Clea McEnery-West MA
I offer online and telephone sessions at a regular time each week. The time and day will be agreed between us.
I believe in the intrinsic ability of the mind to heal itself given the right conditions. Therapy is the setting where this can happen. Talking through difficulties and developing an understanding of your life experiences and how they have affected you is key to the change that psychotherapy can achieve.
I offer open-ended psychotherapy, which can last anything from a few weeks or months to several years. It is important that it takes place at regular intervals, ie. weekly or bi-weekly, in order for it to be effective.
The First Meeting
The initial assessment is key to finding out whether therapy is the right treatment for you. This will be a meeting where I can find out more about what is troubling you and let you know how I can help.
How I Work
My approach is psychodynamic: the psychodynamic model is a way of understanding how many of our current issues have their roots in childhood experiences. It also allows me to explore with you thoughts and feelings you may not be fully aware of but which can have a significant impact on your life. These may be unhelpful thought patterns, behaviours, or beliefs about yourself which may hold you back. A common belief about therapy is that you have to talk a lot about your childhood, but in fact going back to the past is only necessary when there are unresolved issues. By looking at these again in therapy you can let them go and move forward.
In our sessions I will not talk about myself or my own experiences in relation to yours as this could have the effect of taking attention away from your unique experience. It keeps the focus on you. You may find this strange at first as it is unlike the sort of two-way conversation you may have with friends, family or other professionals, but I believe this is what makes therapy unique - it is different from any other conversation and it is all about you.
My experience is very broad, I have worked as a therapist in the NHS and in the corporate sector as well as for many years in private practice.
Specifically I have worked a lot with people suffering from anxiety, stress and depression, as well as relationship issues and work-related problems, including issues of discrimination and bullying. I also have a special interest in parenting and pregnancy/fertility issues.
The work is confidential and I follow the British Psychoanalytic Council code of ethical practice, www.bpc.org.uk.
I see people once or twice a week at a regular time. The sessions last for 50 minutes.
My consulting room is in Bloomsbury, 5 minutes walk from Kings Cross/St Pancras and Euston Stations.
Feel free to call or to email me for an initial conversation or to book an appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA in Psychoanalytic Studies.
Advanced Diploma/WPF Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
Certificate in Counselling Skills.
I trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at WPF Therapy, one of the leading psychotherapy training organisations in London, and my MA was also completed there (accredited by the University of Roehampton).
I have a long-standing interest in language, communication, culture and the importance and therapeutic benefit of storytelling and narrating one’s own story. My BA was in modern languages (French and Italian) and I hold an MPhil in Modern European Literature with a special interest in Anglo-Irish literature.
I am Senior Tutor on the MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy at Birkbeck, University of London where I have taught for seven years.
Previously I taught at WPF Therapy where I was a Certificate Course Tutor for five years.
I have worked as a counsellor within several GP counselling services doing time-limited therapy and offered psychotherapy consultancy within an adolescent in-patient psychiatric unit working with young people between 13-25 years in groups and individually.
I am contracted by employee assistance programs to work with clients referred from major companies in my private practice. I have worked extensively with staff from banks, such as Royal Bank of Scotland, charities and companies in the retail sector.
I am a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and abide by their ethical framework.
Also a member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC), WPFs graduate organisation.
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
Fees variable from £50
Some reduced fee places available for those on reduced incomes or who are training, please ask.