Dr Spencer Rowell
Psychoanalyst, PhD, PGDip, MA.
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What might we do...? As much as speaking of present life experience, we might consider the journey you made to this place. In this confidential safe space a history of experience, often more difficult to verbalise, might be expressed. This psychodynamic way of working involves looking together at these past experiences. Psychoanalysis looks in more depth and considers the unconscious motivations or resistances to bring a new awareness and different way of seeing. To look at the root cause and untangle the no-longer-useful from our way-of-being.
Making Contact... An initial consultation is an opportunity to meet, speak and be heard. An important experience to help decide on what might be best for you. The mode, frequency, cost or if a colleague or different mode of practice might be more suited would be discussed.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been in private practice for ten years, experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns. These may be described as, or combination of, panic attacks, self-esteem issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, identity and relational problems.
I have long-standing experience in the area of addiction. Psychotherapy can be a useful adjunct for both the addict seeking recovery but also the friends and family members.
Being part of the clinical team at the 'The Psychosis Therapy Project' who work with people who experience severe mental illness. The project offers long-term psychotherapy, giving time and space to articulate distressing experiences, to those who are often only offered medication.
I have an interest in the arts. My studies and practice in psychoanalysis combined with art practice informed my doctoral research.
- 2021 Award of Psychoanalyst Society for Social and Critical Psychoanalysis
- 2012 Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice (Merit)
- Graduating from WPF (accredited by Roehampton University)
- 2016-Present Clinician with 'The Psychosis Therapy Project'
- 2017 PhD Research Degree: ‘An Exploration of Pathography within Phototherapy, An Analysis of the Photographic Self-Portrait’
- 2010 MA in Fine Art (Distinction)
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £45.00 to £85.00
Concessions offered for
Initial consultations are £60 and at this first meeting the frequency and cost of ongoing work would be discussed. Before committing to meeting, I am happy to speak briefly on the phone.
Fees for on-going work I have a sliding scale based on household income and financial circumstances. As a guide, for those in work £45-£85 per 50min weekly session.
When I work
Highgate N6, Crouch End N8
Location is an 8min walk from Highgate Tube and Bus services 134, 43 & 41. Free parking
Location My practice is an 8min walk from Highgate Tube and Bus services 134, 43 & 41. Free parking available
Psychodynamic or Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy? ‘Different schools of psychotherapy have emerged and continue to develop from Freud’s original work. In psychoanalytic psychotherapy, particular attention is paid to analysing transference and resistance issues, so that the patient is helped to find a more creative relationship between conscious and unconscious processes and to discover their own personal truths.’ (UKCP professional occupational standards 2014: 2)
How much goes it cost? Initial consultations are £60 and at this first meeting, mode of work, the frequency and cost would be discussed. I have a sliding scale of fees for on-going work. It is based on household income and commitments, as a guide and for those in work, £50-£85 per session.
Missed sessions will be charged. However, re-scheduling a weekly session is usually possible.
Breaks. Summer, spring and winter breaks follow the academic calendar and each of which are three weeks in duration.
Frequency of sessions. Once-weekly sessions of fifty minutes duration would often be the start point of our work, however twice-weekly sessions can be considered.
What is open-ended? The process will reveal, what will be your decision to end therapy over a period of notice.
Confidentiality. All contact is confidential. I will hold your contact details for the purpose of arranging sessions. I will not share information, with your GP or anyone else. I do not hold notes other those discussed in supervision (as part of professional practice). These are always anonymised and promptly destroyed.