Ursula Pfeiffer MBACP
I am a counsellor and psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience living and working in South London.
Having been a social worker and working with troubled children I consider my first training in child development. When love was not enough and only deep psychological understanding together with a well thought out skill set could bring about positive change, my interest in Psychotherapy really began.
My work with depressed and out of control children and adolescents was the foundation for understanding that which has been repressed, rejected, judged, unwanted, abused, ridiculed, undeveloped and pushed aside in the grown up personality.
I have worked with people of all ages and a wide diversity of cultural, professional, ethical and spiritual backgrounds. This means I am non - judgemental and sincerely interested in your difficulties.
Is Psychotherapy right for you?
You may feel that life is just not working out the way you had hoped, or you may be coming up against the same fears when you start to get to know another person. Maybe you have experienced deeply frustrating isolation while in a relationship or having upsetting arguments. The people you have liked took no notice of your dreams or made fun of your thoughts.
Psychotherapy does not offer speedy results. It can take time to trust and tell someone how you really feel inside. I have experienced that if you give yourself this opportunity, life can flow again and may be in a different direction.
Choosing Counselling or Psychotherapy - What's the difference?
One difference would be frequency and duration.
If you wanted counselling we would meet once weekly and you might want to terminate our contract as you started to feel better. This could in part be determined by financial and time issues, but the possibility to return at a later stage could be kept open.
If you are interested in Psychotherapy you most likely have twice weekly sessions, as least for some of the time. Together we would explore your personality at great depth and discover your inner world. Psychotherapy aims at lasting change and frequently lasts longer
Both Counselling and Psychotherapy provide a safe environment in which you can let your thoughts and feelings flow freely as they occur.
Midlife can be a very difficult time. Whether you have achieved a lot of your goals or not so many, a midlife depression can bring all your decisions and values and success back into focus. For many people it is a time of confusion or still much worse, a rollercoaster of ups and downs and it is impossible to be calm. Jungian Psychotherapy can help to uncover a deeper sense of yourself which can be a rewarding journey.
I very much welcome this client group.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Counselling Diploma from the Lincoln Psychotherapy Centre.
I completed my training in Psychotherapy at the Institute of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am a Member of BACP Acc.
My basic orientation to open ended counselling is psychodynamic.
I am contracted by EAP agencies and have over 15 years experience in BRIEF SOLUTION BASED PSYCHOTHERAPY (5 session model)
Many of my short term clients have experienced anger in the workplace. Exploring this anger and underlying frustrations can build confidence and create options. Keeping the anger inside could make you unwell and affect you physical as well mental health. Learning to express anger in a way which does not hurt but is effective, often is the desired goal.
I also counselled clients suffering loss. This may have been a job, a carrier prospect, good health or a person. While everybody grieves in their own unique way, understanding yourself and sharing will aid your healing.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Four over ten years I have been supervised and have worked closely together with a fully trained SCHEMA THERAPIST.
You may have an awareness that certain behaviours are somewhat compulsive, but it seems you are unable to think freely about this, all you can think is how it does not work or achieve desired results.
Schema therapy can help uncover the underlying mechanism which could have been developed some time ago or in your early years. What might have been helpful in one situation is now blocking the capacity for feeling good about yourself.
Counselling will help to see your personality makes sense and you can make changes.
50 min session (long term) £45 - £55
5 sessions £200
1 1/2 hour sessions £60
Telephone counselling requires a firm contract. I would expect to talk with you once weekly at pre booked days and times. It is just as effective as face to face counselling, it seems however to demand a greater level of commitment.
During my employment with Social Services Southwark I undertook basic training in Transactional Analysis and Gestalt Therapy.
These therapies offer tools when you feel that you are coping with life, but there are recurring frustrations and blockages which really need not be there and a short burst of sessions (between 6 to 16) will enable you to focus in and keep your mind on a particular goal.
I have worked extensively and over many years with this model and it has proven very effective for many of my clients. That would be something for us to explore in our first session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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My working week is Monday to Friday. I offer appointments as early as 7.30 on Tue, Wed and Thu. For short term intensive psychotherapy I am open Saturdays. Fees start from £45 a session