Shelley WilliamsPsychodynamic psychotherapist
My approach is warm, relational and non-judgmental, offering a safe, confidential space to talk, explore and begin to make sense of what is troubling you, through developing a deeper understanding of yourself in relation to others and the world around you. You may want to talk about what is currently happening in your life, feelings, memories, relationships, images, dreams... really, anything that comes to mind. Together, we may find links to your past that illuminate difficulties in your present, freeing you to make more conscious choices in the future. Through coming to understand and know yourself better you may develop greater inner strength, enhancing your sense of wellbeing and enabling you to better face life's challenges.
I am an experienced, accredited psychotherapist and counsellor registered with the UKCP and the BPC, and hold a post-graduate qualification in psychodynamic psychotherapy with distinction from WPF Therapy. I chose to undertake a long, rigorous training in psychodynamic psychotherapy as I believe a thorough grounding in the psychoanalytical approach enhances work at a deeper level, aiming to reach the roots of current problems, promoting long-term personal growth. I practised for several years within the WPF Therapy clinic in London and currently work in private practice in Bromley, Kent, and as an honorary psychotherapist in the NHS.
About psychodynamic psychotherapy
Early in our lives, we learn how to cope with our feelings and experiences in our own unique way. Patterns of relating and coping with distress become familiar and continue to influence us throughout our lives at an unconscious level, affecting our behaviour and relationships at home and work. Sometimes, our coping strategies, and the ways we relate to others, may become problematic. For instance, we may feel overwhelmed by grief, illness or painful events. Relationships may break down. We may begin to feel anxious or depressed. Psychodynamic psychotherapy offers the opportunity to begin to make sense of what underlies our difficulties, come to terms with our losses and discover new perspectives. With the help of a trained professional able to guide us at our own pace, we can begin to disentangle ourselves from the shackles of our past and live a more fulfilling life in the present.
An initial meeting offers you the opportunity to decide whether I am the right person for you at this time and enables me to consider how to best meet your needs. Many people find this experience of being listened to, without judgment, therapeutic in itself. If you would like to talk in confidence, please get in touch by email or phone and I will endeavour to respond as soon as I can.
"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are." C.G. Jung
OnlineI also provide my services online.
Issues often worked with
Initial session fee: £85
Training and qualifications
Since 2000, I have worked in various roles with adults, families and young people from a diversity of cultural and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations and ages, in charities, local authorities and private practice. I have been working as an adult psychotherapist since 2013 and am clinically experienced working with a broad range of issues.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice, Distinction (Uni of Roehampton, 2016)
- Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (WPF Therapy, 2016)
- WPF Certificate in Counselling (2004)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (1999)
- Transitions: Adolescence into adulthood - Working with 18-25 year-olds (The SAP, 2018-2019)
- Foundations of Analytical Psychology: Jungian and Post-Jungian Concepts (The SAP, 2017)
- Certificate in Clinical Assessment (The SAP, 2016)