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BACP Accredited Psychodynamic Counsellor & Psychotherapist

About me

I am a psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist offering long-term (open-ended) psychotherapy, or short-term psychotherapy with a focus (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy). The latter is one of the therapies recommended for depression in the NHS as an alternative to CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) or antidepressants. I have worked in the NHS and in private practice for 7 years. I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Areas of work

I have particular interest in working with people who suffer from depression, anxiety, have relationship issues or self-destructive habits, concerns about their gender or sexuality or body image, an abusive past or traumatic experiences, difficulties within their family, bereavement, or a general feeling of unhappiness about themselves and their lives that might be difficult to pinpoint.

About the therapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a form of talking therapy where I would work with you to help you understand your unconscious mind (the feelings, ideas and actions that might be troubling you which you don't understand) and how you feel and behave in relationships, which may be connected to your experiences in early childhood as well as those throughout life.

After an initial assessment session, if we agree to work together, we would meet once a week on the same day and at the same time for fifty minute sessions. The sessions would take place at the same location, in my comfortable treatment room close to London Bridge. During the treatment we would think about how long the therapy should last and which areas we needed to focus on. Any information shared with me would remain confidential unless in exceptional circumstances (involving immediate risk).

I work according to the ethical guidelines laid out in the BACP:

http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/

I offer a free 15 minute video consultation, if you would like to meet before an initial assessment session, so I can explain in person how I work and we could think about if I could help.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy from Birkbeck. I am a BPC-accredited Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy practitioner. I hold a BA in English Literature from Oxford University.

I have experience working with adult men and women of all ages, from different cultural backgrounds and of different persuasions in terms of their outlook on life, sexuality, religious faith, professional interests and political beliefs. I am experienced in working with people who have problems that may be difficult to talk about, problems in relationships, their family or the workplace.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£75.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My standard fee is £65 per hour, and I charge £80 for an initial 1 1/2 hour assessment. However, I also operate a sliding scale payment scheme for clients who have financial constraints.

When I work

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I can offer early morning and early evening appointments for people who work 9-5. 

42 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1XW

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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