As a UKCP registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, I offer a contained, explorative space to talk through a variety of difficulties ranging from everyday struggles with work and relationships to troubling concerns about sense of identity and psychological distress.
I have a passionate interest in psychoanalysis, philosophy and critical psychiatry, and have worked both within the NHS and privately in a variety of therapeutic fields over a number of years.
I have experienced therapeutic encounters with a vast array of individuals ranging from those who have been deeply troubled by events in their lives to those who have simply felt stuck and in need of growth through gaining greater personal insight and understanding.
I trained with the Philadelphia Association, which was set up by RD Laing and colleagues during the 1960s with the aim of challenging traditional ways of understanding mental and emotional suffering.
I have also worked for many years as a Community Psychiatric Nurse and am aware of the difficulties and challenges faced when seeking the most appropriate kind of help in times of distress.
Some of the thinkers who have influenced my way of working: Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Ronald D Laing and Donald Winnicott
Training, qualifications & experience
UKCP Registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
Philadelphia Association member.
Registered with College of Psychoanalysts-UK.
Qualified DBT Therapist currently practicing in the NHS.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
With regards to the 'areas I deal with' section of this website, I feel it important to highlight that my way of working is not one of shoehorning people into diagnostic categories and pathologising the human experience, which, in my view, opens up the potential for violent objectification rather than a collaborative thinking space.
People enter into therapy with many preconceived notions of what it means to 'have' depression, anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and various other issues causing problems in living, and it would seem more fruitful to me to take these problems for what they are and explore what they are attempting to express or conceal rather than medicalising a distressing set of circumstances and looking for a functional 'fix' to a situation that was bourne out of less than favourable circumstances that potentially the sufferer is not fully conscious of.
Initial meeting: £50
Ongoing therapy: £50-£75 (Negotiable) for 50 minute session
I work both during the day and evenings.
I practice from a private, peaceful garden room, a couple of minutes walk away from Chertsey train station, close to Junction 11 of the M25. I am easily accessible from local areas including Egham, Woking, Staines, Shepperton and Weybridge. There is plenty of available parking outside.
I am also available on certain days in Hampstead, North London.