Claudine Swinton-Lee (Psychotherapist; MBACP)
0208 670 9712 / 07956 306065
Down to earth and confidential short term and long term counselling offered to adults. Couples and relationship counselling also undertaken upon appropriate assessment.
Basic orientation as a therapist lies in the recognition of how the past (distant or most recent) effects present behaviour, attitude and choice - not always in the way we would ideally like or wish - and hence determines our future thus perpetuating negative cycles of experience. Although therapy is not 'magic' and one should never promise a successful outcome, I am happy to say that clients that finish their therapy with me leave with a new bank of self-knowledge, clarification of issues and lifelong tools all acquired through their attendance - and, most importantly, unhappy 'cycles' of experience broken.
In our first session we will clarify what your expectations and goals are. An initial consultation allows us an introduction which will enable you to decide whether or not you would like to continue working with me. We will speak about what the catalyst has been in making an appointment; as you explain I will also describe to you in what ways therapy may help you to resolve certain problems, the obstacles that may sometimes stand in the way of this (what we term 'defense mechanisms') and how, through your 'free association' (talking in an environment without being judged) we will discover certain beliefs and thoughts that up until now may have remained 'unknown' (consciously) but have still exercised a 'dynamic' and effective influence over actions and thought (i.e psychodynamic understanding)
Through your narrative - that is to say, data based on factual word from yourself within our sessions - I will offer explanations and interpretations which are coincidental with realisations being made from week to week, and which bring clarity and understanding to what previously may have appeared confusing and inescapable. Through application of what is being experienced and made sense of in therapy, then, we will see certain changes occur. We call this process 'working through'.
Seeing life and oneself in new ways will bring, it is hoped, empowerment, confidence and, ultimately, skills to remain calm and happy - even in the more (and inevitable) challenging times presented by life.
I usually suggest booking a regular slot in the diary, until therapy is no longer required. There is no obligation to attend all sessions booked but continuity is essential for successful therapy.
I offer an 8 week course and see couples on session one and eight together - and then separately on separate days for the six weeks in the interim. In session one we discuss the problems and challenges facing partners in the relationship. In session eight we discuss the developments and personal insights made. The method is regarded as a short term therapy designed to aid personal growth and to develop recognition of how and in what ways one effects - and is effected by - the other. Discovering what events have led to certain behaviours frees us from previous debilitating patterns of involvement and helps us to understand not only ourselves but our partners, family, friends and so on.
Training, qualifications & experience
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (International School Of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy) Diploma (4 year study programme)
Hypnotherapy (London College Of Clinical Hypnosis) Certificate.
MBACP - Member British Association Of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Certificate of Proficiency held)
I am particularly familiar in seeing clients - both men and women - who wish to resolve issues in relation to specific and generalised anxiety, addiction, anger/frustration, depression, psychosexual issues, sexuality, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, medically unexplained /psychosomatic symptoms, partner and family issues, workplace conflict and challenges, difficulties in romantic life, feeling bullied, over-thinking/over-reacting, low self-esteem/lack of confidence, indecision, feeling empty/unfulfilled, feeling out of control/procrastination, attachment disorder, difficulty in liking self and making connection with others, relationship break up and separation, affairs, feelings of helplessness and fear, guilt and shame issues, unmanageable stress, loss/bereavement, trauma, mid-life crisis/existential issues, feelings of isolation, menopausal impact, insomnia, self-harm and suicidal feelings.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As mentioned above, I am particularly familiar in seeing clients - both men and women - who wish to resolve issues around specific and generalised anxiety, addiction, anger, depression, psychosexual issues, sexuality, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, medically unexplained/psychosomatic symptoms, family/relationship issues, workplace conflict and challenges, difficulties in romantic life, feeling bullied, over-thinking/over-reacting, low self-esteem/lack of confidence, indecision, feeling empty/unfulfilled, feeling out of control/procrastination, attachment disorder, difficulty in liking self and making connection with others, relationship break up and separation, affairs, feelings of helplessness and fear, guilt and shame issues, unmanageable stress, loss/bereavement, trauma, mid-life crisis/existential issues, feelings of isolation, menopausal impact, insomnia, self-harm and suicidal feelings.
50 minute initial consultation; £50.00
Daytime/evening bookings; £50.00
Couples Counselling: As per individual therapy fees above (one single payment only for session one/eight shared session)
There are limited low cost counselling and concessionary places available so please enquire if you are in receipt of benefits, student loans, are on a low income or other circumstances necessary to take into account (Maximum of 8 sessions agreed initially to allow others to take advantage of low cost counselling places if necessary)
I am accustomed to and enjoy meeting with people from diverse and varied backgrounds, religions, cultures/beliefs and of all ages, abilities and sexual orientations.
I adhere to BACP's Ethical Framework guidelines and receive ongoing monthly clinical supervision (I have full professional indemnity insurance)
Most Recent CPD Workshops;
Gender Dysphoria (Michelle Bridgeman)
Dealing With Distress - Working With Self-Harm And Suicide (PODS)
Positive Outcomes For Dissociative Survivors (PODS)
Working With Dissociative Identity Disorder (PODS)
Running Mindfulness Groups
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 5pm - 10pm
Types of client