Koula Mary Slevin MSc. PgDip UKCP Registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
294 St. Margaret's Banks
I am a fully qualified & experienced Psychoanalytic psychotherapist, providing treatment for a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties from my discreet and comfortable practice in Rochester, Kent. Alongside private practice I work as Consultant Psychotherapist for Bupa and Group psychotherapist for the West Kent NHS.
Many individuals come to see me having previously tried other forms of therapy or counselling whose effect proved temporary. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy with an appropriately skilled clinician can be and very often is, life changing. I am a competent and talented therapist having worked with patients in distress for over 10 years both within the UK (NHS/University of Kent) and across Europe with both qualitative and quantitative verifiable results. People come to me from a wide range of socio-economic, cultural and religiously diverse backgrounds.
People choose psychoanalytic psychotherapy because they are no longer able to continue living desperately unhappy lives. The reasons for the distress may be understood, but very often there is a confusion in knowing why one may be feeling so low or unfulfilled in life, possibly even feeling suicidal. This confusion only amplifies the experience of emotional and psychological pain. The answers are deeply rooted in the unconscious and require a specific treatment to bring them to light. This is the work of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
Despite the high levels of clinical skill involved in the practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, my disposition is warm and sympathetic. Following treatment with me, people begin to feel in control of their lives again, enjoy greater satisfaction at work , in relationships, they handle problems more effectively and feel a greater optimism day to day. Their lives begin to feel productive again, their relationships improve or change altogether reflecting this new, healthier and happier self.
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 not counselling. It 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 with people who may have questions about the treatment I offer and whether this is a process that will be helpful to them. If this sounds like you, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. I have limited availability for evening and Saturday appointments.
Call or email for consultation appointments or general enquiries. 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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Getting to see me:
In the centre of Rochester, 294 St. Margarets 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|