Ben Crawshaw BSc (Hons) MA MBACP
Deciding to begin therapy and finding a therapist can be a daunting process. Feeling sceptical or apprehensive is to be expected when seeking a professional to help with personal issues; its important to find someone you feel comfortable engaging with. Whilst theories and clinical experience are essential, in my view, the effectiveness of therapy rests on the quality of the human relationship between client and therapist. Therapy is an opportunity to discover more of who we are and how we relate to each other, through relating to another. The foundations of this therapeutic relationship are trust and the valuing of understanding.
You may come to therapy feeling confused and unhappy, or simply want to gain some clarity in certain aspects of your life. Through engaging in an ongoing collaborative exploration of your situation its possible to create space and consider making new choices, even in areas of your life that have previously felt stuck. Therapy can also be a time to begin facing up to parts of our lives and ourselves that have previously felt too painful to think about and understand.
I adopt mainly existential and psychodynamic approaches to understanding our human predicament. This means I'm interested in the various dimensions of your real life situation as well as your internal experience of the world. The focus of our work will be your subjective experience as well as an awareness of unconscious dynamics, relational and emotional patterns.
I’m interested in how our early experiences of family and relationships influence our ability to cope with life later on. We may repeat early learnt patterns of relating, and of protecting ourselves, even when they're no longer helpful and may even maintain our current problems. Through understanding these patterns and how they’re limiting us, it’s possible to begin making choices that can help lead a more fulfilling life.
I've been a mindfulness practitioner for over 10 years. I've worked with embodied experience in a variety of ways and this informs my work with clients.
As well as maintaining a private practice, I've worked in the NHS in several hospital 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 multi-disciplinary team covering four London boroughs in a complex needs Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). I continue to hold a position in an educational setting, providing therapeutic interventions for young people and parents, psycho-educational and mindfulness groups for practitioners and young people and supervision for trainee therapists.
Who I see
I offer both longer term psychotherapy and short term, solution focused counselling for adults. I offer therapeutic interventions for young people aged 12 - 18, and consultation for parents to support you with your child when they are experiencing behavioural and emotional issues.
Young people and parents
If you're a parent exploring the possibility of therapy for your child, I would usually ask to meet you first, for one or two sessions, in order to understand in detail your concerns. This can sometimes be enough to help and set you off in the right direction.
I can further offer to see your child, for an assessment, which involves seeing him or her a few times on their own. Following this, we can think together and discuss options for further therapy, if we jointly consider that it would be helpful, tailored to your family's needs.
I work with a range of issues including:
- Trauma and abuse
- Stress, anxiety and panic attacks
- Low self esteem, low mood and depression
- Relationship and family difficulties
- Anger and behavioural issues at school and home
- Loss and bereavement
- Self harm and suicidal thoughts
- Difficulties eating
Training, qualifications & experience
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registered Psychotherapist
MA Working with Children, Young People and Families; A Psychoanalytic Observational Approach. Tavistock and Portman NHS (Current)
MA Psychological Counselling, Regent's University School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology.
BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling, University of Surrey.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Relationship problems
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I charge £50 for an initial assessment. Sessions thereafter are charged at £75 for adults and £90 for young people and parents.
I also offer a number of reduced fee daytime sessions for students and those on low incomes.
Finding a therapist can feel daunting. It may be helpful for you to meet more than one in order to find someone you feel comfortable with. I'm happy to offer an initial meeting on this basis.
If you're considering working with me, or would like to arrange an initial meeting, 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.
My practise is based in the peaceful Queen's Gate conservation area of South Kensington, a short walk from Gloucester Road station.
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