I am an individual and group psychotherapist with 20 years NHS & private practice experience. I provide a safe & reflective therapeutic space in which to explore and understand a range of emotional problems such as stress, low mood, relationships, self-esteem, eating, trauma & loss. I have worked in GP surgeries as a primary care counsellor and as consultant psychotherapist in Central & North West London NHS Trust.
I began my career with a BA degree in Social Psychology, after which I worked in a number of mental health settings, including residential and day-care, and developed my interest and understanding in the origins of mental health problems. After exploring various types of therapy I was most drawn to the psychoanalytic approach as I feel it is the most potent and effective way to help people to overcome deeply entrenched emotional problems.
Note about the covid19 pandemic
I am continuing to offer therapy, individual and group, online, using zoom.
About my individual psychotherapy practice
While I trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, I also offer psychodynamic counselling, adapting my approach to your problems as they present themselves. 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. This will help you to change how you feel about yourself and other significant people in your life and lead to a reduction in your distressing symptoms.
My private consulting room is in Queens Park, close to the Bakerloo Line and the Overground.
About my psychotherapy groups
Group psychotherapy is about the essentially social nature of human beings. The group enables people to feel included and connected, and to overcome any sense of isolation and loneliness. It also enables a greater understanding of your important relationships by focusing on how you are relating within the group. In the group you are likely to feel that you can see aspects of yourself through how others are acting. By giving and receiving feedback on this you will gain a number of perspectives on yourself, and feel a closer connection with others. This can help you to find your voice in your family, work and social groups outside, and to develop a stronger sense of your own identity, as well as help you to improve the quality of your relationships and feel more secure in yourself.
My groups take place in Swiss Cottage. My once weekly group is on Tuesdays from 7.00pm to 8.30pm and my twice weekly group is on Mondays from 6.45pm to 8.15pm and Thursdays from 7.15am to 8.45am.
Currently the groups are meeting online, and will return to meeting in person when safe to do so.
The group has a maximum of 8 members who have agreed to stay in the group for at least one year. All group members agree to maintain confidentiality.
About couples therapy
Couples therapy can be the better option if your problems are primarily concerning your intimate relationship with your partner. For example, there may be sexual problems, ongoing conflict, issues related to trust, or you may need help in retrieving, separating or ending the relationship. Therapy will focus on understanding the current situation, the history of the relationship, and the patterns from early childhood that are being reactivated for both partners. We will work together to help you to recover, and to develop a healthier and more satisfying relationship.
About reflective practice groups
This is a service I provide for teams in the workplace. It involves a tailor-made intervention which is likely to include a series of meetings with the team in which they are assisted in reflecting on the experience of working together 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.
If you are interested in what I might be able to offer you, you are welcome to contact me by phone or email, and we can arrange to meet for an initial consultation during which we can discuss how I might be able to help you, and whether a group or individual therapy would suit you best.
Training, qualifications & experience
Years in practice
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: British Association of Psychotherapists (2000)
Group Analytic Psychotherapy: Turvey Institute of Group Psychology (2009)
Seminars in Psychotherapy: Tavistock Clinic (1989)
British Psychoanalytic Council
British Psychotherapy Foundation
Institute of Group Analysis
Inner City Centre
Group Analytic Network, London
Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists
Practitioner in Mentalisation Based Therapy
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist Trainer
Group Analyst Trainer
Supervisor for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Trainees & Group Analytic Trainees
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
My normal fee is £75 per session for individual therapy. A lower fee may be negotiable, depending on the frequency of sessions and time of day.
My fee for group therapy is £45 per session for the once weekly group and £35 per session for the twice weekly group. I also have places for reduced fee patients.