Paul Mollitt MSc Dip BA (Hons) MBACP (Accred.) BPC
After making contact with me via email or phone we will have a brief telephone consultation to discuss your needs and to arrange a more in depth face to face meeting. This assessment meeting will take approximately 1 hour and it will give me a chance to get to know you a little bit and understand why you have come for help. It will also be a chance for you to ask any questions you may have and for me to address any of your concerns.
Of course you don't have to commit to one option from the start but it is good to have an idea as to how you would like to work and this is something that can be explored in the assessment. Often short treatments can lead to longer term work just as longer work can be shortened as needed.
We know that finding the right help for yourself can be a confusing and frustrating experience. If you are unsure what you are looking for, we are able to offer a one-off assessment session to help guide you to find the right help. This could include short or long term therapy, a psychiatric referral, group therapy or a recommendation for medication to be discussed with your GP. Having working in the NHS we are skilled in diagnostic assessment and knowledgable about private, third sector and NHS services that might be of help to you.
Short Term Counselling (4-10 Sessions)
A short term treatment of counselling to address recent difficulties such as a bereavement, difficulties at work or in a relationship. This is often a good choice when you feel you simply need someone to talk to during a particularly difficult time in your life.
Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (16 Sessions)
This NHS evidence-based focused treatment for depression and anxiety seeks to highlight unhelpful patterns in relationships (romantic, friends, family and at work) and sets goals to change them.
Psychotherapy (16 Sessions +)
For longer term work for more entrenched issues, longer term psychotherapy could be an important investment. This option is helpful for those with longstanding issues, often since childhood. It is also good for those who have lost their purpose in life and want to find a deeper meaning.
How I Work
I work using a variety of therapeutic approaches. I am psychodynamically trained and this is my theoretical foundation and principal way of working. However we know that no one approach works for everyone and we also use elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Humanistic approaches.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a therapeutic process which helps patients understand and resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present. It differs from most other therapies in aiming for deep seated change in personality and emotional development.
Its aim is to help people with serious psychological disorders to understand and change complex, deep-seated and often unconsciously based emotional and relationship problems thereby reducing symptoms and alleviating distress. However, it is not limited only to those with mental health problems. Many people who experience a loss of meaning in their lives or who are seeking a greater sense of fulfilment may be helped by psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Sometimes people seek help for specific reasons such as eating disorders, psycho-somatic conditions, obsessional behaviour, or phobic anxieties. At other times help is sought because of more general underlying feelings of depression or anxiety, difficulties in concentrating, dissatisfaction in work or inability to form satisfactory relationships. Psychodynamic psychotherapy can contribute significantly to patient's mental and physical health, to their sense of well-being and to their ability to manage their lives more effectively.
The relationship with the therapist is a crucial element in the therapy. The therapist offers a confidential and private setting which facilitates a process where unconscious patterns of one's inner world become reflected in the relationship with the therapist. This process helps to gradually identify these patterns and, in becoming conscious of them, to develop the capacity to understand and change them
Training, qualifications & experience
My clinical training was at Birkbeck College, University of London where I obtained an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am a full registrant of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) adhering to their code of ethics. I am also an accredited Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) practitioner, trained at the Anna Freud Centre and Tavistock and Portman Clinic where I have also undertaken a training in Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) for application with those with Borderline Personality Disorder. I also have a training in supervision from the British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF). More recently, I began a training in Group Analysis at the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) graduating in 2018 with a Diploma in Group Work Practice as an Associate member of the IGA.
My first role in the NHS was as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist for the West End Community Mental Health Team, working long term with complex patients in secondary care. I worked as a student counsellor at both London Metropolitan University and University College London in individual and group work. I spent several years in NHS IAPT services as a Dynamic Interpersonal Therapist for South West London and St Georges' Mental Health Trust, the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Compass Wellbeing CIC, an NHS Funded social enterprise offering mental health services to the population of Tower Hamlets, where I ran therapy groups and one-to-one sessions. In 2017 I took a position at Birkbeck College, University of London as a Widening Participation Student Counsellor where I ran a project researching the barriers to counselling faced by men, refugees and care leavers. In 2018 I returned to the NHS to take up a secondary care post, this time in East London NHS Foundation Trust, working as a group and individual psychotherapist in the borough of Newham.
I have maintained a private practice since 2013.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Are you struggling emotionally and feel you need to talk to someone?
Perhaps you need somewhere to reflect away from your busy life?
Do you keep repeating the same unhealthy patterns in relationships or at work?
Or perhaps you have longstanding mental health concerns?
Whatever issues or emotional problems you are struggling with, we can help.
Come and see one of our highly-trained and experienced therapists to talk in confidence.
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A brief initial telephone consultation is free of charge.
Please contact me to discuss my rates. I charge on a sliding scale depending on your circumstance and the treatment you choose.
I accept all the major insurance providers:
anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder/manic depression, panic disorder, phobias, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), postnatal depression, relationship issues, addiction, abuse, family issues, anger management, bereavement, affairs and betrayals, separation and divorce, emotional abuse, child related issues, attachment disorder, low self-esteem, sexual abuse, eating disorders, asperges's syndrome, low self-confidence, binge-eating disorder, drug abuse, sex addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, internet addiction, bulimia nervosa, physical abuse, career, gender dysphoria, add, chronic fatigue syndrome, infertility, bullying, domestic violence, cancer, personality disorders, disabilities, learning difficulties, miscarriage, hiv/aids, sex problems, stress, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd), narcissistic personality disorder, trauma, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, work related stress, sexuality, passive aggressive behaviour, spirituality, pregnancy and birth, redundancy
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