Peter CockersellPsychodynamic psychotherapist
I have been practising psychotherapy for over 15 years, in the NHS, the voluntary sector and private practice. I also have a long history of working with homeless people and rough sleepers, and worked for St Mungo's for many years, latterly as Director of Health & Recovery. Psychotherapy helped me change my life, and I believe deeply in its potential to help.
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, as a Lecturer in Psychotherapy at Surrey University, and as a consultant/trainer in Psychologically Informed Environments.
Psychotherapy, to me, 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. Personally, I don't think there are any difficulties that psychotherapy can't help with.
I have a wide range of experience, working with clients of all backgrounds from Government advisors to rough sleepers, with men and with 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), drug and alcohol dependency, trauma (including neglect, abuse, torture; and rape, including male victims of rape), and relationship and identity questions; people with all of these, and people with none of these, people who feel not quite comfortable with who they are, and people who feel they are on the edge of completely falling apart.
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 use my trainings, my experience, and my interest in people and in life to inform my work; in the session, I work with the client to clarify what s/he wants, what the obstacles are to achieving this, how s/he has become the person s/he is, and how s/he might realise the potential of the future. 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.
Therapy to me is about enabling my client to increase their capacity to achieve what they want, using the therapeutic relationship as a place for exploration.
I offer weekly, twice-weekly, or in some cases three-times weekly therapy sessions. I have a sliding scale for twice-weekly or more.
Issues often worked with
Once weekly: £75 per session
Twice Weekly: £120pw (i.e. £60 per session)
More than twice weekly by agreement.
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