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 those experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, self-esteem and eating disorders; those struggling to cope with pressures of work, ill-health, relationships and study; those wanting to makes changes in their lives or those simply wanting to understand themselves better and make sense of their emotions and inner conflicts.
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.
I am currently offering Skype and Facetime sessions in addition to telephone sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at WPF (Westminster Pastoral Foundation) and am a member of the FPC, BACP 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.
In practice this means working with the therapist to identify relationship patterns and thought 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 and other stressors or situations.
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.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £50 to £80 per session, depending on circumstances. The initial assessment is a standard £60.