 'free association' (talking in an environment without being judged) we will discover certain beliefs and thoughts that up until now may have remained 'unknown' yet which have had a 'dynamic' and negative effect on life.
Through your narrative, that is to say material based on factual word from yourself within our sessions, I will offer explanations and interpretations which are coincidental with realizations being made from week to week, and which bring clarity and understanding to what previously may have appeared confusing and inescapable.Through application of what is being experienced and made sense of in therapy, therefore, we will see certain changes occur. We call this process 'working through'. Seeing life and oneself in new ways will bring, it is hoped, empowerment, confidence and, ultimately, skills to remain calm and happy - even in the more (and inevitable) challenging times presented by life.
My approach is psychodynamic and I go by the dictum that the person fits the theory, not that the theory fits the person. Everyone is unique. Every client has something new, therefore, also to teach me.
I am particularly familiar in seeing clients - both men and women - who wish to resolve issues in relation to anger management, eating disorders, insomnia, depression, disassociative disorder/psychosomatic symptoms, loss and bereavement, low self-esteem, couples/relationship counselling, psychosexual problems/sexual addiction, family/adolescent issues, sexual abuse, anxiety/lack of confidence, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias and narcissistic personality disorder (Please see below for information in regard to couples/relationship counselling) I am accustomed (and enjoy) meeting with people from diverse and varied backgrounds, religions, cultures and beliefs and of all ages, abilities and sexual orientations.
I usually suggest putting regular weekly sessions in the diary. There is no obligation to attend all of the sessions booked but continuity is essential to successful therapy.
To make an appointment please 'phone or email. Referrals from a Dr (or other Health Specialist) by 'phone or letter are welcome. If the answerphone is on, please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I am able.
Training, qualifications & experience
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (International School Of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy) Diploma (4 year study programme)
Hypnotherapy (London College Of Clinical Hypnosis) Certificate
MBACP - Member British Association Of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Certificate of Proficiency held)
I am bound by BACP's Ethical Framework and receive ongoing monthly clinical Supervision (I have full Professional Indemnity Insurance)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
50 minute initial consultation; £45.00
Daytime/Evening Bookings; £45.00
(Clients paying for eight weeks in advance receive a reduction of five pounds per session)
There are (limited) concessionary places available so please enquire if you are in receipt of benefits, student loans, are on a low income or there other circumstances necessary to take into account (maximum 8 sessions initially agreed on low cost counselling places, to enable others to take advantage of discounted fees)
N.B; It is possible to offer two sessions per week for the discounted fee of £70 where required.
I offer a 10 week course to couples seeking therapy and see couples (together) on session one and session ten only - other sessions are attended by each individual on their own. In session ten, clients attend together and personal insights are discussed and connections made.
The method is regarded as a short term therapy designed to aid personal growth and to develop recognition of how and in what ways one effects, and is effected by, the other. Discovering what events has led to certain behaviours frees us, it is hoped, from previous debillitating patterns of involvement and helps us to understand not only ourselves, but our partners, family, friends and so on.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - from 5pm - 9pm / Saturday - from 11am - 5pm (Wednesday/Friday mornings on request)
Types of client