Shelley Williams PgDip. BPC FPC UKCP
Strawberry House Clinic
12 Station Approach
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 of your current difficulties 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 better 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.
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.
An initial meeting offers you the opportunity to decide whether I am the right person for you at this time and enables me to consider how to best meet your needs. Many people find this experience of being listened to, without judgment, therapeutic in itself. If you would like to talk in confidence, please get in touch by email or phone and I will endeavour to respond as soon as I can.
"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. My pre-clinical experience includes working on a multi-agency therapeutic team with adolescents in crisis and their parents, and several years working with families facing separation and divorce.
I have been working as an adult psychotherapist since 2013 and am clinically experienced working with a broad range of issues including childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts, family crisis, relationship difficulties, divorce and separation, post-natal depression, parenting difficulties, adolescence and transitions, loss and bereavement.
- Working in private practice since 2016.
- Working as an adult 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, 2016)
- Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (WPF Therapy, 2016)
- WPF Certificate in Counselling (2004)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (1999)
Post-qualification training includes:
- Transitions: Adolescence into adulthood - Working with 18-25 year-olds (The SAP, currently undertaking 2018-2019)
- Foundations of Analytical Psychology: Jungian and Post-Jungian Concepts (The Society of Analytical Psychology, 2017)
- Certificate in Clinical Assessment (The Society of Analytical Psychology, 2016)
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
Initial session fee: £65
Fees are discussed together during the initial consultation before any commitment to ongoing therapy is made.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client