Howard Grassow - Psychotherapist
I am an experienced psychotherapist registered with the UKCP and have worked for many years in different settings including NHS, education, business and welfare organisations and private practice. I work with people from a variety of backgrounds and who present with a wide range of issues including:
Anxiety/Addiction/Abuse/Anger/Affairs and betrayal/Bereavement/Boredom/Depression/Despair/Domestic abuse/Fear/Identity issues/Insecurity/Low self confidence/Loneliness/Loss of meaning or purpose in life/Self esteem/Stress/Phobias/Panic Disorder/Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder/Relationship issues/Risk Behaviours/Shame/Self harm/Separation and divorce/Sexual issues/Trauma/Work Issues/Violence and aggression.
My private practice is conveniently located in the centre of Canterbury. Most people refer themselves, although I also receive referrals from GP's, other health and education professionals and solicitors.
If you come to see me for an initial consultation we will spend time exploring the reasons you are thinking of starting therapy and what you are hoping to get out of it. I am interested in you as a unique person and will not simply look at your symptoms and try to fit you into a category. Instead we will spend time talking about your past and present life and try to reach a joint understanding of what may be underlining your symptoms or/and difficulties, that is arrive at a joint understanding of what is troubling you. It may take us a few sessions to reach this understanding, but when we do we will be able to use it to guide our work together. This initial understanding is likely to change many time in the course of our work together.
If I can't provide you with what you need or if we feel we can't work together I may be make suggestions of where you may go to find a more suitable therapist for you, or refer you to a colleague.
I will work with you either in short or long term psychotherapy, depending on your need. The therapy I offer will involve us developing a safe exploratory relationship which has clear boundaries in which we can begin to make sense of how your past and present experiences are contributing to your symptoms and / or difficulties. While I will bring to our relationship my experience and skills, the emphasis is on us working together to develop a deeper understanding of yourself. This process can not only lead to symptom relief, but your increased self awareness may also result in changes to your life including increased capacity to have more fulfilling relationships and sex life, a better ability to understand yourself and others and more freedom and confidence to face challenges life poses.
Due to the complexity of human beings, change is not guaranteed, however most people who come to therapy report significant positive changes to their lives. The latest research including recent studies in neuroscience have demonstrated its efficacy. Further, studies have shown that people continue to make significant improvements and continue growing long after the therapy has ended. This suggests that Psychoanalytic/psychodynamic psychotherapy sets in motion psychological processes that lead to ongoing change.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist registered with the UKCP and a Council Member of the Canterbury Consortium of Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapists.
Prior to qualifying as a psychotherapist, I worked as a clinical social worker providing individual, family and group therapy, in a variety of settings including business and community based organisations. The people I worked with came with relationship problems, work related problems, depression, anxiety or had experienced trauma because of domestic violence, abuse, living in a violent society.
After qualifying as a psychotherapist, I worked for NHS in secondary mental health community team, where I provided long-term psychotherapy as well as in primary care where I saw people for short term psychotherapy. I worked with people who presented with a number of issues including, depression and anxiety, relationship problems, personality disorders, loss and work related problems. I have subsequently worked in a number of schools in London, providing managers, teachers and other professional staff, working with very challenging children, with group and individual supervision (a reflective space to think more deeply about their work) as well short-term therapy.
I also work in other organisations, such as Independent fostering agencies, providing supervision and short-term psychotherapy.
In 2007, Jay Brown, a colleague, and I set up the Yew Tree Psychotherapy Practice in Canterbury where we see individuals and couples for both long and short-term psychotherapy. We also provide supervision for counsellors and other professional people such as social workers and teachers.
- M.Clin.Sc. (Psychotherapy)
- M. Soc. Sc. (Clinical Social Work)
- B.Soc.Sc.(Hons) (Social Work)
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My normal fee is between £40 - £50 a session, which depends on the financial position of each individual. I will also consider charging a lower fee where someone cannot afford the full fee.
Weekdays and evenings
I am a member of the following professional organisations:
- Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis.
- The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.