167 Green End Road
20 Mercers Row
Why Psychotherapy or Psychoanalysis?
People come to therapy for many reasons and from all walks of life. Whatever it is that is on your mind, you may find that speaking about your difficulties to someone who is able to listen carefully to what you say can affect you in unexpected ways.
Psychoanalysis offers this unique opportunity to think about the way you experience the world alongside someone else, and to explore not only the things that cause you to suffer but also those that bring you pleasure. Psychoanalysis can offer you the time to examine and explore things, without pressure, and with time to create trust and understanding.
The aim is not to be in analysis for ever but rather to use the treatment to lead a more fulfilled and enjoyable life.
What is the difference between psychoanalysis and other talking therapies?
With a wide variety of talking therapies available, it’s not always easy to know what the differences are between them. In practice, the distinction between counselling, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis is not always as clear cut as it seems and varies depending on the practitioner.
Broadly speaking, while short-term approaches such as CBT and some forms of counselling focus on resolving your immediate problem, psychoanalysts believe that your symptoms can be a manifestation of a deeper malaise and that even if they are “cured” the problem is likely to return in a different guise. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy looks at your life in more detail to think about what might be underlying your suffering. This can involve talking about your history and early family relationships, and considering how the wider social environment has had an impact on who you are. It can help you think about how you want to be for yourself.
I work with individuals presenting with a range of difficulties for which support is sought. These have included (but are not restricted to):
depression; loss and bereavement; gender issues; sexuality; work problems; stress; domestic and sexual abuse; self-harm; relationships.
Some people come with the aspects they want to explore clear in their mind; others because they feel lost or confused; some because they feel a disappointment with their lives.
I offer a safe space in which you can begin to explore and understand the motivations and meanings behind your feelings, and your responses to different situations. It is for you to guide the pace of the work. I don't use complex jargon or obscure terms but will try to help you use your own language to understand your experiences.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and have been practicing as a therapist for ten years. My clinical work in the NHS, school environments and charity organisations has brought me into contact with adults, older people, young adults and children.
Experience in these settings has included working alongside patients who feel overwhelmed by losses, feel disconnected from the world around them, live in a state of heightened anxiety, struggle with bereavement, belonging and relationships.
I draw on a range of different psychoanalytic and philosophical stances, and have experience of working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
I would like to make psychotherapy as affordable and accessible to as broad a range of people as possible and try to keep fees in line with this. I charge £30-£45 for a 50-minute session. I reserve a limited number of spaces for clients on low incomes or benefits.
I would be pleased to talk with or meet you if you are considering psychotherapy and to answer any questions or concerns you might have.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and some evening sessions available.
Types of client