Claudine Swinton-Lee (Psychotherapist; MBACP)
0208 670 9712 / 07956 306065
Down to earth and confidential short term and long term counselling offered to adults. Couples and relationship counselling also undertaken upon appropriate assessment.
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 hence determines our future thus perpetuating negative cycles of experience. Although therapy is not 'magic' and one should never promise a successful outcome, I am happy to say that clients that 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, unhappy 'cycles' of 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; as you explain I will also describe to you in what ways therapy may help you to resolve certain problems, the obstacles that may sometimes stand in the way of this (what we term 'defense mechanisms') 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' (consciously) but have still exercised a 'dynamic' and effective influence over actions and thought.
Through your narrative - that is to say, data based on factual word from yourself within our sessions - I will offer explanations and interpretations which are coincidental with realisations 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, then, 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.
I usually suggest booking a regular slot in the diary, until therapy is no longer required. There is no obligation to attend all sessions booked but continuity is essential for successful therapy.
I offer an 10 week course and see couples on session one and ten together - and then separately on separate days for the eight weeks in the interim. In session one we discuss the problems and challenges facing partners in the relationship. In session ten we discuss the developments and personal insights 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 have led to certain behaviours frees us from previous debilitating patterns of involvement and helps us to understand not only ourselves but our partners, family, friends and so on.
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 particularly familiar in seeing clients - both men and women - who wish to resolve issues in relation to anxiety, panic attacks, anger management, eating disorders, depression, lack of motivation, insomnia, loss, low self esteem/lack of confidence, couples/relationship counselling, family/adolescent problems, psychosexual issues/sexual addictions, sexual abuse, self harm, disassociative disorder/psychosomatic symptoms, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias and narcissistic personality disorder.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- 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
50 minute initial consultation; £45.00
Daytime/evening bookings; £45.00
(Clients paying eight weeks in advance receive a reduction of five pounds per session)
N.B It is possible to arrange two sessions per week for the discounted fee of £70.00 where required.
Couples Counselling: As per individual therapy fees above (one single payment only for session one/ten shared session)
There are limited low cost counselling and concessionary places available so please enquire if you are in receipt of benefits, student loans, are on a low income or other circumstances necessary to take into account (Maximum of 8 sessions agreed initially to allow others to take advantage of low cost counselling places if necessary)
I am accustomed to and enjoy meeting with people from diverse and varied backgrounds, religions, cultures/beliefs and of all ages, abilities and sexual orientations.
Initial Consultation is a first meeting for you to decide if the type of therapy I offer suits you. Everyone is different - no one size suits all, as they say - but I can give you a good idea of what to expect and for us to become acquainted.
To make an appointment please phone or email. If voicemail is on, please leave your message and I will return your call as soon as I am able to.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 5pm - 9pm / Saturday from 11am - 5pm (Wednesday/Friday mornings on request)
Types of client