About me

I am a qualified, experienced psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, based in the West Hampstead/Swiss Cottage area in North-West London. I offer therapy for adults seeking help with issues including depression, anxiety, loss and bereavement, relationships, low self-esteem, work problems, phobias, post-traumatic stress, panic attacks, life transitions and relocation.

I specialise in medium- to longer-term therapy, but I am also available for shorter-term therapy and psychodynamic counselling.

Why Have Therapy?

At some point in life, most of us experience emotional difficulties that can feel unmanageable, confusing or overwhelming. At these times, we can feel very alone and isolated with our worries. When we have problems or are distressed, it can help to talk about it with a therapist who is specially trained to listen and understand emotional distress. Evidence shows psychological therapies do help.

How Therapy Works

Psychotherapy involves a series of regular meetings in which we will work together to explore and understand what is troubling you. It's a collaborative process, tailored to your individual needs. I don't give advice, but I can think with you about your situation and help you find your own solutions.

What Happens in a Session

Sessions last 50 minutes and offer the opportunity to reflect on how you think, feel, relate to others, and respond to life events. In a professional and supportive environment, you can safely discuss past experiences, current challenges or your hopes for the future. Through talking with a qualified and experienced therapist, you can gain self-awareness and explore your potential.

How I Work

I provide a safe and confidential space where you can talk openly without fear of being judged, criticised, rejected or blamed. I work from a psychodynamic and psychoanalytic perspective, based on the principal that problems and distress in the present may be related to early experiences. Understanding these can help you gain fresh insights into your life and find the best way forward. The evolving therapeutic relationship and the here-and-now of the session are important aspects of the treatment, providing opportunities for understanding through a live emotional experience.

Counselling, Psychotherapy or Psychoanalysis?

When we meet, you can tell me about yourself and we will discuss the most suitable treatment options for you. Counselling can be effective in focusing on a specific problem, event or situation. Sessions are usually once-weekly, and treatment tends to be brief or medium-term.

Psychotherapy is more appropriate for more complex and long-standing issues, which may have origins in childhood. As more deep-seated issues take time to untangle, psychotherapy tends to be a longer-term and more intensive treatment. People often opt for two or three sessions per week. The increased intensity of psychotherapy facilitates the therapeutic process and promotes more lasting change.

Psychoanalysis seeks to bring troubling unconscious forces affecting our emotions, behaviour and relationships into conscious awareness. With the insights gained during treatment, the patient can work at improving relationships and productivity, interrupt self-defeating or self-destructive patterns, and perhaps unlock creative potential. It’s a lengthy and intensive process, usually requiring several years of four to five times a week sessions to resolve long-standing difficulties, such as self-defeating or restrictive behaviours, or problems forming personal relationships. The frequency of sessions provides the stable and confidential structure for patient and analyst to connect with and understand what’s happening at a deeper level.

The relationship between patient and analyst is an integral aspect of the work, providing the opportunity for a live, feeling experience that enables analysand and analyst to better understand the individual’s internal world and relationships. The hope is that over time, the individual can recover lost emotional connections and vitality, give up unhealthy ones, adapt more effectively to her current circumstances and thus live more fully. With the generosity of time, attention and thought given in psychoanalysis, authentic and lasting change is possible, even when working with substantial emotional difficulties. It’s important that the analysis is brought to a proper ending so the patient can leave intact and autonomous, with new ways of thinking in hand and new horizons in view.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Qualifications

I completed my five-year professional training as a Psychoanalyst at the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA) in London. I am a qualified member of the BPA and the International Psychoanalytical Association.

I completed my training as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Counsellor at WPF Therapy, London. I hold a WPF Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Studies from Roehampton University. I also hold a WPF Post-Qualifying Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

I completed a one-year Certificate course on Understanding Trauma at the Tavistock Centre, the London specialist mental health care trust renowned internationally for its high-quality mental health care, training and research.

In addition to my private practice, I have worked in the National Health Service as a counsellor in general practice, at WPF Therapy, and with the national charity Victim Support.

My accrediting memberships include:

• The British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA)

• The International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA)

• The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

• The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

• The Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (WPF)

I work to the strict ethical codes and professional standards required by the organisations to which I belong. See my website at http://www.counsellingNW6.co.uk for my Terms and Conditions, including Data Protection information.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Relocation difficulties

Therapies offered

  • Psychodynamic therapy



Fees start at £65 for a 50-minute session. I reserve a small number of more affordable spaces for people on low incomes. A 90-minute initial consultation is £85.

The First Meeting

The purpose of the initial consultation is to discuss your needs and expectations, whether therapy could be helpful for you, and explore how we might work together. There is no commitment to continue, but you may want to return and meet for a few sessions before deciding whether you would like to proceed further. If and when you decide to continue, we will agree a regular time (s) to meet each week.

Further information

How to Find My Practice

My practice is located in Swiss Cottage, Northwest London, NW6, convenient for central and north London. It is easy to reach using Jubilee or Metropolitan Underground Lines, major bus routes, and Thameslink and London Overground rail.

Strictly Confidential

All enquiries are strictly confidential. You do not need a referral from your GP to make an appointment.

86 Goldhurst Terrace

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages During the Coronavirus pandemic, I am offering therapy online and by telephone.


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Types of client

Older adults
Lisa Vaughan

Lisa Vaughan