Dr Andrew Asibong, PhD, BPC reg
I believe that lasting internal change is possible when we are ready for it, no matter how stuck or desperate a situation may seem. But we often need more than to be just ‘ready’. We may need structure, support and an empathic witness to the process. These are the things I try to offer.
I am a professionally qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist. I offer individual adults 50-minute sessions of therapy in my consulting room in North London, and I charge between £50 and £80 (depending on the client's income) per session. I am available for long-term, analytic work and for shorter periods of focused psychodynamic counselling. I am able to work in English, French and Spanish.
I believe that counselling and psychotherapy tend to be most effective when the gradually shifting dynamic between client and therapist can be thought about and explored by both parties, over time, as part of the therapeutic process. I think that the client needs to feel free to communicate not only about those problems which may have brought them to therapy in the first place, but also about the problems or frustrations they may experience in the consulting room, in their relationship with me, the therapist.
Some of the issues in which I have expertise include:
- Addiction (including sexual, emotional, romantic and work addiction)
- Attachment and intimacy problems
- Anxiety, panic and feelings of emptiness
- Childhood neglect and abuse (emotional, physical, sexual and spiritual)
- Cultural identity and marginalisation
- Depression and dissociation
- Eating disorders
- Family dysfunction and estrangement
- Loneliness and isolation
- Loss, abandonment and bereavement
- Rage and self-sabotage
- Sexuality and sexual identity
- Shame and low self-esteem
- Trauma (including complex, developmental, trans-generational and racialised trauma).
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a counsellor and psychotherapist in North London, with specialist expertise in inter-cultural psychotherapy, and particular interest in complex trauma disorder (CPTSD) and developmental trauma disorder (DTD). I qualified from the professional training at the Tavistock Clinic in London, part of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Since then, I have worked with a diverse range of clients, both in the NHS (East London NHS Foundation Trust) and in other organisations. I am a member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists and I am a registered professional member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), abiding by their code of ethics.
Before becoming a full-time therapist, I was for 15 years a university lecturer and researcher in film, literature and psychoanalytic studies. Before that, I wrote my doctoral thesis on the theme of fantastical metamorphosis in the arts. The question of metamorphosis – the perplexing but miraculous transformation at the heart of a life – has continued to fascinate me over the years, less as an intellectual problem, and more as an emotional and spiritual possibility. This fascination eventually led me to my own psychotherapy and to the decision to train in the psychodynamic tradition.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Eating disorders
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Complex trauma, CPTSD; developmental trauma, DTD; dissociation; family estrangement; inter-cultural therapy; internal family systems therapy; internalised shame; racism and racialised trauma.
I charge between £50 and £80 per 50-minute session of individual therapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||French, Spanish|
Types of client