One must do it for oneself; but one cannot do it by oneself.
Psychotherapies move in and out of fashion as their claims and practises come in for reassessment and challenge. Psychoanalysis, the grandfather of all "talking cures", is no exception but it does seem as if, once again, it is having its moment as new studies and research offer evidence that it can provide for a change that endures. And it does so without providing the assurances of the quick-fix or the painless option but through a close and attentive listening and analysis of the nuances of your ties to others, the crucial relationships that might form (or undo) us.
Psychoanalysis works through establishing an open, questioning conversation between the therapist and the client. In that dialogue you are invited to speak about yourself and your difficulties, at your own pace and in your own way. Psychoanalysis addresses the client and their situation in their particularity and absolute uniqueness and places emphasis on close and detailed listening to your own speech and language as the access to that particularity. It is not the therapist's job to offer glib solutions nor to impose their view of things, but through the back and forth of conversational exchange to facilitate a new thinking about your behaviours and motivations; a knowledge that enables you to make free choices in your life about how you want to be for yourself.
I work with individuals & couples presenting with a range of difficulties which they find they need support to deal with. These issues have included (but are not restricted to):
addictions; depression; bipolar disorder; obsessions/compulsions; gender issues; sexuality; compulsive sexual behaviour; difficulties with intimacy; work problems; stress; recovery from abuse; self-harm; personality disorder; relationships.
Some people come with the issues they want to explore clear in their mind; others because they feel lost or confused; some because they feel a disappointment with their lives or because they may be having difficulties developing or maintaining sustaining friendships or relationships.
I offer an environment in which a client can begin to understand the motivations and meanings behind their behaviour. The client dictates the pace of the work, how quickly and how deeply we go. I don't use complex jargon or obscure psychological terms but I work to help the client use their own language to understand their own experience. I am happy to do long-term work or to do short-term work focusing on specific issues.
I work in a way that does not pathologise sexuality or transgender.
I have substantial experience of working analytically with psychosis and bi-polar disorders.
I work regularly with people with some learning difficulties, including autism spectrum disorders.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a psychoanalyst with The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (www.the-site.org.uk), where I served on the governing council and am a member of their training committee, and teach on their London and Cornwall psychotherapy training. I am registered with the Council for Psychoanalysis & Jungian Analysis college of the UKCP and chair their Training Standards Committee and sit on the Executive Committee.
I frame the plurality of psychoanalytic voices by reading psychoanalysis alongside and as part of, the tradition of European philosophy incorporating ideas from existentialism and phenomenology as well as the contemporary critique of psychoanalysis from within that tradition.
I have experience of working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds and have published work exploring the impact of race and class on psychotherapy.
In addition to my work in private practice, I have managed a counselling service for a community mental health charity and currently run clinical supervision groups for a variety of agencies include the Psychosis Therapy Project.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a strong interest in, and experience of, working with writers and artists to explore their creativity.
I regularly offer therapy to counselling/psychotherapy trainees on a variety of psychodynamic, integrative and existential training at institutions including Terapia, Minster Centre, Birkbeck, Regents & Roehampton Universities.
In my work with people in recovery from addiction, I am happy to work with with people continuing with other forms of support, including 12-step programmes.
I believe psychotherapy should be as affordable and accessible to a broad a range of people as possible and so try to keep my fees as low as I can. I charge £45 for a 50-minute session, £60 for a couple.I reserve a limited number of spaces for clients on low incomes, benefits or in education/training. In these cases, we can negotiate fees based on individual circumstances. Please get in touch to check current availability.
I am always delighted to chat or meet with people considering beginning therapy and to answer any questions or concerns they might have. To arrange a meeting why not e-mail me? Or phone and leave a message; I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
An initial consultation to meet and discuss working together is free.
I offer both open-ended psychoanalytic therapy and time-limited therapy where we have the option on focusing on particular goals or objectives. I am always happy to discuss the pros and cons of each at our first meeting to help you make your decision.