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About me

I am a Counselling Psychologist with years of experience across different settings, such as primary and secondary care NHS services and community-based charities. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

I believe that our ways of operating in everyday life are driven by unconscious processes, which, by definition, we are not aware of. I think that becoming aware of these processes can help us take up a more active role in our lives where we are living with our emotions rather than our emotions living with us.

I consider myself a relational psychodynamic practitioner, which, to me, means that I believe our difficulties tend to be rooted in our early relationships and experiences. I believe that our early relationships form the structure based on which we experience and take part in our relationships in adulthood. Early relationships can be impacted by abuse, such as physical violence, sexual abuse, verbal aggression and neglect. However, early relationships can also be impacted by processes that are much more subtle and nuanced. When our needs, as children, are not met appropriately, we can develop ways of adapting that are unhelpful and even harmful and we might carry these into adulthood. We might find ourselves having dissatisfying friendships or finding ourselves frequently disappointed in our romantic relationships. By understanding more about these patterns and how we have come to develop these, we can reshape them, act more intentionally and form relationships that feel nourishing.

It seems to be a common misconception that one has to have an 'issue' to start therapy but sometimes the issue is that there is no issue and we are not quite sure what is going on. We may feel stuck, hopeless or unsure and therapy can be a tool to shed some light. Importantly, therapy can be a mutual process of creating awareness and change. We will agree on the length of the therapy together; this may be short- to mid-term with a particular focus or long-term to open-ended with a wider angle and more scope to explore the things that emerge.

Training, qualifications & experience

In my doctoral training, I trained in person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural therapy. The training was delivered with a pluralistic, relational focus. As such, it emphasised the usefulness of different types of therapy and highlights the therapeutic relationship as an important factor in therapeutic work. This has formed my way of working in that I integrate ideas from different modalities, whilst fundamentally practicing from a relational psychodynamic standpoint. This also highlights the importance of finding the right therapist with whom you can form a therapeutic relationship. I therefore offer a free of charge initial consultation (15-20 minutes) that allows for a first exploration of the potential of forming this relationship.

I have experience across a wide range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, abuse, particularly domestic violence, and a wide range of different traumatic experiences. I also have experience of working with those affected directly or indirectly by chronic physical health issues. I have a particular interest in physical health and how psychological processes are connected and intertwined with our physical body. I am also very interested in creative processes and particularly music and writing and offer sessions supporting this particular process.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Psychology, PsychD in Counselling Psychology, University of Roehampton
  • Psychotherapy & Counselling Certificate, Regent's University
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Heriot-Watt University

Professional registration/memberships

  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a particular interest in physical health, physical health issues and the interaction between physical and psychological processes.

I am also particularly interested in working with creative people and processes, particularly writing and music along with other forms of artistic creation. In my doctoral research, I explored musicians' experiences of listening to music and analysed these based on what they can teach therapists about listening. I was able to learn more about not only listening but also creative processes and how these emerge. If you would like to know more or are interested in working with me to think more about a creative block or explore your creative process, please contact me to discuss further.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Integrative
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic

Fees

Additional information

I offer an initial phone or video call (15-20 minutes) free of charge where we can discuss your needs and what you are hoping to get from therapy. You can ask me questions and get a sense of how I work and we can decide whether we want to go ahead and set up an initial meeting. 

Individual sessions: £120
Couples: £150

I have a limited number of concessionary places available for students and those with low-income.

Further information

I see clients on a weekly basis and sessions last 50 minutes.

London
W1W

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Couples
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Dr Julie Ziesmann

Dr Julie Ziesmann