I am a UKCP qualified (to Masters level) Counsellor and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Mental Health professional of many years standing and will be happy to listen to you and help you to make some sense of your story in a non judgemental, friendly and supportive way. I specialise in dream interpretations and mental imagery which I believe will help us to make more sense of our unconscious processes and lead to greater self knowledge and understanding. I am a believer in the efficacy of talk therapy as a route to gaining control of our lives and achieving our goals. I have worked a lot with anxiety and depression with successful outcomes.
Prior to qualifying as a psychotherapist I worked as a manager and support worker for over a decade in therapeutic communities (both for the NHS and for a well known charity) supporting people with severe and enduring mental health issues in their recovery.
I am an equal opportunities practitioner and will work with anyone, irrespective of age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, personal beliefs or background.
I have been working in private practise in North London for a decade now. I will provide a safe and confidential space in which you can explore your most intimate thoughts, feelings, anxieties, memories and dreams, helping you to find positive ways to move forwards in your life, and ultimately achieve happiness, success and a stronger sense of self, whilst conquering deeply rooted negative patterns.
I work with individuals and together we decide on the frequency of sessions. I normally work on an open-ended basis. I also work as a couples counsellor with a partner.
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a means to gain a sense of control of one’s life whilst hopefully reaching a fuller understanding of how our mind works, by taking a considered and thoughtful look at our history, behaviours and feelings, our unconscious processes and the dynamics of our relations with others.
It is not necessarily a short term fix and if done properly will take time and commitment but can be worked at from a solution focused shorter term perspective if preferred.
I will be there to listen to and understand your story in a completely confidential and non judgemental way that will hopefully allow you to fully express your emotions, facilitate a greater understanding of your unconscious processes and dreams, leading to explanations of why you behave the way you do whilst looking for creative and therapeutic solutions to deep rooted problematic issues.
The ultimate goal is a thorough understanding of oneself; a way forward to a greater sense of confidence and wholeness; a route to realising your full potential, achieving your goals whilst becoming the person who you are meant and would like to be.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a member of UKCP
I trained and qualified at AGIP to Masters level: AGIP training is UKCP accredited.
Member of Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College;
Member of Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy.
WPF Diploma in An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I was Chair of Council at AGIP from 2013/15 and was Editor of the AGIP newsletter from 2009-2016.
I currently sit on the APPT Psychotherapy Training Committee and teach on the training on a number of subjects. I am also qualified to work as a therapist with students/trainees.
I also publish articles and lecture on film and cultural studies from a psychoanalytic perspective. I run the AGIP Film Club, which looks at cinema from a psychodynamic perspective and recently (March 15) had an article published in Psychodynamic Practise On-Line (Routledge) on the Powell and Pressburger film 'Black Narcissus' entitled 'Loneliness and the loss of the soul'. In Nov 2016 I had a paper published in the Journal of Analytical Psychology entitled 'David Bowie- integrating the Alien'. I had a book review published in the UKCP magazine the Psychotherapist in 2014 entitled 'Integrative psychotherapeutic approaches to autism spectrum conditions: working with hearts of glass.
I have taught on the psychoanalytic psychotherapy training at AGIP on a variety of subjects, including Dream Interpretation, Addictions and The Death Instinct and Fairbairn, Winnicott and Object Relations.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in working with depression, anxiety, addiction and with people who feel stuck and are struggling to move forwards in life,with relationship and family issues. I specialise in dream interpretation and believe, as did Carl Jung and Jaque Lacan, that dreams are messages from the unconscious which can be interpreted and understood to our benefit. Dream language is a language like any other, which when learnt can open doors in our consciousness and give us greater understanding of our true selves.
£50 a session, negotiable depending on circumstance. I will take into account your income and employment status and wont expect you to pay more than you can realistically afford. Unlike most psychotherapists, I do not charge for missed sessions or holidays so long as I am given a reasonable amount of notice.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||the unconscious and the language of dreams|
Mon - Sat 9-9
Types of client