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I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist with over 10 years experience. I work full-time seeing individual adult clients (only) and I hope that my approach is experienced as warm, non-judgmental and relational. Whatever has led you to look for a therapist today, my own view is that current persistent difficulties in life have their roots in the past. And I believe that it is only by getting underneath these symptoms and trying to understand where they come from that real and lasting change can take place. But just to sit with someone who will listen attentively and without judgement can be a completely new experience for many people.
Nobody is exempt from finding life overwhelming at times. It can feel that your anxiety or feelings of depression have reached unbearable levels. You might even feel in crisis.
You might be struggling with a specific problem. But sometimes it is not so obvious what is going wrong. People have sought my help in the past for a wide diversity of reasons such as:
- General feelings of hopelessness and despair
- Feeling depressed, flat, lonely or isolated
- Feeling hyper-tense, anxious or fearful, including having panic attacks
- Finding it hard to make or sustain good relationships
- Wanting to gain a better understanding of themselves
- Feelings related to loss such as bereavement or divorce
- Feelings related to trauma
- Sexual concerns
- Difficulties dealing with anger
- Addiction issues
- Difficulties originating in family conflicts
You might recognize yourself in one or more of the above… or it might be something else entirely.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a collaborative process. I do not simply offer advice or reassurance. Instead, my aim is actively to help you think differently about yourself and your relationships. You can talk about whatever is on your mind: what is currently going on in your life, your relationships past and present, your dreams, memories, childhood… anything at all. Together we can think about how events in your past might be influencing your life today and becoming conscious of these links between past and present can enable you to make more informed choices about your future.
I would see the relationship between us as central and the process as a collaborative journey. Psychotherapy can of course be challenging, but it is also enormously rewarding (and life-changing) as you come gradually to self-understanding. It can feel like waking up.
Getting in touch
Please do send me an email or contact me by phone and let me know the best time to contact you. If you feel, after a brief discussion on the phone, that you would like to meet me, we can agree a time for an initial meeting. I always suggest at least one initial meeting before committing to anything ongoing. This will give you a chance to come and meet me, dip your toes in the water and experience how sessions feel. Choosing the right therapist, i.e. one that you feel you can trust and work with, is important.
If you decide to go ahead then we would agree together on a time and day of the week for your sessions. These would always be at the same time whether you come once weekly or more frequently. Each session lasts 50 minutes and the therapy would be open-ended.
Although sometimes it can feel quite hard to make that initial contact, it is a positive step to ask for help. I would welcome hearing from you and setting up an initial consultation. I will respond promptly, sensitively and in confidence.
My Consulting Rooms
My room in Lewes is in a Victorian townhouse with a bay window. There is cheap metered parking in the streets surrounding St Johns Terrace.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully-qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist. I originally undertook a rigorous four-year training at WPF Therapy, one of the leading academic and clinical institutions in Britain, accredited by BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). I am a member of the BPC (British Psychoanalytical Council) and FPC (Foundation for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice (University of Roehampton)
- Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (WPF Therapy)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (WPF Therapy)
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The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
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BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£65.00 - £90.00
My fees range from £65 - £90 for 50-minute sessions. Fees are discussed together during our initial meeting before any commitment to ongoing therapy is made.
My fee for initial consultations is £70.