Pernille Finegan Integrative psychotherapist , SW12
Originally from Denmark, I arrived in the UK in the 1980s. I then spent a number of years practicing law in the City before re-qualifying as a therapist in the Noughties. Having been in my Seat for many years now, I no longer identify with a particular 'textbook' modality of therapy, describing my style rather as conversational and relational.
Many studies have shown that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is more indicative of a successful outcome than the theoretical orientation of the therapist. I believe that the grounded-ness that comes from extensive training and experience and my personal attributes of warmth, empathy and humour combine to create an ideal container for psychological work. Whether we have ‘chemistry’ only a personal meeting can tell.
Whether you are looking for therapy, couple counselling or Focusing my guess is that you are hoping to find someone to understand you and meet your needs. With 100s of therapists out there, often saying similar things; how do you choose the right one for you? Do you base your decision on the impression of the photograph, the list of qualifications, the areas of experience, or something entirely different? It’s a bit like Internet dating: difficult at first glance to really get an impression of the person behind the ‘spiel’.
Personally, I find a long list of qualifications and modalities of themselves to be meaningless. I look for a practitioner who inspires confidence as a person and various factors play into that. At minimum I would expect the practitioner to have a solid theoretical foundation and training in the areas in which they practice; a wealth of life and professional experience and a serious attitude towards their professional and personal development and self care. As a practitioner I practice what I preach.
It is difficult to list all the areas I have experience of working with, as there is often an overlap, and human beings are complex and complicated. In individual work I have worked with most things other than the kinds of severe mental health issues one would ordinarily expect to be treated by a psychiatrist. In couple work I have also worked with all sorts of issues that lead to problems in a relationship.
If you like my profile but aren't sure whether I have the kind of experience you are looking for, do please contact me. I am very happy to have an informal chat to answer any questions before you make your decision.
Training and qualifications
PG Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (Humanistic Integrative)
Diploma in Couple Counselling from Relate Institute (Systemic, Psychodynamic and CBT)
Certificate in Psychosexual Relations and further training in couple work from the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (Psychodynamic)
Certificate in Clinical Supervision from Centre for Supervision and Team Development (7 Eyed Model)
I am currently training to be a Focusing Oriented Therapist at the London Focusing Institute (completing 2017)
Training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Training in multimodal CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)
Certificate in Transpersonal Dreamwork
Part 1 EMDR
Graduate of the Hoffman Process
£60 for an individual session
£70 for a couple session
Focusing by arrangement
Integrative Mindfulness Relational Person-centred/humanistic Psychodynamic Couples therapy Issues often worked with:
AnxietyCouple relationshipsDepressionFamily issuesInfertilityInterpersonal relationshipsSexual problemsTrauma Availability:
In less than a week Therapy offered:
In personOn video Client groups:
CouplesIndividuals Member organisations:
104 Weir Road
I practice Monday - Friday from a dedicated therapy room in my house. There is ample parking on the street. Public transport links to Balham or Clapham South are 10 minutes away.