Ben CrawshawPsychodynamic psychotherapist
Whether there are specific challenging psychological and emotional aspects of your life that you would like to work on, or if you are curious to understand yourself in more depth, I can help you.
I bring warmth and helpful challenge to my work as a psychotherapist and believe the relationship that we form together is fundamental to successful therapy. Having been part of psychotherapy departments and teams in various NHS and educational settings, I'm experienced in working with a wide range of emotional difficulties, including anxiety, depression, issues around self-esteem and identity, family relationships and adverse childhood experiences. I'm based in West London and for now, am offering sessions exclusively online, via zoom.
How therapy can help
There are times in all our lives when our emotions feel overwhelming, we can feel distressed, confused, unhappy and may not understand what's caused the current situation. I offer a type of engagement that encourages and supports your reflection, so that together we can begin to get a clearer picture of the challenges you are facing. Thinking together in more depth about your unique experiences, helps to make sense of confusing thoughts and feelings and allows life to feel more manageable.
At the heart of my approach is a recognition that our often-unconscious emotional life is a fundamental 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.
Sometimes the fears and beliefs that we have unknowingly adopted earlier in life, continue to shape what happens for us in the present in ways we wouldn't necessarily wish for. I provide space to think about recurring patterns and conflicts in the present, as well as past trauma and painful memories. We can consider how the relationships in your life affect your view of yourself, your self -esteem and development of identity. Together, we can think about and help you come to terms with challenging experiences of loss and change.
When difficult parts of your life start to feel easier to bear and understand, new possibility for change can begin opening up, even in areas that had previously felt stuck.
I trained for five years as a psychotherapist at Regents College, School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology. Additionally, I studied infant observation and early child development at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust for a further two years.
How does it work?
If you are interested in working with me, please feel free to contact me to discuss your availability and the possibility of a consultation. This would be an opportunity to come to an initial understanding of the problems and determine whether we might be suited to working together. From there, weekly or more frequent 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.