Leezah Hertzmann, MA., Reg. BPC and UKCP,
I am both an individual and couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist practicing for over twenty years. I have also undertaken training in family therapy. I work with young adults to older people in later life.
I offer consultations (assessment), and short and long term therapeutic work. This may be once weekly or less frequently. Where indicated, I work with people more intensively than weekly sessions, over some months or sometimes years. The understanding of the difficulties, and choice of therapeutic approach are discussed beforehand with each person or couple, and reviewed periodically together.
The way I work as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist is to try to help people to become less troubled and burdened by their difficulties, and feel better equipped to deal with the ups and downs that inevitably occur in life. The therapy involves examining how past experiences might shape and influence our thinking, both in relation to how we think about ourselves and also in regard to our present relationships with others –both at home and at work. However, a key part of the therapy involves dealing with matters in the here and now which may be causing distress. It is not only about looking at the past, but simultaneously considering how to shape the present and ultimately the future in more constructive ways.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Individual psychoanalytic psychotherapist registered with UKCP. I am a member of the Federation for Independent Psychotherapists.
- Couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist trained at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council.
- Accredited practitioner of Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC MBT Accredited Practitioners)
Examples of recent positions and experience:
Senior individual and couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist, Head of Parenting Together Programmes
The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, London (2007 - )
Head of Therapy Services, St Joseph's School, Ealing (2003 - 2007)
Consultant Mental Health Advisor, Department for Education and Skills (2001 - 2003)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a particular interest and experience of working in the following areas:
- Older couples in later life
- Therapy for individuals considering joining religious orders
- Mentalization based intervention for relationship difficulties, both for individuals and couples
- Issues of sexual orientation, coming out, same gender relationships
Individual £80-100 per session
Couples £100-130 per session
Initially, it is a good idea to meet two or three times to get a sense of the issues which have brought you to consider therapy. It also gives you a chance to find out about therapy and see whether it seems like this might be the right way forward. Once we have met a couple of times, and have begun to understand the nature of your difficulties, then together we can discuss both the choice of therapeutic approach and also the frequency of the therapy. If it looks like I may not be the right person to help you, then we can see whether a referral on to someone else or another service might be indicated, so that you can access the best kind of help for your situation.
For Specific Problems
For help with problematic relationships which can become stormy, including post separation co-parenting difficulties, or problems of depression, anxiety and work related stress, I offer short-term therapy using a Mentalization based approach .
I welcome enquiries, and you can make an appointment to meet with me if you would like to know more about therapy. It may be that you wish to find out more but may not want or be ready to make a further commitment beyond an initial consultation.
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Supervision & training
Supervision, training and consultation .View supervision profile