Paul CarslakePsychodynamic therapist
My therapy practice has a growing focus on the challenges facing millennials - people from mid-twenties to early forties. Family issues, dating, relationships, commitment, independence, isolation, job satisfaction or lack of it - are just some of the issues that can make life feel like a constant uphill struggle.
A lot comes up during this period: we get established into our adult lives and identities, sometimes having to re-write the rules of engagement with parents and families, and often with partners’ families too. Relationships and dating can raise big questions around independence and commitment, or can collapse into loneliness and alienation. Work careers can be enriching - or simply leave us feeling drained or trapped.
Therapy gives us a chance to explore how we might be coping with these or any number of other challenges in our lives right now. My approach is to pay close attention to the feelings and beliefs that we hold about ourselves and others, and which have typically taken shape at some earlier time in our lives. We can quickly become stuck in set ways of being me, without realising that all of us have a capacity to change in all kinds of unexpected ways.
Getting a fresh view on these ingrained patterns, discovering where they come from and exploring them, can allow us to find new ways through difficult challenges. It can improve how we relate to people within our friendship groups, our families, or within the workplace, and perhaps help to unlock where it is you want to get to in your life right now.
Starting counselling can feel like a step into the unknown. If you'd like to know more, you can phone me or email to fix up a free session, or use the Welldoing scheduler to request a session. You could also visit my website (www.talkplace.co.uk) where you'll find a lot more info. I look forward to 'meeting' you via Zoom or via phone call - after which you can take as much time as you need to decide.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
Session fees vary depending on time of day.
Peak time: For morning sessions starting before 10am and afternoon sessions starting after 4pm, the hourly rate is £58 for online therapy, and £71 for face-to-face sessions.
Off-peak: For sessions starting at or after 10am and finishing before 4pm, the fee is £55 for online therapy, and £68 for face-to-face sessions.
Fees are payable via an online payment link (that connects with your mobile banking app). Payment ahead of the session is not required.
Training and qualifications
- MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy; Birkbeck, University of London
- Cert Higher Ed. in Psychodynamic Counselling and Organisational Behaviour; Birkbeck, University of London
- BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics & Economics; Keble College, University of Oxford
- MBACP - registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Five years' experience in private practice and working with a community therapy centre
- More than 400 hours as a listening volunteer at Samaritans
- Author of Psychology: A Crash Course (Ivy Press, Brighton, 2019);
- Book Review: Workplace intelligence: unconscious forces and how to manage them, Psychodynamic Practice, 2021.