Ben Crawshaw Psychoanalytic psychotherapist , SW7

I'm providing sessions online, via secure video call, email and over the phone during the present time. If money is a concern, I'm offering concessions for key workers, anyone on a low income and students.

You may appear to those around you to be functioning but privately harbour feelings that leave you overwhelmed, anxious and confused. Despite having tried your best to change and make life better, you may feel stuck and unsure of the best way forward.

You may have a sense that your past is affecting you, your childhood, upbringing and experience of family holding you back or influencing your present choices and behaviour in ways you wouldn't necessarily choose. You might feel insecure and a lack of confidence at times. You may have doubts about your identity and sense of yourself.

You may be struggling to come to terms with painful experiences of loss and change that are challenging your ability to cope.

Perhaps you have specific ways in which you'd like to improve your current relationships and areas of your life you'd particularly like to work on.

My approach to helping you make sense of distressing and confusing circumstances is influenced by existential and psychoanalytic thinking. I offer a therapeutic dialogue that supports you to begin addressing challenging areas of your life.

Therapy offers the opportunity to re-assess previously adopted beliefs and values, ideas about your self and life that may or may not still serve you. Knowing what's important now helps to open up new choice and possibility, even in areas that had felt stuck.

Through growing awareness of past and present patterns, its possible to feel relief and bring freedom from repetitive thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

Whilst theory and clinical experience are essential however, its the quality of the human relationship that we create together that forms the healing basis of our work. There are some elements of this relationship that are important, such as trust and the valuing of understanding.

My approach is often useful for clients that feel affected by long standing difficulties in the way they think and feel about themselves, the world and their relationships with others.



My practise is based in the peaceful Queen's Gate conservation area of South Kensington, a short walk from Gloucester Road station.

Training and qualifications

I completed a four year MA in Psychological Counselling at Regent's University, School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology. I previously gained my undergraduate degree at University of Surrey, achieving BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Counselling.

As well as maintaining a private practice, I've worked in the NHS in several hospital 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 multi-disciplinary team covering four London boroughs in a complex needs Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

I continue to hold a position in an educational setting, providing therapeutic interventions for young people and parents, psycho-educational and mindfulness groups for practitioners and young people and supervision for trainee therapists.

Having developed an increasing interest in early years development and its continuing influence across the lifespan, I'm currently undertaking an MA at the renowned Tavistock and Portman NHS trust.

I've been a mindfulness practitioner for over 10 years and have explored embodiment in a variety of ways. 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.


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. 

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125 Gloucester Road, SW7 4TE
Second Floor
125 Gloucester Road
South Kensington