Shelley Williams PgDip. BPC FPC UKCP
Strawberry House Clinic
12 Station Approach
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 central London, W1.
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
Since 2000, I have worked in various roles with adults, families and young people from a diversity of cultural and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations and ages. I am experienced working with a broad range of issues including childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts, illness, family crisis, relationship difficulties, divorce and separation, post-natal depression, parenting difficulties, adolescence and transitions, loss and bereavement. I have been working clinically as a psychotherapist since 2013.
- Working in private practice since 2016.
- Working clinically as a psychotherapist since 2013.
- Working with adults, families and young people in crisis since 2000.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice, Distinction (University of Roehampton)
- Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (WPF Therapy)
- WPF Certificate in Counselling
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
Post-qualification training includes:
- Foundations of Analytical Psychology: Jungian and Post-Jungian Concepts (The Society of Analytical Psychology)
- Certificate in Clinical Assessment (The Society of Analytical Psychology)
I am actively engaged in, and committed to, ongoing professional development.
I am a registered member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC reg. 21288), The Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC; graduate body of WPF Therapy) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP reg. 2011169315).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
I aim to offer affordable psychotherapy by taking into account your circumstances, appointment time and location. As a guide, fees tend to range between £55-£85 per session. If you are unable to afford the full fee, I may be able to offer reduced-fee daytime sessions at my Bromley practice. Fees are discussed together during our initial meeting before any commitment to ongoing therapy is made.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client