Susan Wax - Psychoanalyst working with individuals/couples and trainees
Specialist working in the mental health service since 1976 and as a result, have many years of experience of working with individuals with emotional and psychological difficulties. I qualified as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with BAP in 1991 and as a psychoanalyst with BPA in 2007. I am in full-time private practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist/psychoanalyst and supervisor, working with both individuals and couples who are experiencing crisis and difficulty in their daily lives and relationships generally. This might be as a result of a distinct clinical condition,such as anxiety or depression, or as a result of a specific life issue which is undermining the quality of enjoyment of life, work and personal relationships and ability to cope generally. Fundamentally, most people look for counselling or therapy due to relationship difficulties, be it with partner, children, family, work or with oneself. Being in relationship and unders stress can be as challenging as being out of one, through bereavement, tragedy or relationship breakdown.
When seeking professional help for the first time, it is often confusing as to where to start, with whom and to find out what approach would best suit your particular difficulty. The starting point recommended is always to have a very thorough clinical assessment with a highly experienced clinician with a knowledge of all the available forms of intervention, medical, psychological and therapeutic.
I have specialised in clinical assessment for various counselling and psychotherapy organisations for over 20 years. If I am unable to offer help to a potential client personally, I will endeavour to assist you in finding the best possible help alternative available.
Once assessment has been completed, I will discuss with you a recommendation of approach which I can offer. This may be brief therapy of a fixed number of sessions for a distinct problem, couple counselling/therapy for relationship issues and sexual problems or longer term individual psychotherapy for deep-seated and long standing difficulties.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Training Analyst/Supervisor for the British Psychoanalytic Assoc.
I am a Training Therapist/Supervisor for the British Psychotherapy Foundation
I am a member of the International Psychoananlytic Association (IPA)
Apart from working privately with individuals and couples, I teach and supervise other professionals working in the mental health field, including doctors, psychologists, nurses, counsellors and psychotherapists.
Registered / Accredited
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British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have particular interest and experience of working with clients with gender/sexuality issues and individuals/couples with relationship/sexual relationship issues.
Other areas of specialism include working with mothers (with babies) suffering post-natal depression and patients with terminal illness. Having a long association with the Macmillan Nurses and Hospices in Herts, I have considerable experience of working with bereavement and helping sufferers and families dealing with loss and grief.
I also work with gender and sexuality issues.
Fees are determined by the frequency of therapy sessions per week and the circumstances of the client.
Sessions last for 50 minutes, the content of which is strictly confidential.
I abide by the Code of Ethics of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) to act in the best interests of the client at all times.