Gershon PortnoiPsychodynamic psychotherapist
I'm a fully qualified and accredited psychotherapist, who has many years of experience of working with people to help them feel better about themselves.
Finding a psychotherapist can be daunting, and very confusing, with a lot of terminology and names that might feel complicated and mystifying.
My view is that therapy doesn't need to be so confusing and shrouded in secrecy and strange names.
To put it simply, I offer you the chance to talk about whatever might be troubling you in total confidence at the same time, on the same day, in the same place, every week.
That consistency, alongside the relationship we will develop, is all part of the healing process that therapy can provide.
I offer psychodynamic psychotherapy, starting with weekly sessions, which are 50 minutes in duration.
The name might be quite daunting, but this type of therapy focuses on past events to understand what is happening in the present.
By exploring this, we might be able to gain insight into your life, in order that you can understand yourself a bit better.
I always offer an initial consultation where we will meet to discuss why you have decided to begin therapy. After that, we will discuss the options for therapy. These are either open-ended, where we meet on the same day, at the same time every week, or it might be a shorter piece of work, where we will spend 12 sessions focusing on a specific issue.
Once we have agreed on the best course of action, you will receive a contract which outlines my commitment to you, and your commitment to your therapy.
I work with both men and women, and I have a specific interest in working with men who find it hard to open up emotionally.
I have a consulting room in central London, and I also work online.
If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
As I offer different types of therapy, please get in touch to find out my price structure for each one.
Training and qualifications
I underwent a rigorous four-year training at WPF Therapy, one of the most highly-respected psychotherapy training institutions in the country.
I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Theory and Practice.
I am also accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).
I'm a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC).