Dr Peter CockersellPsychodynamic psychotherapist
I have been practising psychotherapy for over 20 years, in the NHS, the voluntary sector and private practice. A client said to me 'therapy is the place where you can talk about the things that you can't talk about anywhere else' and what I offer is a space to do that.
Personally, I think that psychotherapy is one of the best things people can do for themselves: it's an opportunity to really discover what makes you who and how you are, and finding that out helps you get the best out of your life - whatever the circumstances you find yourself in.
I have a wide range of experience, working with clients from all sorts of backgrounds from Government advisors to rough sleepers, with men and women of many nationalities, and cultural, sexual and personal identities. People have come to me facing problems with the impact of mental health issues (diagnosed or undiagnosed), with drug, alcohol, gambling or porn dependency issues, suffering the effects of trauma (including neglect, abuse, torture; and rape, including male victims of rape), and relationship and identity questions; I have worked with people with several of these issues, and people with none of these, with people who feel not quite comfortable with who they are, and with people who feel they are on the edge of completely falling apart.
I think that therapy is about enabling someone to increase their capacity to achieve what they want, using the therapeutic relationship as a place for exploration. We explore together what's going on, clarify thoughts and name feelings, and aim to better understand the relationship between inner experience and external events and people, so we can identify possibilities and potential.
I am humbled and amazed by people's capacity for change and recovery, and their ability, with the right help, to achieve the things they want to, and to resolve even the most complex feelings.
I trained with Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre and UCL Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, and did my clinical practice training at St Thomas's Hospital, London. I currently work as a psychotherapist in private practice, as a supervisor to psychotherapists in the NHS and voluntary sector, and I also work for a charity providing psychologically informed therapeutic communities for people with diagnoses of personality disorders or psychoses.
If you're thinking about therapy with me, come for a session and see how it feels.
Issues often worked with
£75 per session.
I'm afraid I don't currently have any low-fee spaces available.
Training and qualifications
Doctor of Psychotherapy (DPsych), Metanoia and Middlesex University, awarded March 2015
MSc Intercultural Therapy, and Clinical Training, Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre and UCL Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioural Sciences, 1997-2001
UKCP-registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Reg No 00213100, since 2000
Professional Member: Nafsiyat; Metanoia; Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis; College of Medicine; ISPS (International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Multiple short trainings