Shelley Williams PgDip. Psych., BPC Reg., FPC., MBACP
19 Nassau Street
My approach as a psychodynamic psychotherapist is warm, relational and non-judgmental, offering a safe, confidential space to talk, explore and begin to make sense through developing a deeper understanding of yourself in relation to others and the world around you. You may want to talk about what is currently happening in your life, feelings, memories, relationships, images, dreams... really, anything that comes to mind. Together, we may find links to your past that illuminate difficulties in your present, freeing you to make more conscious choices in the future. Through coming to understand and know yourself you may develop greater inner strength, enhancing your sense of wellbeing and enabling you to better face life's challenges.
I chose to undertake a long, rigorous training in psychodynamic psychotherapy as I believe a thorough grounding in the psychoanalytical approach enhances work at a deeper level, aiming to reach the roots of current problems, promoting long-term personal growth. I completed a four-year postgraduate training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at WPF Therapy, gaining a BACP-accredited postgraduate diploma with distinction, and practised for several years within the WPF Therapy clinic in London. I currently work in private practice with individuals aged 18+ in Bromley, Kent, and Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, London.
About psychodynamic psychotherapy
Early in our lives, we learn how to cope with our feelings and experiences in our own unique way. Patterns of relating and coping with distress become familiar and continue to influence us throughout our lives at an unconscious level, affecting our behaviour and relationships at home and work. Sometimes, our coping strategies, and the ways we relate to others, may become problematic. For instance, we may feel overwhelmed by grief, illness or painful events. Relationships may break down. We may begin to feel anxious or depressed.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy offers the opportunity to begin to make sense of what underlies our difficulties, come to terms with our losses and discover new perspectives. With the help of a trained professional able to guide us at our own pace, we can begin to disentangle ourselves from the shackles of our past and live a more fulfilling life in the present.
If you would like to talk in confidence, please get in touch by email or phone and let me know the best time to contact you. If you would like to meet with me, we can arrange a mutually agreed time for an initial meeting. Many people find this experience of being listened to, without judgment, therapeutic in itself. It should give you a sense of what therapy with me might be like. This will also give us the opportunity to decide together what will best suit your needs and whether I am the right person for you at this time.
"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are." C.G. Jung
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked for over twelve years with adults and young people from a diversity of cultural and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations and ages, facing a wide range of issues including family crisis, anxiety, depression, post-natal depression, parenting, relationship difficulties, divorce and separation, work related stress, identity issues, childhood trauma and bereavement.
My clinical experience has included working with clients dealing with loss & bereavement, trauma, illness, depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, relationship and friendship difficulties, family conflict, foster parenting, boarding school related trauma, redundancy and life transitions such as leaving home and university.
- Four-year clinical placement at WPF Therapy.
- Eight-years within statutory and voluntary services working with mothers, fathers, children and young people in crisis.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice, Distinction (Uni of Roehampton)
- Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (WPF Therapy)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
Other training includes:
- Autism awareness
- Post-natal depression
- Domestic violence
I am a registered member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and The Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC; graduate body of WPF Therapy). I am also a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
I aim to offer affordable psychotherapy by taking into account your circumstances, appointment time and location, and hold some limited, reduced fee spaces for those on low income. As a guide, fees in Central and Greater London tend to average £45-85 for 50 minute sessions. Fees are discussed together during our initial meeting before any commitment to ongoing therapy is made.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client