4 Summerhill Road
I am an established psychotherapist having worked in the NHS and private practice for over thirty years. I provide consultations for psychological and personal issues. For example, anxiety, depression, addictions and relationship problems. I can offer psychotherapy on an open ended basis or for a set number of sessions according to your situation and need.
What is psychoanalytic psychotherapy?
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is an exploratory relationship which seeks deep understanding of a persons experience with the aim of achieving lasting and beneficial change. It involves mutual discovery that avoids assumptions and adheres to strict boundaries including confidentiality and not meeting outside sessions. The process of unraveling and making sense of experience can bring enormous relief , particularly with painful feelings that you may have buried in an attempt to protect yourself. It's these repressed experiences that often appear in disguised form as symptoms. Psychoanalytic psychotherapists have undergone rigorous and deep training which includes having been in psychotherapy or analysis themselves. This is considered to increase a therapists empathy and understanding of the experience of those in their therapuetic care.
What Conditions can it Help?
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is a mainstream treatment sometimes available at NHS clinics usually for a limited number of sessions. It can help people with a wide range of presenting problems, from mild symptoms of stress to severe and enduring emotional problems. Sometimes it is seen less as a medical intervention and more of a developmental process often enabling individuals to live more creatively. However it's routes lay in biology and recent studies in neuroscience have demonstrated it's efficacy.
What Benefits can be Expected?
Often psychotherapy will help people in ways that surprise them. It can bring into focus aspects of life that hitherto have not been expressed or have remained unconscious. For example, careful attention and being held in mind by your therapist can help with identity, confidence and making choices in your life. Sometimes it can pinpoint a void, that which is missing in life. Sometimes people experience cure and the relief of symptoms. Due to the complexity of human beings none of these things are guaranteed and I remain wary of the therapist who over-estimates his or her powers of healing. Often it is the client that finds the answers, but the therapist is sometimes skilled at tuning into an individuals suffering and providing the conditions for change and healing to take place.
I find that it usually takes between one and five consultations to know if you wish to enter into psychotherapy, this is normally known as an assessment phase. I see people once or twice weekly depending on the depth of therapy required. Sessions are usually at the same time each week and last for 50 minutes. Sometimes people choose to lay on the couch others choose to remain seated face to face.
Training, qualifications & experience
- University of Kent, Master of Arts in Psychotherapy.
- University of Kent, Master of Clinical Science in Psychotherapy.
- Society of Analytical Psychology, Diploma in Psychotherapy Supervision.
- Institute of Group Analysis and Birkbeck College London, PGC in Group Analysis.
30 years in the healthcare professions which included:
- Psychotherapist at the Priory Hospital.
- External consultant to an NHS trauma service.
- Lead psychotherapist at an NHS hospital.
- Addictions service group programme director.
- Clinical supervisor for Bromley Community Counselling Services.
- UKCP United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
- CCOPPP Canterbury Consortium for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapists.
- BAPPS British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervisors.
- APP Associate member of the Association for Psychotherapists in the NHS .
- IGA Associate member of The Institute of Group Analysis.
- GASI Group Analytic Society International.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have an additional specialist interest in staff support groups and clinical supervision for health professionals.
I can offer clinical supervision via Skype.
Individual psychotherapy: £70
Individual Supervision: quote on request.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day time and evening appointments available.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am registered with the British Association of psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy supervisors.View supervision profile