Koula Mary Slevin MSc. PgDip UKCP Registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
294 St. Margaret's Banks
I am a fully qualified UKCP registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with over ten years clinical experience within the NHS, Bupa and private practice. I have successfully helped many people across Kent and the South East recover lives blighted by depression, conflict and destructive patterns of behaviour.
You may be researching what support is available to help you due to your feeling depressed,sad or anxious. You may be struggling with feelings of hopelessness, despair or low self esteem. Perhaps you are suffering from traumatic events or bereavement, use alcohol or drugs to numb emotional pains, are deeply unhappy with some aspect of your life such as your job or relationship or maybe it all just feels so unbearable that frightening thoughts of not wanting to go on, intrude.
Many people come to see a psychoanalyst feeling tired of repeatedly experiencing situations and events as upsetting or simply preventing them from experiencing life simply, joyfully and without struggle.
It is true to say that a number of my patients come into psychotherapy with me at such low points in their lives and are now living happier and more fulfilling lives following successful psychotherapy treatment.
My expertise is to free you from the negatives of the past so that you may start to live joyfully in the present. Very often our lack of peace and contentment in the present is due to unresolved issues from our past and we are typically not fully aware or conscious of what these unresolved issues may be. Psychotherapy can help to to develop your awareness and bring clarity to why and how these unresolved issues from the past can have significant impact on life in the present. Once we have this awareness, not just intellectually, but emotionally, the process of change can begin.
People describe the psychotherapy experience with me as awakening, life changing and pivotal to moving forward to a better quality of life. Many people come to see me having previously tried other forms of therapy or counselling whose effect proved temporary and describe feeling "like a completely different person" on leaving the therapy - of course what they have become is who they really are, without the shackles of their emotional pains.
In therapy with me, you will begin to feel in control of your life again, enjoy satisfaction, handle problems effectively and feel optimistic. Your life will begin to feel productive once more, relationships will improve or change, reflecting a healthier, happier you.
What is Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is at its best with questions about life & love relationships and feelings of emptiness or lacking purpose. Challenges such as life transitions, sexuality, relationship struggles and emotional imbalance can be difficult to resolve without professional guidance.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is a clinical treatment that gets to the core of the problem. It is often the best and longest lasting approach. It gets to the roots of negative patterns of thoughts, behaviours and feelings and changes basic neurological wiring over time and treatment course and especially helpful if:
- You feel diminished in confidence and self worth
- If you have ongoing struggles with anxiety and depression
- If you experience upset over your sexual life
- Struggle with addiction
- Have or suspect a diagnosis of a personality disorder or bi polar
- If you experience anger and fear as overwhelming
- Suffer physical health complaints which may be exacerbated or caused by poor psychological health.
- Have suffered an emotional or physical trauma or sexual abuse
I am happy to have a brief chat over the phone if you have questions about the treatment I offer and whether this is a process that will be helpful to you. I offer evening and weekend appointments although at the present time there is a waiting list of six weeks to be seen during these times.
Call or email to arrange an initial consultation or if you have a general enquiry. If you are obliged to leave a voice mail message, please ensure that the correct contact telephone number is reported in the message. I respond promptly to enquiries.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.2005
- Masters in Clinical Science -Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. 2010
- Professional member of the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College.2010
- Professional member Canterbury Consortium of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists 2009
- UKCP professional member (UKCP is the UK's leading professional body for qualified psychotherapists and mental health clinicians.)
NHS psychotherapist since 2005.
Private practice since 2011.
I bring to practice specialized knowledge of the difficulties and challenges facing professionals in the music and creative industries, the professions of law and business as well as people from the LGBT community and those whose cultural and birth background lies outside of the UK.
Prior to joining the UKCP professional register as a Psychoanalytic psychotherapist, I enjoyed a successful career in Broadcast Journalism with the BBC's World Service.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Getting to see me:
In the centre of Rochester, 294 St. Margaret's Banks is just a five minute walk from Rochester station with multiple parking lots and on street parking available for those coming by car.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime, evenings and weekends.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|