Ben CrawshawPsychodynamic psychotherapist
I am an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I offer assessments, and brief and longer term therapy. I work with adolescents and parents, young adults and adults experiencing a range of emotional difficulties. I specialise in developmental areas where there may be difficulty transitioning to adulthood, moving away from identities established during childhood and adolescence, the challenges of gaining greater independence, and issues around self esteem and resilience. Such concerns relating to personality development may become particularly pressing in late adolescence and young adulthood, though continue to be relevant across the lifespan.
Other areas I can help with include:
- Low mood/depression
- Anxiety/panic attacks
- Relationship issues
- Adverse childhood experiences
Psychodynamic therapy aims to understand the underlying factors that are often seen as emotional or behavioural difficulties. I believe such presenting behaviour, what may also become known as 'symptoms', may also be seen as an expression of thoughts and feelings that have important meanings. At the heart of psychodynamic therapy is the recognition that our complex and often 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. Taking time to explore and think 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. This can be with parents/carers as appropriate. From there, a short period of assessment to arrive at an initial understanding of the problems may be agreed upon. Where necessary, weekly or more intensive individual therapy may be recommended.
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.