Luiz Motta-Teixeira

Luiz Motta-Teixeira

About me

Psychotherapy is a very individual experience of personal growth.  It may be prompted by current or past difficulties - which may be calling for a re-assessment, but ultimately, improving our capacity to weather storms is what is aimed for.  It may be needed for support at times, or professional help in 'processing' troubling experiences, feelings, etc. and in exploring and enhancing self-understanding, but it is important to always bear in mind the need to develop your capacity to make independent choices as the work progresses.

'Symptoms' often indicate the need to understand their root cause so as best to address the necessary changes. 'Painkillers' may sometimes be necessary but are often not enough. The Human Psyche is complex and relies on a dynamic interplay between itself, the body, and the experience of external reality.  There is always a powerful interplay of internal forces too, often in (at least some degree of) conflict with each other.  We adjust to both external and internal demands by making unconscious compromises (defences) - these can be healthy enough or tip over into jeopardising our further development and we become stuck in 'patterns' which impede a healthier and freer engagement with life and a more satisfactory approach to relationships.

Psychotherapy does not prescribe 'cures' or hand out advice.  A professionally facilitated process helps the individual to explore and reach their own conclusions and make their own decisions. Feeling increasingly aware of oneself, we extend our 'range' to engage with a richer spectrum of experiences, both within ourselves and in the world out there.  This is best accomplished through a careful observation of your unconscious patterns as they manifest in your relationship to yourself, to others, and to your therapist.  Psychotherapy is a process of 'experiential' learning (at many levels simultaneously) and of broadening and deepening of your capacity to make choices over responses to life events and circumstances (attachments, changes, losses, and new directions).

I have been in practice for 15 years and have had the honour and pleasure of successfully helping a range of individuals from a very diverse range of backgrounds in many different circumstances.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Complex Cases - Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust
  • MSc in Psychoanalytic Studies - University College, London
  • CPCAB (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
  • Birkbeck Certificate/Diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychology
  • Courses: Freudian Foundations, Major Schools (Classic, Kleinian, Object Relations, Bion,
  • Independent, Winnicott, Bowlby, Attachment Theory, Lacanian and French School, American Ego
  • Psychology and Relational, etc.), Sex & Sexuality, Bereavement & Mourning, Trauma, Addiction,
  • Contemporary Practice and Technique & Therapeutic Action, Philosophy and Applications (art, culture, society, etc.), Safeguarding, Mental Capacity Act, Clinical Governance, etc.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Relationship with own sexuality and sexual preferences, Creativity, Transitions, losses and change.


Standard rates: £80.  Sliding scale negotiable during non-peak hours.

Further information

I only offer individual psychotherapy and only work with adults.  Most of the work I do is in English, but I am also able to offer psychotherapy in French, Portuguese and Spanish if clients feel more comfortable communicating in these languages.

Maps & Directions

London, EC1R

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


50-minute appointments available on weekdays afternoons or evenings.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults