Ben CrawshawPsychodynamic psychotherapist
Do you appear to those around you to be functioning, whilst privately struggling with thoughts and feelings that leave you worried about your ability to cope? Do you experience low mood/depression, anxiety or panic attacks?
You may yearn for closeness and support from others but feel anxious and find it difficult to trust? You may have a sense of being adversely affected by experiences from childhood and family? Do you feel confusion around your sense of identity, a lack of self-esteem and resilience and feel unsure about your direction in life?
Are you finding it hard coming to terms with painful loss or change?
The evidence base for psychotherapy strongly suggests the therapeutic alliance formed between patient and therapist is at the core of any successful treatment.
I believe it is important to understand the underlying factors of what are often seen as emotional or behavioural difficulties. Such presenting behaviour, which may become known as 'symptoms', can also be viewed as an expression of thoughts and feelings that have important meanings. Rather than labelling or diagnosing, individual experiences and difficulties may need to be 'seen', understood and thought about, not judged.
Regular sessions provide a stable structure that allows us to connect with and understand what happens for you at a deeper level. Taking time to explore and think together about you and your situation during therapy, can help bring relief and make things feel more manageable.
How does it Work?
I suggest we have a brief discussion via telephone initially to understand the nature of your concerns. Following this, a consultation where I meet with you to talk about things in more depth may be recommended. From there, having arrived at an initial understanding of the problems, weekly or more intensive individual therapy may follow.
My practice is based in the peaceful Queen's Gate conservation area of South Kensington, a short walk from Gloucester Road station.
Issues often worked with
I charge £75 per session.
I offer a number of reduced fee daytime sessions for key workers, students and those on low incomes. I usually discuss the possibility of a reduced fee at initial assessment.
Training and qualifications
As well as maintaining a private practice, I've been employed in several NHS psychotherapy departments, in primary care and in charitable organisations.
I oversaw a therapy service in a large senior school and worked as part of a complex needs Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), covering four London boroughs.
I continue to hold positions in educational settings, providing therapeutic interventions for children, young people and parents, and supervision for trainee therapists.
I've explored embodiment in a variety of ways for over 10 years. My client work is informed by an awareness of what our bodies tell us about our experience.
Prior to my professional training I studied music.