I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council, and am a training therapist and supervisor for the British Psychotherapy Foundation, and a training therapist for WPF Therapy.
I am also a group analytic psychotherapist and training group analyst, and a member of the Institute of Group Analysis.
I am currently taking enquiries for my private psychotherapy group which takes place on Tuesday evenings, 7.00 to 8.30pm. I also have spaces in my twice weekly group, which takes place on Monday evenings 6.45pm and Thursday mornings at 7.15am. Both groups take place at Swiss Cottage.
I am also available to work with teams and organisations, offering reflective practice groups in order to enable teams to work more effectively.
I have over 15 years experience of working in the NHS, including working as Consultant Psychotherapist for CNWL until recently. I have substantial experience of working with people with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, work related stress, relationship problems, addictions, psychosexual problems, eating disorders, personality disorders and other mental health problems. I also have substantial experience of providing reflective practice groups to teams within the NHS.
My private consulting room is in Queens Park, close to the Bakerloo Line and the Overground.
Whilst trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, I also offer psychodynamic counselling, adapting my approach as appropriate to the presenting problems. My approach is based on the understanding that difficult experiences in the past can continue to affect the way we feel and behave in the present. I aim to provide a safe place in which people can talk openly about themselves so as to help them understand what might have contributed to their problems and change the way they respond.
Who is psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy for?
This is one of many different types of therapy and involves talking to a person who is trained to listen and think in a sensitive way. It is helpful for those who suspect their difficulties have an emotional or psychological origin and who are seeking to gain a deeper understanding.
What is the evidence for psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy?
There is a growing body of evidence. For example see Shedler,J (2009) "The efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy", in American Psychologist. Shedler examines the empirical evidence and finds that it supports the efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Moreover, patients maintain their therapeutic gains and appear to continue to improve after treatment ends.
What is Group Psychotherapy?
Group psychotherapy is a form of therapy which places emphasis on the essentially social nature of human experience. "The method and theory of group analysis is concerned with a dynamic understanding of the inner working of the human mind as a social, multipersonal phenomenon" (Foulkes 1975). Symptoms and problems are seen in their interpersonal context and are translated into communicable language. It enables a greater understanding of interpersonal relationship patterns by focussing on them as they emerge within the group, making connections with personal and work place relationship patterns. It can help people to understand themselves better and to develop a greater capacity for relationships and more fulfilment in their lives.
What is a reflective practice group?
This involves a tailor made intervention which is likely to include a series of meetings with the team in which the team is assisted in reflecting on the experience of working together as a team with a view to addressing any problems that are impeding the team's effectiveness. The aim is to unblock any obstacles to working creatively, and to improve the team's capacity to communicate.
Training, qualifications & experience
I graduated in Social Psychology in 1976 and worked in a residential therapeutic community for people with mental health problems.
In 1989 I attended a two year pre-training course titled Seminars in Psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic and then in 1995 I began my professional training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the British Association of Psychotherapists.
I qualified as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in 2000 and became a Senior Member of the British Association of Psychotherapists, in 2004. I am currently a Training Therapist and Supervisor, and a Senior Member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation.
I completed a one year course in Supervision Skills with the British Association of Psychotherapists in 2001 and offer clinical supervision.
In 2009 I completed a training in group analysis at the Turvey Institute and obtained a Diploma in Group Analytic Psychotherapy. I am also registered with the Institute of Group Analysis as a training group analyst.
I have worked in GP surgeries as a primary care counsellor, and in various other NHS settings. Until recently I worked as a Consultant Psychotherapist in the NHS, employed by CNWL Foundation Trust. I worked previously for many years as a BACP accredited counsellor.
I have over 16 years experience of providing counselling and psychotherapy in my private practice, and over 20 years experience of working with people with mental health problems in the NHS and Local Authorities.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
My normal fee is £70 per session for individual therapy. A lower fee may be negotiable, depending on frequency of sessions and time of day.
My fee for group therapy is £40 per session for the once weekly group and £35 per session for the twice weekly group. I also have places for reduced fee patients.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a BPC Registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Senior Member of BPF.View supervision profile