Lee Bernard PGDip Psychodynamic Theory & Practice, Registered Member MBACP, FPC
I trained with WPF Therapy, a London institution with a reputation for clinical and academic excellence. I hold a post graduate diploma in psychotherapy theory and practice from the University of Roehampton.
My own experience of therapy as a young teen was positively life changing. It did much more than sort out my muddled and confused mind it also brought about an inner self awareness and self confidence that was empowering. It also provided me with a capacity for ongoing self-analysis. Witnessing a family member suffer with mental health issues left me feeling quite helpless; it was a difficult and distressing time. These personal experiences are in part what inspired me to embark on a career in this profession.
As a psychodynamic therapist my approach acknowledges that there is more to ourselves than our conscious awareness. Our thinking, feelings, behaviours and actions are informed by our lifetime of experiences which are held within our unconscious mind. Unwittingly we develop defence mechanisms to keep these experiences from entering our conscious awareness particularly painful events and memories. These defences use up much energy protecting us and preventing us from confronting them; so much so they can exhaust us and wear us down. What's more they impact our attitudes and how we think, feel, behave and act which we sometimes not altogether understand. This can leave us with more unwanted feelings. My therapeutic approach helps to understand and make sense of what is not understood and brings about understanding and inner contentment.
It does take courage to recognise that help is needed and even more courage to make the first step and book an appointment with someone. I offer an exploratory consultation which will last 90 minutes. I will invite you to talk about what brings you to therapy. It is understood that the nature of what you have to talk about might be difficult or uncomfortable to discuss. The consultation will enable me to consider how your difficulties are affecting you and discuss what therapy is best suited to your needs. The session will conclude with a recommendation of how best to proceed. It is important to point out that I provide a non-judgmental service and work in the strictest of confidence.
A private, safe and non-judgemental space is provided for you to explore your most inner thoughts, feelings and difficulties, which will support you to understand yourself better and move forward. Sessions take place at the same time and place each week and last 50 minutes. Short term therapy - is a way of working where goals will be predetermined with a set programme duration and known endpoint to the work. This type of intervention can be helpful in addressing symptoms associated with an event: a bereavement, redundancy, a case of bullying and harassment, poor work performance, a traumatic incident or a relationship difficulty. Open-ended therapy - the scope of this work is less defined and allows for themes to emerge and to be worked though at a comfortable pace. This work does not have a predetermined end point and instead is discussed at a time that feels right to do so.
Where I Practice:
I am in private practice in Farringdon (Islington) and London Bridge (Southwark).
The Next Steps:
If you would like to further explore the possibility of working with me then please do make contact with me; call 07947 563305 or email email@example.com
Alternatively if you require further information then please do visit my website.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma - Psychodynamic Theory and Practice (University of Roehampton/WPF Therapy)
Registered Member of BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Member of FPC - Foundation Psychotherapy and Counselling
Member of the PSA - Professional Standards Authority
I have experience of working with a range of psychological issues including: Stress, General Anxiety Disorder, Clinical Depression, Bordeline Personality Disorders, Eating Disorders, Anger and Frustration, Problems with Sex, Bipolar Disorder, ADD, ADHD, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/M.E etc.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Weekly Sessions: £50 - £75.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Tuesday's 2pm - 8pm. I am also available for phone sessions on Monday and Thursday evenings.
Types of client