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About me

I am an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I offer assessments, and brief and longer term therapy. I work with adolescents and parents, young adults and adults experiencing a range of emotional difficulties. I specialise in issues that may become particularly pressing around late adolescence and early adulthood, such as, establishing identity, managing needs for independence vs dependence, experiences of separation and loss, and self esteem and resilience. Such concerns that can be thought of as related to emotional growth and personality development, may continue to be relevant across the lifespan.

Other areas I can help with include:

  • Low mood/depression
  • Anxiety/panic attacks
  • Motivation
  • Relationship issues
  • Adverse childhood experiences

My Approach

Psychodynamic therapy aims to understand the underlying factors that are often seen as emotional or behavioural difficulties. I believe such presenting behaviour, what may also become known as 'symptoms', may also be seen as an expression of thoughts and feelings that have important meanings. At the heart of psychodynamic therapy is the recognition that our complex and often unconscious emotional life is part of being human.

Regular sessions provide a stable structure that allows us to connect with and understand what happens for you at a deeper level. Taking time to explore and think about you and your situation during therapy, can help bring relief and make things feel more manageable.

How does it Work?

I suggest we have a brief discussion via telephone initially to understand the nature of your concerns. Following this, a consultation where I meet with you to talk about things in more depth may be recommended. This can be with parents/carers as appropriate. From there, a short period of assessment to arrive at an initial understanding of the problems may be agreed upon. Where necessary, weekly or more intensive individual therapy may be recommended.

Training, qualifications & experience

As well as maintaining a private practice, I've been employed in several NHS psychotherapy departments, in primary care and in charitable organisations.

I oversaw a therapy service in a large senior school and worked as part of a complex needs Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), covering four London boroughs.

I continue to hold positions in educational settings, providing therapeutic interventions for children, young people and parents, and supervision for trainee therapists.

I've been a mindfulness practitioner for over 10 years and have explored embodiment in a variety of ways. My client work is informed by an awareness of what our bodies tell us about our experience.

Prior to my professional training I studied music.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I charge £75 per session.

I may be able to offer a concession if you are a key worker, on a low income or a  student. I usually discuss the possibility of a reduced fee at initial consultation.

Further information

What next?

I welcome general enquiries from parents, young adults over 18, and adults. I am open to new private referrals with some weekday and evening availability. If you're considering working with me, or would like to arrange a consultation, please feel free to contact me via email or phone. If I can't be reached immediately, I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

Location

My practise is based in the peaceful Queen's Gate conservation area of South Kensington, a short walk from Gloucester Road station.

Second Floor
125 Gloucester Road
South Kensington
London
SW7 4TE

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families

Online platforms

Zoom
Ben Crawshaw BSc (Hons) MA MBACP

Ben Crawshaw BSc (Hons) MA MBACP