Maria King, UKCP Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
I set up my practice to provide psychotherapy for young people and adults who feel they need help navigating their mental challenges - empowering them to gain a better understanding of themselves and their lives.
Understanding is at the heart of what I do. How you feel from day-to-day, your mental state, the pattern of your behaviour, your actions and the decisions you take are all connected to your past experiences going back to your childhood. They determine the person you are today.
The type of therapy I use is psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis. It provides you with a regular time to think and reflect and talk about the feelings you have about yourself and other people close to you. In psychotherapy, there is no fast and easy solution. A longer commitment is required as all real change needs to happen on a deeper level and that takes time and commitment. My aim is to help you make connections between the past and the present. This can help you see how some of the things that you feel, do and say are not driven by your conscious thoughts and feelings, rather by unconscious feelings. If you are able to gain a better understanding of these connections, you'll gain more control over them.
Who I work with
I work with a wide range of people who may be dealing with a variety of issues. You may be looking for help with a specific issue like bereavement, relationship issues or depression or you may be finding it difficult to cope with high levels of anxiety. You may be tired of the same patterns in your life and relationships coming up time and again and feel that you now need to seek professional help with these issues. I don't specialise in working with addiction and tend to recommend group therapy and specialised treatment centres for this.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained with The Arbours Training Programme in London as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. The training was completed over a 7-year period and consisted of working within The Arbours Therapeutic Communities and The Arbours Crisis Centre.
During the training and in my private practice I have worked with patients suffering from anxiety, trauma, depression, relationships difficulties, bereavement, eating disorders, self-harm and bi-polar disorder.
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Session fee £50. Some concessions available.
I don't specialise in addictions and tend to recommend group therapy and specialist centres for this.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Spanish and French - semi fluent|
I am mainly based in Cranbrook during the day and on Thursday evenings I work from Tunbridge Wells. I work in North London one day per week.
Types of client