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About me

My approach is psychoanalytic, with an emphasis on the meaningful relationship between the patient and the analyst, who curiously engage with the painful problem, symptom, or difficult behaviour. Both client and therapist work together to make valuable improvements to the client’s emotional world, within a stable, consistent setting.

I am the senior psychotherapist at the Portland Practice, a psychotherapy practice in Harley Street, Central London. At the Portland Practice we offer psychotherapy tailored to the individual and private needs of every patient. We spend time carefully considering the most appropriate course of therapy, providing a therapeutic response to avoid conflicting with either work or private concerns.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been involved in mental health work as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist for over 30 years and I am an accredited member of UKCP. I have worked extensively in the NHS, developing a new model of therapy for treatment of psychotics within the Health Service, and I have worked with various charities, specialising in depression, anger, anxiety, addiction, relationship issues and bereavement.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Additional information

£100 per session.

Concessions are available for low-income earners and students.

When I work

Monday-Sunday: 08.00 - 20.00

10 Harley Street, London, W1G 9PF

15 Park Crescent Mews East, London, W1W 5AG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults