Anca Carrington, PhD
Talking makes it possible to address a range of difficulties, from a general sense of unease and lack of fulfilment, to more pressing experiences of stress, low mood, anxiety, fear and pain. These can arise in the context of personal or family relationship concerns, or with regards to general health, study, work or creativity.
It is often hard to name the cause of one's own suffering. Putting words to this experience, in a safe space, offers a uniquely powerful way to become unstuck and find a new path.
My approach to psychotherapy is psychoanalytic, paying particular attention to the place of unconscious forces in every day life. I focus on the exploration of patterns of behaviour and of relating, on the shaping of thoughts and dreams, in ways that make it possible to link current difficulties to past experiences and to learn something new from these links. In particular, I am interested in addressing the personal and hidden significance of individual difficulties and in working towards finding ways to a less troubled and more rewarding life that are unique to each person.
For this to be possible, we meet regularly, talk and listen. In order to get started, you need to be prepared to speak and to find out something new about yourself.
Feelings and change are experienced in ways that take time to decipher. Finding out about the roots of one's difficulties, working out ways to deal with these and building one's own solutions can only come about gradually, often with setbacks along the way.
My recommendation is to begin this process as an open-ended development, which is not to say that therapy needs to be endless. Like most things, this is an individual experience which should reflect your own needs and circumstances.
I offer open-ended and time-limited therapy, as well as one-off assessments. Evening and daytime appointments available during the week; morning appointments available on Saturdays.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working as clinician since 2008. After years of experience in the NHS, first at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, then at the South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, I am now a psychotherapist in full-time private practice.
I completed my psychotherapy training at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and was awarded a Masters in the Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy by the University of Essex.
I am registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am also a member of the College of Psychoanalysts-UK and a Clinical Associate member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research.
I am interested in particular in the question of identity and personal expression. Also, I have an interest in Lacanian analysis.
Carrington, A (2016). Money Matters: Lacanian clarifications on the functions of money in the psychic economy. Journal of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research (JCFAR), 27, pp.90-110.
Carrington, A. (ed.) (2014). Money as emotional currency, London: Karnac.
Rock, B. & Carrington, A. (2012).Complexity in primary care, in A. Lemma (Ed.), 2012, Contemporary Developments in Adult and Young Adult Therapy: The Work of The Tavistock and Portman Clinics, Vol. 1, (pp. 111-133), London: Karnac.
Carrington, A., Rock., B & Stern, J. (2012). Psychoanalytic thinking in primary care: The Tavistock Psychotherapy Consultation model, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Vol.26, No.2, 102-120.
Carrington, A. (2011). From economic theory to economic policy and from there to reality: A psychoanalytic excursion, European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, June 2011, Vol. 13, No. 2, 129–140
Rock, B. & Carrington, A. (2011). Addressing complexity in primary care, Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, January 2011, p.35.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
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My standard fee is £80 per session. The Saturday fee is £90.
I offer a limited number of reduced-fee treatment places (£45).
I am a registered provider for Aviva, Cigna, PruHealth and WPA.
Evening and daytime appointments available during the week; morning appointments available on Saturdays.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evenings during the week and Saturdays
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|