I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and counsellor specialising in anxiety, depression and a loss of purpose and meaning, helping people to make changes. Though I'll start by asking you about your symptoms, we will also think about the deeper issues which may have caused them: we could think of this as a journey from management to change. Often people decide to come once or twice a week; with serious issues it may be more often. I often find a first meeting is the most helpful way of you talking through your problems and together we will decide what you might need and what way of working might suit you best.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, I have been seeing more clients online or over the phone: I am experienced in working in this way and I've found people take to very naturally, though it can take a bit of getting used to and some ground rules at the beginning help a lot. Going forward I expect some people will find this way of working allows them to combine therapy with a busy work or travel schedule. I know that for some people privacy is an issue when sharing their home: I will do my best to adapt your session time around this and suggest ways you can create a space where you may speak freely. I'm also pleased to be able to see people in person where necessary under the current guidelines.
I believe there are many possibilities for your way forward through life and that therapy offers a space where you will find you can speak openly about yourself, sometimes for the first time.
The way I work is informed by the psychoanalysis of Freud, but adapted to the modern world. I came to therapy through literature and the arts and hold a Ph.D. from Trinity College, Cambridge where I taught English Literature for several years. I offer sessions both in person and over Skype. I am currently Honorary Secretary of The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and a member of The College of Psychoanalysts (UK).
I am very much at home working with gay, lesbian, trans and non-binary people as well as issues around anxiety, addiction, trauma and sex.
I am registered with several private health insurance companies including AXA and WPA.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been seeing patients in London since 2015.
I am a council member at The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis where I completed my training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and a member of The College of Psychoanalysts-UK. I am a Full Clinical Member of the UKCP, who require their members be fully insured, abide by a code of ethics and participate in regular, confidential supervision.
I have also worked as a therapist in third sector organisations Mind and Single Homeless Project and I have run training groups for staff members working in a mental health setting.
I have been consulted as an expert in anxiety and self-confidence by Huffington Post and Men's Health.
I have a Ph.D. from Cambridge University where I taught for several years.
I also have a strong background in theatre and the arts.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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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.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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The initial session is free.
Ongoing sessions cost £80 upwards depending on income.
Sessions for couples start at £100.
Some low cost places may be available during the day for students and low-earners.