Patricia Sandford MBACP PgDip PgCert BSc
Wilbraham Place Practice
9A Wilbraham Place
149 Blythe Road
07493 262 713
People often choose to see a counsellor or therapist for relationship problems only when the pain of not doing so exceeds the pain of revealing themselves to a perfect stranger. This holds a deep truth. It is daunting to think about sharing personal details of life with someone you don’t know. It is my experience, however, that when relationship counselling is approached as a warm and collaborative undertaking, the discomfort eases quickly.
There are the obvious reasons for seeking help with your relationship—you've grown apart, you or your partner wants more time together than the other is willing to give, your life goals have changed, you argue about money or how to raise your children, you are wondering if separation and divorce is the only way forward, to name a few. Sometimes people come to therapy to sort out a very specific problem, such as an affair, or how to manage a job loss. There are also less clear-cut reasons for psychotherapy—for example, the desire to stop repeating self-defeating patterns of behaviour that block you from having the relationship you long for and deserve.
The purpose of relationship therapy is unique to each couple and individual. A successful outcome depends a great deal on sorting out a client’s goals and working together with that individual and couple to help them tailor a specific plan to address their needs. I am an experienced and qualified counsellor and psychotherapist trained at the world-renowned Tavistock Relationships, part of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, where I then worked as a Visiting Clinician. I specialise in working with clients to create healthy relationships. Our work together can be either of a short duration to deal with a specific issue, or more open-ended, which we can discuss when we first meet. My private practice has consulting rooms in both Sloane Square and Brook Green.
I work with couples to help them communicate and understand each other, and achieve a more satisfying and meaningful relationship. Sometimes this is done with both partners present, but it can also be done individually if it is not possible for your partner to attend. Please refer to my website pages for 'Couples' and 'Individuals in Relationships' for a more detailed discussion.
I also counsel individuals who are not presently in a relationship. Perhaps there has been a recent breakup you would like to understand better, or avoid dating because you fear attracting the same type of person yet again. We can work together to examine your past relationships, and understand underlying patterns that are preventing you from finding a more healthy and satisfying relationship. Please refer to my website page for 'Individuals' for a more detailed discussion.
Training, qualifications & experience
- The Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology and Tavistock Relationships (formerly The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships) - Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Couple and Individual Psychotherapy and Counselling.
- Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust - The Development of Psychoanalytic Theory and Introduction to Psychotherapy and Counselling.
- Member in good standing of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework.
- Graduate Member of The Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology (formerly the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors) and Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Alumni.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Please contact Patricia to discuss fees.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Wilbraham Place: Monday afternoons & evenings, Hammersmith: Currently no sessions available, but please check back over the next weeks as I will be adding sessions to meet demand.
Types of client