I am an experienced and very approachable Psychotherapist working 5 days a week from a consulting room in a quiet private road 5 mins from either Notting hill Gate or Holland Park tube.My website is psychotherapynow.co.uk . Nowdays I work privately with individual and couples.For many years I worked for charities and local government designing and running therapeutic counselling services for children and young people at risk.Whether it is loss, an addiction, anger and frustration or depression,talking to a counsellor or psychotherapist in a non-judgemental atmosphere is a valuable way to begin to gain some perspective and begin to think about your choices. I specialise is sexual issues,and I see lots of clients with gender/ transgender concerns.
I have also provided clinical supervision for counselling agencies such as KCA and Equinoxcare for frontline therapeutic services working with drugs and alcohol in the community. I have also been Individual Supervisor for a number of individuals on training courses, ranging from humanistic through psychodynamic perspectives to psychoanalytic clinical supervision.
I am currently on the Training Committee of the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis which means that I oversee clinical training and tutor up to 20 training Psychoanalysts. I have a particular interest in therapy with high level sports people and in ways of bringing clinical insight to bear upon sporting performance. I also work sometimes as a consultant to business,particularly to individuals in highly stressful situations.
I work regularly with couples and have considerable experience in helping people work their way out of the kind of repetitive patterns couples often find themselves in.In my experience couples therapy can be highly transformative and can open the way to better relationship possibilities in quite brief periods of therapy. I often see people in crisis situations and I am good at finding a way through the swamplands to a better place when previously all might have seemed impossible.I work well in deep water with complex issues.The darkest hour is often just before dawn,I believe that people are capable of all manner of personal transformations if they want it enough and they are prepared to work hard enough to achieve it.Everything is available to everyone as RD Laing once said.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Social Studies [CQSW] 1991 South Bank University
Alcohol Counsellor Accreditation with alcohol Concern via ACAPS 1992
BACP reg.Psychodynamic Counselling Diploma through Albant Trust Counselling
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Registration UKCP through The Site 2000
2009 Masters diploma in Mental Fitness for High Performance in Sport through Ashridge Business School
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Excessive sexual behaviour
divorce and custody counselling
gender and transgender issues
self destructive behaviour
problems with conception
teenagers and drugs
£80-£150 depending on individual circumstances and availability
I have a particular interest in working with addictions, intoxication, excessive appetites.Often when underlying issues are explored and worked with all sorts of things can change , ie a problem at one stage of ones life might not be at all an issue further down the road.I have a particular interest in sexual addiction and relationship work, especially with couples, many of whom get very stuck in repeating cycles of behaviour that can be particularly limiting and prevents them from having a good time. I am very interested in psychoanalytic responses to addictive behaviour, in alternatives to 12 step programmes.
A couple of quotes:
"A psychoanalysis, consists in speaking freely, in not hushing the ideas that go through your head, like we’re doing right now. Little by little, from within your own words, another meaning forms and surprises you, then falls apart, taking the pain with it. Usually, you discover just how conditioned you had been by apparently minute elements encountered in hazardous circumstances: things from childhood, meetings, certain words said to you, and we keep coming back to them until the malevolent charge of these elements softens. Each case is different.” (Jacques-Alain Miller, ‘Response to the Anti-Freudians’, Le Point, 22.09.05.)
Michel Foucault said " I dream of the intellectual destroyer of evidence and universalities, the one who in the inertias and constraints of the present, locates and marks the weak points,the openings, the lines of force, who incessantly displaces himself,doesnt know exactly where he is heading nor what he will think tomorrow because he is too attentive to the present......"