Katharine (Katy) Lifely - Psychotherapist

Katharine (Katy) Lifely - Psychotherapist

St. Albans

89 Fleet Street

07914 394814

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About me

I am a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. I work with adults of all ages from diverse backgrounds who are experiencing a variety of issues. I know that to explore difficult feelings and worries it is important to have a safe and secure place to allow thoughts and feelings to arise in their own time, and in a non-judgmental and confidential relationship. This is what I offer. Sometimes your concerns can benefit from a short-term approach, but difficulties which are rooted in past experiences or childhood may take more time to be made sense of.

People who come to see me have experienced a range of issues in life, which may be helped by exploring feelings and thoughts. These include relationship difficulties (both heterosexual and LGBT+) either with a partner or others, anxiety and panicky feelings, depression or low mood swings, post-natal depression, experiencing difficulties as a parent, mid-life transitions, redundancy, retirement, feeling cut-off and isolated, low self-confidence and self-esteem, bullying and victimisation, stress, shock and trauma, difficulty communicating feelings and emotions, suicidal feelings, addiction, abuse, self-harm and eating disorders, and unexplained health symptoms.

I offer both short term counselling and long term psychotherapy.

I trained one of the leading psychodynamic and psychoanalytic training institutions in the UK. My training included six years' clinical experience providing long and short-term therapy. I have extensive experience as a psychotherapist, working in the voluntary sector, in private practice, in a secondary school and in the NHS (in a psychotherapy unit and for GPs).

Getting started. To make an initial appointment, you can telephone me on 07914394814. At this initial appointment, we can discuss how it is I might help you and whether you might like to go forward with therapy.

If you would like to call me to discuss things further please call me. If you are unable to get through please leave me a message I will call you back.

I offer a limited number of places for those who are unable to afford the full fee.

Low Fee Space

As from January 2019 I will have a low fee space available through the C.G.Jung Clinic for someone wishing to attend four times weekly analysis. Please contact me for further details.

I am registered with the following private health providers:


Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy - Anna Freud Centre

Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice - WPF Therapy( a leading clinic and institute in london) accredited by the University of Roehampton

Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling - WPF Therapy

My professional clinical affiliations are with The British Psychoanalytic Council,

The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and The Foundation For Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Ex-boarders
  • New Parents
  • Decisions about becoming a parent
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • Boarding school survivors
  • Thinking about retirement
  • Parenting difficulties


St Albans £55 a session

London £65 a session

I offer a limited number of places for those who are unable to afford the full fee.

Maps & Directions

St. Albans, AL1
London, EC4Y 1DH

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


I offer day and evening appointments

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme