I am a psychotherapist working in the NHS and in private practice. In my day job I am head of an NHS psychotherapy service where I see adults with complex mental health difficulties. In the evenings and early mornings I have a small private practice where I see patients in my consulting room near to Peckham Rye park in Southeast London. As well as a psychotherapist, I am a consultant clinical psychologist. This means that I have a wide knowledge of mental health problems and of a range of evidence-based psychological therapies.
My main approach is psychoanalytic. The approach involves listening closely to what patients say and using an understanding of unconscious motivations and processes to help them. People develop ways of managing their emotions as they grow up, influenced by important relationships. They usually seek help when they feel that they are not coping well with their situation or with life in general, and when particular patterns keep repeating themselves which cause problems.
Talking with a trained professional can help people understand themselves better and find new ways of dealing with their problems. This can alleviate feelings of distress including anxiety and depression, improve relationships, and help lead to a more fulfilling life. Psychotherapy provides an open-ended thinking space that allows time for unfolding and deepening of understanding of the person's emotional life, which can help unblock problems and help with relationships and life issues.
I am registered as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with the British Psychoanalytic Council, and with the British Psychological Society as a chartered clinical psychologist / associate fellow, and with the Health and Care Professions Council, the body that regulates practitioner psychologists. Each of these organisations has an online register. Before joining the NHS I was a primary school teacher and educational psychologist.
In the first instance after speaking on the phone we would meet for a no strings attached consultation. This would be a chance for me to assess you and your difficulties and for you to get a sense of me. We would then together decide whether to meet for further session/s.
The fee for the initial meeting would be £75. Subsequent meetings would be between £75 and £100 per 45 minute session depending on affordability. I see patients one to three times a week, and am happy to see people for shorter interventions, as well as for open-ended psychotherapy, which can go on for as long as necessary.
Why seek psychotherapy?
Most people experience anxiety or depression at some time in their life and have to contend with pain and disappointment. Other difficult feelings include sadness, feelings of inadequacy, and difficulties making or sustaining good relationships. Signs of depression include low mood and a number of other symptoms described such as reduced energy, zest or concentration, libido, appetite and poor sleep . Anxiety disorders include generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Sympoms of anxiety include mental strain, muscular tension and headaches, stomach and intestinal pain, constipation and diarrhea, and poor sleep.
Often these feelings can be resolved without outside help, but sometimes therapy can be helpful. This may be because feelings from the past which one is not aware of are affecting one's emotional life. There are aspects of our state of mind which although have a deep effect upon us are largely hidden, that is they are unconscious. Psychotherapy can allow people to understand these hidden aspects of themselves and come to know themselves better.
Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for a range of psychological disorders. It can contribute to mental and physical health, to a sense of well-being and to an ability to manage life more successfully. It is often helpful to have one or more preliminary consultations before deciding whether therapy is the right approach for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Experienced psychoanalytic psychotherapist and consultant clinical psychologist
- Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy training at the Lincoln Clinic, now part of the British Psychotherapy Foundation
- Eligible to register with the British Psychoanalytic Council as psychoanalytic psychotherapist
- Masters in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Tavistock Clinic
- British Psychological Society qualification in Clinical Psychology, Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society
- 25 years experience working as a psychologist including group and family therapy and previously CBT
- Trained in Transference Focussed Psychotherapy for personality disorders
- Use Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy techniques
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Dependent personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am experienced at working with a wide range of mental health difficulties.
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£75-£100 depending on income; initial consultation £75.
Transport: Overground stations Nunhead (13 min walk) or Peckham Rye (20 min walk). Buses. Free street parking
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Type of session
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Types of client