There are many different kinds of therapy but at the heart of all successful therapies is a strong, reliable and robust relationship with your therapist. It’s important that you feel comfortable with me and are able to be honest about how you are feeling – even when that feels painful or difficult.
I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy which is a less intensive form of psychoanalysis. It uses similar techniques, but aims to find quicker solutions to more immediate problems. We will talk about your personal relationships and the thoughts you have about other people. I’ll encourage you to discuss the past as well as the present.
Sooner or later, clients often find themselves thinking about their childhood, as this is such a formative period. However, this certainly isn’t the essential point of psychotherapy. The aim is to address what is happening now in your mental life, consciously and unconsciously, and in your relationships. So the present and the future are far more important than the past for the past’s sake. Even so, exploring your memories and feelings about your childhood can help you to identify links between past events and how you think, act and feel now.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Psychodynamic Psychotherapist with experience of working in the NHS and charity sector as well as private practice. I hold an MSc in Psychodynamics of Human Development from the University of London followed by a further 4-year, rigorous postgraduate clinical training at WPF Therapy – one of the UK’s leading psychotherapy training centres. I am a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC) and am bound by their code of ethics.
I am trained to offer open-ended, long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. I draw upon psychoanalytic and psychodynamic approaches. I offer a secure and confidential environment in which to explore your difficulties and establish a treatment plan that will be specific to your needs.
I have experience in treating a range of psychological and emotional disorders including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, loss and bereavement and relationship problems. In my NHS role I specialised in working with adult survivors of child sexual abuse.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
I charge £70 per session. Fees are renewed annually. Appointments last 50 minutes. Initial consultations last for 1.5 hours and cost £80.
I currently have vacancies on Monday and Wednesday afternoons in Shoreditch and Tuesday afternoon and Thursday mornings in Sydenham. No evening appointments currently available.
What to do next
Starting therapy can feel daunting so I will aim to make it as easy as possible for you. Simply call or email me to arrange an initial appointment where we will talk through your particular difficulties and how I may be able to help you. This gives you the chance to decide if you feel comfortable with me and would like to start working with me. We may have one or two sessions before the decision is made and this will give you the opportunity to ask questions about your treatment and to decide if it is what you really want.
Therapy usually takes place once a week at the same time and lasts for 50 mins.