Lucy Solymar MA UKCP Registered Member
I work with people from adolescent to elderly addressing life's problems, confusions and uncertainties. Most clients come to me when they feel painfully stuck in some way, can't figure out a way forward and yet want the most out of life. All kinds of problems bring people to therapy - a vague sense of things being wrong but not understanding why; unhappiness in a marriage and not knowing what to do; wanting to move forward in life but inexplicably not being able to; retiring and no longer being quite sure what is next; old age and taking stock of what has been and talking about the uncertainties and fears of death; being mired in a career that one no longer likes; fighting with colleagues; struggling with being a parent and feeling that it would be possible to do better.
Of course, these situations are challenging and often accompanied by feeling depressed, anxious, confused and often lonely. I work in a practical, philosophical and connected way. I'm there to support my clients and help them look at their problems from many perspectives - self-relationship, ways of relating to others, role in the family, culture, the way language is used. As clients gain more understanding, shifts happen, change occurs and new possibilities develop.
Reaching out for help when struggling can be hard and feel futile. Therapy ultimately is a conversation that helps clients engage and deal with what is ailing them. It is heartfelt, supportive, challenging, sometimes sad and sometimes involves plenty of laughter. Most importantly, it is effective and clients are generally glad that they sought help.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Master's Degree in Psychotherapy and Counselling (University of Wales, distinction) and an Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy. As an undergraduate I studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. I have many years of experience with Systems Centred Therapy training groups. I have worked with MIND in Camden as a Counsellor for 7 years and with the Working Men's College in Camden for 2 years. I now work in private practice in Petersfield, Hampshire.
I provide therapy on a short-term and a long-term basis depending on a client's needs. For those who are new to therapy I usually recommend 12 sessions as a good starting point.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is generally £70 to £90 per session.
I work with a limited number of clients on a low cost or pro bono basis as I am committed to making therapy available to those who seek it.
I do not charge for the first session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday to Friday 11am to 6pm.
Types of client