I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist based in Cambridge. I offer medium to long term work but am also available for short term therapy.
I work with people experiencing depression and anxiety, broken or difficult relationships, bereavement, loss, feelings of not belonging, gender issues, work problems, stress and abuse.
People come to see a therapist for many reasons and from all cultural and social origins. Some through a point of crisis; others through a sense of deep dissatisfaction, lack of direction or feeling of not belonging. If you are struggling with a difficulty you are unable to resolve or are suffering with anxiety you may find that speaking to someone who is trained to listen carefully to what you say can affect you in unexpected ways. Psychotherapy can help you think about how you want to be for yourself.
Sessions take place once a week. Some people choose to attend more frequently than this.
While short-term approaches focus on resolving your immediate concern, psychoanalysts believe that your symptoms can be a manifestation of a deeper disquiet and that even if they are “cured” they are likely to return, often in a different fashion.
Psychoanalysis requires more ongoing commitment than other talking therapies, offering you time to look at your life in more detail and to begin to trace the influences that make you how you are today. It is an exploration based on trust, through which strongly held beliefs and previously unexpressed wishes might be approached and better understood.
The aim is not to be in psychotherapy or analysis for ever but to use the treatment to develop a deeper self-understanding with space for freedom and fulfillment.
Psychoanalysis requires at least twice weekly sessions.
How the sessions work
When you make contact we will arrange an initial meeting. Here you can experience whether you might feel comfortable talking about your thoughts and feelings.
If you decide to go ahead we will schedule regular 50 minute sessions which will be at the same agreed time each week.
"Where Do I Start?" Some people come with the aspects they want to explore clear in their mind, others because they feel lost or confused. We will meet in a comfortable, confidential setting in which you can begin to explore and understand your feelings and your responses to different situations. We will work together at your pace and with your words.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), I have worked psychotherapeutically in the NHS for many years within multidisciplinary teams which address the physical, social and emotional needs of patients. I have also worked in special and mainstream education and in the charity sector, including Mind, as well as other third sector multi-agency organisations.
Within these environments I have seen adult clients, older people, young adults and children from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. People from these settings have often expressed overwhelming feelings of depression, loss, disconnection from the world around them, heightened anxiety or a struggle with belonging.
I am in ongoing training with The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in London. This is a postgraduate training organisation and member of the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Psychoanalysis College (CPJA) of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are £35 - £50 per session. Initial sessions last 60 minutes and cost £40.
I charge for sessions which are missed by you as this is time I have put aside for you.
If I am able to re-arrange your session, given three workings days' notice, I will do so.