Susan Blishen MA, PGDipPsych, UKCP, BPC, South East London and London W1
I am an accredited psychodynamic psychotherapist, providing in-depth, one-to-one therapy to adults, struggling with a range of emotional difficulties, including: depression and anxiety; bereavement and loss; guilt, shame and anger; feelings of worthlessness and low self-esteem; family conflicts; difficulties forming or maintaining relationships; loneliness and feelings of isolation; work problems; sexual problems; issues around death and dying. During the pandemic I mainly provide telephone and online therapy but expect to resume face-to-face therapy as soon as I safely can.
We all experience times when we feel stuck. Perhaps you have become distant from your feelings, or in the grip of strong emotions you can’t control. Perhaps you find yourself repeating patterns of behaviour or ways of relating which might be damaging to yourself and others. Or you may feel empty, or purposeless, as if your life has no meaning.
I offer you a private and confidential setting in which we can work together to uncover and explore the unknown parts of your self which may be contributing to your present distress.
Over time and through the relationship between us I hope you will discover new ways of approaching life, less compromised by the old habits that are making you suffer. For example, you might find that you are able to express feelings you’d long buried, or to see your family in a new way, or to express your anger directly for the first time.
The psychotherapeutic process is distinctive and people can sometimes find it unsettling at first. Each week, for 50 minutes, you can talk about whatever comes to mind - feelings, thoughts, memories, dreams, books, films – or you can stay silent. I usually say very little, but will attend as closely as I can to the less conscious aspects of what you bring that may be informing your difficulties.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced therapist with a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and a Certificate in Counselling. I trained at WPF Therapy, one of the foremost psychodynamic and psychoanalytic training institutions in the country. I have been accredited by the the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and Roehampton University. My experience is with adults and older adults, especially those suffering from depression, anxiety, relationship issues, bereavement and loss, and difficulties managing or experiencing feelings.
Before becoming a psychotherapist, I worked and volunteered in the arts and charity sectors. My interest in psychotherapy grew out of a previous role which focused on making mental health support more widely available to young people. I’ve long been interested in how all forms of creativity can inform the therapeutic process and how therapy can help to unlock creativity.
I have had many years of therapy myself. The experience has helped me to understand what this kind of therapy is like and to work empathically with my clients.
I am committed to continuing professional development and regularly attend top-up training.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Age-related issues
- Complex issues relating to death and dying
- Guilt and shame
Weekly online or telephone sessions of 50 minutes are charged at £60 per session.
I charge slightly more for face-to-face work, with charges varying by location.
I charge £90 for the initial consultation which takes up to 90 minutes.
I sometimes offer reduced fees to students, the unemployed, and those on low incomes.
Concessions offered for
You may be feeling unsure about getting help and uncertain about what to expect. If you feel you might look to work with me, I offer a 15 minute, free phone consultation to give you the chance to find out more. Before beginning therapy, we will meet for an initial 90-minute consultation, to talk about the things that have led you to seek help and to help you consider whether the psychotherapeutic approach is right for you. There is no commitment to ongoing work at this stage. But if you do decide to continue, we would agree the days and times to meet on an ongoing basis.