Patricia Sandford Couple & Individual Relationship Therapy BSc PgCrt PgDip MBACP
People often choose to see a counsellor or therapist for relationship issues only when the pain of not doing so exceeds the pain of revealing themselves to a perfect stranger. It is daunting to think about sharing personal details of life with someone you don’t know. It is my experience, however, that when counselling is approached as a warm and collaborative undertaking with a therapist who has received specialised training in couple and individual relationship therapy, the discomfort eases quickly.
The purpose of coming to counselling is unique to each couple and individual. A successful outcome depends a great deal on sorting out your goals and we will work together to tailor a specific plan to address your needs.
I am an experienced and qualified counsellor and psychotherapist trained at the world-renowned Tavistock Relationships, part of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, where I also worked as a Visiting Clinician. My private practice has consulting rooms in both Belgravia and Hammersmith.
There are many reasons for seeking help with your relationship — physical or emotional affairs and betrayals, you are wondering if separation and divorce is the only way forward, you've grown apart, you or your partner wants more time together than the other is willing to give, your life goals have changed, you argue about money or how to raise your children, there has been a bereavement, to name just a few.
Sometimes people come to therapy to sort out a very specific problem, and there are also less clear-cut reasons — for example, the desire to stop repeating self-defeating patterns of behaviour that block you from having the relationship you long for and deserve.
Our work together can be either of a short duration to deal with a specific issue, or more open-ended, which we can discuss when we first meet.
I work with Couples to help them communicate and understand each other, and achieve a more satisfying and meaningful relationship, if that is their goal. I can also help negotiate the difficult feelings brought up during separation and divorce, or by affairs and betrayals. If your partner is unwilling to attend or you would like to work on issues without your partner present, we can work together one-to-one. Please refer to my website pages for 'Couples,' 'Individuals in Relationships' and 'Divorce Counselling' for a more detailed discussion.
I also counsel Individuals who are not presently in a relationship. Perhaps there has been a recent breakup you would like to understand better, or avoid dating because you fear attracting the same type of person yet again. We can work together to examine your past relationships, and understand underlying patterns that are preventing you from finding a more healthy and satisfying relationship. Please refer to my website page for 'Individuals' for a more detailed discussion.
Training, qualifications & experience
- The Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology and Tavistock Relationships (formerly The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships) - Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Couple and Individual Psychotherapy and Counselling.
- Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust - The Development of Psychoanalytic Theory and Introduction to Psychotherapy and Counselling.
- Member in good standing of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework.
- Graduate Member of The Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology (formerly the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors)
- Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Alumni.
- Associate Member of the International Psychotherapy Institute (U.S.A.)
- BSc from Cornell University (U.S.A. 1988).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
Please contact Patricia to discuss fees.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Session times available upon request.
Types of client