Maryam Ghasemi - Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Psychotherapist - BPC, TSP Reg.
I offer psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy in English, Persian, Swedish and Azeri. I have treated people who presented a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, trauma, bereavement, sexual abuse, eating problems, self-harm and auditory and visual hallucinations.
There are times in all our lives when we feel overwhelmed with emotions and unable to cope with challenging life situations. This could be due to some unexpected events such as a loss, separation, illness or work-related problems, or some disturbing feelings such as anxiety, fear, anger or sadness. In these times, psychodynamic/analytic therapy could be one possible route to pursue a change. It is an invitation to speak, to reflect and to develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and the causes of our suffering.
Its effectiveness lies in the fact that it does not have a ready-made remedy and does not offer a “one-size-fits-all” treatment. Everyone has their own unique life stories and experiences and there is not a ‘normal’ way of being and behaving. Our work will be a ‘truth-seeking’ process aiming at dealing with problems at their root, in a safe and non-judgemental environment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I studied psychoanalysis at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and The Institute of Psychoanalysis. I have worked in mental health institutions, including Maudsley Hospital, Springfield University Hospital, Newham Talking Therapies and a number of charity organisations as a psychoanalytic/psychodynamic psychotherapist and supervisor.
I also have a background in sociology and social research and previous to this I had a career in research.
I am a member of Tavistock Society of Psychotherapist and I abide by the British Psychoanalytic Council Code of Ethics.
How long and how frequently?
The duration of therapy is different for each person depending on what your particular situation and expectations are. Although some people feel a difference after only a few sessions, analytic and dynamic psychotherapy takes time. This is because its focus is not on the quick elimination of the symptoms, but on providing a safe space where you can reflect on and talk about your past, relationships, internal conflicts, everyday events that trouble you or matter to you, and your wishes, fantasies, dreams and desires. Through this process you will be able to come up with your own unique and effective solutions.
On the other hand, long-term work may sometimes be unsuited to the specific needs and circumstances. Hence, the treatment can be arranged on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period.
The frequency of the sessions will depend upon your particular circumstances and desire and can vary between 1 and 5 a week.
Where to start?
If you would like to meet and talk about the possibility of working together, you can email me to set up an initial consultation.
When one is going through a life crisis or reaches a point where every day is a challenge, one is in her/his most fragile state. It is therefore vital to choose a therapist who is right for you, in order for the therapy to be helpful. It is also very important to feel safe in the relationship in order to allow yourself to speak freely about thoughts and experiences which have brought you to therapy. Our initial meeting will be an opportunity to talk about these issues, your decision to start psychotherapy and any questions you might have. If you feel that the treatment I offer is not what you are looking for, I would be happy to suggest alternatives or refer you to a colleague.
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.
British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My standard fee is £70 per session. I also offer a limited number of reduced-fee spaces for those otherwise unable to afford treatment.
Please note that given the situation brought about by COVID-19, I currently offer online and telephone appointments.