Ben Crawshaw

Psychodynamic Psychotherapist BSc (Hons) MA MBACP

About me

Are you looking for a safe, confidential place to explore what is troubling you? As you have come this far, its likely that finding the best professional help is important to you. 

I'm a psychodynamic psychotherapist with over 13 years experience of helping people in emotional distress, both in private practice and various NHS, CAMHS and educational settings. My practice is in central London, in quiet and comfortable rooms, a few minutes walk from Oxford Circus.  

You may be curious to understand yourself in more depth, or have a particular issue you wonder if I can help you with. I have extensive experience helping people with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, anger, self harm, issues with self-esteem, identity, sexuality, family and relationships and the aftermath of trauma, neglect and abuse. I am especially experienced working with young adults aged 18 - 30.  

How therapy can help 

There are times in all our lives when we find things overwhelming, we can struggle with feeling anxious, depressed or confused and may be unsure how to make things better. Often, the support of family and friends can be enough to help us through. If the difficulties persist however, this can increase stress and unhappiness at home and work. If you're at this stage, then psychotherapy might be helpful for you. 

I offer a safe and confidential environment where you can explore what is troubling you without fear of criticism or judgment. Together, we can get a clearer picture of your situation and come to an understanding of the problems. Taking time to go into matters during the course of therapy can bring relief and help life to feel more manageable. 

I am interested in how the experiences we have lead us to adopt fears and beliefs that continue to shape our lives, even in ways we don't consciously choose. Becoming aware of the influence our expectations have can help us to make different choices, and build a more stable and balanced sense of self. 

My approach is usually helpful for people that feel their problems are more complex or deep rooted. Psychodynamic therapy aims not only for the relief of symptoms in the short term but for change that is lasting and can act as the catalyst for a lifelong process of development. 

How does it work?

Initially I offer a consultation process which will help you explore whatever is troubling you and to see whether my approach would be helpful. If you are interested in working with me, or have any queries, please feel free to contact me via email or phone. If I'm not available right away, I'll get back to you as soon as I can. You may wish to leave me a message suggesting a time for me to call you.  

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed an extensive five year training as a psychotherapist at Regents University, School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology. Further to this, I studied early child development in depth at the renowned Tavistock Centre. 

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 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.

Fees

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

My fees range from £50 - £75 per session, depending on your circumstances. 

Availability

I currently have some weekday and evening availability face to face and online. Please enquire about times and whether I can offer you a session time that is convenient for you. 

Margaret Street Practice
39 Margaret Street
London
W1G 0JQ

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families

Key details

DBS check

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Ben Crawshaw

Ben Crawshaw