I am a highly experienced and intensively trained psychoanalytic psychotherapist, registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council . I work in both private practice and in the NHS, with people seeking emotional and psychological help for symptoms of depression, anxiety and low self esteem. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy can be particularly effective in getting to the deeper layers of what feels wrong inside of oneself, and the effects of this upon relationships, work and study.
As well as helping people who experience an underlying sense of sadness, frustration or dissatisfaction, psychotherapy is also suitable for those who want to understand themselves better and perhaps develop their capacities and strengths in order to achieve their potential, or to work more effectively with others themselves.
There may be major life adjustments such as relationship breakdown, illness, bereavement or other losses to cope with. Sometimes emotional problems are linked to a variety of physical symptoms which cause worry. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is effective in helping people to explore the more hidden or unconscious aspects of how they relate to others and how they see themselves.
The work takes place in a reliable and confidential setting in which the psychotherapist tries to help each person to reach a fuller understanding of their own particular difficulties. To do this, the therapist listens attentively, and makes observations about unhelpful repeating patterns of feeling and behaviour. These may come to light within the therapeutic relationship itself where they can be thought about . This process offers an opportunity to find new ways of dealing with emotional distress and open up a wider range of life choices.
Following an initial short telephone discussion about an individual's particular needs, an initial face to face assessment appointment may be offered, so that there is a chance consider more fully if psychotherapy will be of likely help. Sometimes one or more follow up sessions are offered if more time is needed to work out the best plan going forward.
Sessions are provided regularly and frequently each week in order to give enough space , support and continuity for the work to take place. This may involve one to five 50 minute sessions per week. Generally psychoanalytic psychotherapy is 'opened ended', which means that an ending date is not set at the beginning. This allows each person to have the necessary time in psychotherapy for the best prospect of help. All of this would be discussed within the initial meeting, taking individual needs into consideration.
Occasionally, at the beginning, an extended assessment of 4-6 sessions is offered. This might be to help someone form a much better understanding of their difficulties, though they may not be ready to engage in ongoing psychotherapy at this point in time. It may be decided that other forms of help besides psychotherapy are more appropriate.
Training, qualifications & experience
Master of Clinical Science in Psychotherapy. University of Kent.
Member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation. [BPC Registered Adult Psychotherapist]
I am also a Highly Specialist Adult Psychotherapist within the NHS and a member of the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS
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 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
£75 for an initial assessment meeting [up to 90 mins]
£60 per session [50 mins]
A reduced fee may be offered if this would enable someone to attend more frequent sessions each week.
I do not have current availability.
I offer training psychotherapies for some psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy organisations.
I am a qualified and experienced clinical supervisor and can offer small group supervisions as well as individual supervisions.
I teach periodically on the Psychotherapy Today Introductory Course at the British Psychotherapy Foundation.