Maria Lee

Maria Lee


07824 382129

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07824 382129

About me

I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist offering individual weekly therapy.

I offer a safe and confidential space for those looking for both long and short-term therapy.

I work with clients with a variety of concerns and difficulties. This includes patients suffering with anxiety, depression, OCD, self-esteem and eating disorders; those struggling to cope with pressures of work, relationships and study; those wanting to makes changes in their lives or those simply wanting to understand and make sense of their inner world.

The relationship with your therapist is central to psychotherapy and it is important to find the right person to work with. Developing trust and understanding with your therapist will enable you to safely explore your inner world and work through bringing this to consciousness. To start this process we would meet for an initial assessment session, lasting up to an hour and a half. Once we have agreed that we could work together, we will arrange a time and day and meet for 50 minutes each week. This will be an open-ended arrangement or for a specified time eg 3 to 6 months.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at WPF (Westminster Pastoral Foundation) and am a member of the FPC and UKCP. The training at WPF is based on psychoanalytic theories.

In addition I have more than 20 years experience as a mental health professional in the NHS working with patients with a range of mental health conditions.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is based on the principles of psychoanalysis. This is the belief that early relationships and experiences have an influence on the development of personality and emotional development. Working psychoanalytically entails exploring unconscious processes and patterns in relationships and the development of defences. Defences are formed early and can be useful in managing experiences but in later life can become problematic in themselves. Identifying defences which are no longer useful is also another function of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

In practice this means working with the therapist to identify relationship patterns and thought processes, bringing to light the unconscious and underlying processes. Often it is useful to explore early experiences and patterns within the family and to explore current difficulties with forming or maintaining relationships, managing work and study.

Psychotherapy can be useful in the treatment of anxiety, depression and other disorders such as eating disorders. Psychotherapy can bring about long term change both in depression and anxiety but also in the areas of self-esteem, understanding the self and in developing new patterns and in learning to cope with everyday stresses.

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I charge £50 to £80 per session, depending on circumstances. The initial assessment is a standard £60.

Maps & Directions

Hackney, E8

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified



Types of client

Older adults