Simon Greenwood Psychodynamic psychotherapist , WC1A
I am an experienced, professionally qualified and registered psychotherapist based in Bloomsbury near the British Museum in Central London and in Lewes in East Sussex. I work full time in private practice.
Whatever your reason for making contact, psychotherapy can help you understand what you are going through and support you as you face difficult thoughts and feelings. Nobody is exempt from finding life overwhelming at times. It can feel that your anxiety or feelings of depression have reached unbearable levels. You might even feel in crisis.
As a professional psychotherapist I provide a safe and confidential space in which you can talk about and explore whatever is troubling you and together we can start to make sense of your distress.
You might be struggling with a specific problem. But sometimes it is not so obvious what is going wrong. People have sought my help in the past for a wide diversity of reasons such as:
* General feelings of hopelessness and despair
* Feeling depressed, flat, lonely or isolated
* Feeling hyper-tense, anxious or fearful, including having panic attacks
* Finding it hard to make or sustain good relationships
* Wanting to gain a better understanding of themselves
* Feelings related to loss such as bereavement or divorce
* Feelings related to trauma
* Sexual concerns
* Difficulties dealing with anger
* Addiction issues
* Difficulties originating in family conflicts
You might recognize yourself in one or more of the above… or it might be something else entirely.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a collaborative process. My approach is warm, relational and non-judgemental, but I do not simply offer advice or reassurance. There’s no how-to manual, no agenda, no formula… and no homework. Instead my aim is to help you think differently about yourself and your relationships. You can talk about whatever is on your mind: what is currently going on in your life, your relationships past and present, your dreams, memories, childhood… anything at all. Together we can think about how events in your past might be influencing your life today and becoming conscious of these links between past and present can enable you to make more informed choices about your future.
Psychotherapy can be challenging, requiring a commitment to face up to and work through difficult feelings. But it can also be enormously rewarding and enriching as you come gradually to self-understanding. Sometimes we hardly know ourselves at all.
I believe that within the safety of the therapeutic relationship, real and lasting change can take place. And with self-understanding can come personal growth and increased inner confidence.
Getting in touch
Please do send me an email or contact me by phone and let me know the best time to contact you. If you feel, after a brief discussion on the phone, that you would like to meet me, we can agree a time for an initial meeting. I always suggest at least one initial meeting before committing to anything ongoing. This will give you a chance to come and meet me, dip your toes in the water, experience how sessions feel. We can then decide if I am the right person to help you at this time. Choosing the right therapist, i.e. one that you feel you can trust and work with, is important.
If you decide to go ahead then we would agree together on a time and day of the week for your sessions. These would be once weekly and always at the same time. Each session lasts 50 minutes and the therapy would be open-ended.
Although sometimes it can feel quite hard to make that initial contact, it is a positive step to ask for help. I would welcome hearing from you and setting up an initial consultation. I will respond promptly, sensitively and in confidence.
My Consulting Rooms
37 Museum St, WC1A 1LQ is right next to the British Museum a few minutes walk from Tottenham Court Rd tube station. Number 37 has been newly refurbished and the building is dedicated to psychotherapy. There is a waiting room in case it is needed and my consulting room is extremely comfortable and peaceful. My Lewes room is in a Victorian town house with a bay window. There is cheap metered parking in the surrounding streets.
Training and qualifications
I aim to offer affordable psychotherapy by taking into account your circumstances, appointment time and location, and hold some limited, reduced fee spaces for those on low income. As a guide, fees in London tend to average £50-£85 for 50-minute sessions; a bit lower in Lewes. Fees are discussed together during our initial meeting before any commitment to ongoing therapy is made. My fee for initial consultations is £65.