Ben CrawshawPsychoanalytic psychotherapist
I'm providing sessions online, via secure video call at the present time. If money is a concern, I'm offering concessions for key workers, anyone on a low income and students.
There are times in all our lives when our emotions feel overwhelming, we can feel distressed, confused, unhappy, and even become unwell with a mental health problem. Psychoanalytic therapy can help us to better understand ourselves and to work through our difficulties.
Sometimes we don’t understand the beliefs and fears that shape our way of looking at and living in the world, as they have become ingrained and automatic. We can find ourselves repeating destructive behaviours, feeling stuck in unhappy relationships and stunting our emotional, creative and professional development.
Especially at this time, many struggle to come to terms with painful experiences of loss and change that can challenge our ability to cope.
At the heart of psychoanalytic therapy is the recognition that our unconscious emotional life is part of being human. Regular sessions provide a stable structure that allows us to connect with and understand what happens for you at a deeper level. By offering greater attention and thought, psychoanalytic therapy can bring about authentic change, even to substantially difficult areas of your life, diminishing suffering and opening up your capacity for fulfilment.
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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 multi-disciplinary, complex needs Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) team, 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 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.