Sophie CorkePsychodynamic psychotherapist
I am an experienced individual and couple psychodynamic psychotherapist, currently offering sessions on Zoom or over the phone. Many people feel uncertain about starting sessions on Zoom, however generally the individuals and couples who have moved to or started remote sessions during the pandemic have been surprised at how quickly they feel comfortable with meeting in this way. Some even feel freer to speak about particular issues when they are not meeting in person. I offer a free initial chat on the phone to discuss the issues you bring and whether they will be suitable for working remotely.
You and your partner may be feeling disillusioned or unhappy in some way with your relationship. There may frequent rows, a loss of sexual desire, or a general feeling of having lost touch with one another. There may have been a precipitating event, such as an affair, which has brought difficulties into the open, and which may have come as a shock to one of you, or the source of your unhappiness may feel harder to pin down. You are likely to each be feeling misunderstood by the other and to find it hard to see your partner's point of view, believing them to be in the wrong.
Discussing your difficulties in therapy can help each partner to begin to hear the other again and this often leads couples to reconnect and to rediscover the joy in their relationship or to find it for the first time. Therapy can help you to reassess your relationship and what you want from it. You may decide to stay together or to separate. Either way you should be able to make this decision with an increased understanding of yourself and of your partner.
The psychodynamic approach is non-judgmental and helps couples to understand how their own individual histories and the history of their relationship have brought them to this point. In this process couples often find they uncover thoughts and feeling about the other and about the relationship that they were unaware of, giving them a new perspective.
Some of the reasons that couples come to therapy:
- Bereavement or financial loss.
- Loss of desire or other sexual difficulties.
- One or both partners having an affair.
- Issues around having a family. Including miscarriage, infertility, or where one partner feels shut out by the other after children are born.
- Dealing with separateness and difference.
- Illness and/or depression of one partner.
- Separation and divorce.
- Issues around children leaving home or around retirement.
- Wanting to improve a particular area of the relationship.
I have wide-ranging experience of working with adults of all ages from diverse backgrounds and cultures. I aim to build a trusting relationship in which the difficulties you bring can be explored in a non-judgmental setting. Together we will look at your current issues in the light of your past experiences and relationships, so that connections begin to be made. A greater understanding of some of your unconscious thoughts and feelings can help you to feel less stuck and to increase your compassion for yourself and for others in your life.
Some of the issues that people bring to individual therapy include:
- Anxiety and/or depression.
- Relationship issues, issues around sex.
- Childhood or more recent trauma.
- Lack of confidence.
- Dealing with illness, either your own or of someone close to you.
- Feeling generally dissatisfied or stuck.
WORKING REMOTELY DURING THE PANDEMIC
Currently, as a result of the pandemic, I am working with both couples and individuals remotely, either on Zoom or over the phone.
In most cases I will expect to go back to meeting for sessions in person when the situation allows. However some may choose to continue their therapy remotely, especially where it is geographically difficult for them to come to one of my consulting rooms.
Issues often worked with
Individual Therapy: £60-£70
Couple Psychotherapy: £90-£110
I am willing to discuss my fee, and in many cases have offered lower fees to those whose incomes may have been affected by the pandemic.
Concessions: I hold some low cost places for students and those on low incomes.
Training and qualifications
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Therapy - WPF Therapy- validated by Roehampton University. ( 4 year training).
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Couples - Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. - (2 year training).
I am a member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy (FPC) and Counselling and of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists(TSP). I am involved in organising continuing professional development for FPC members and so keep up on current psychoanalytic and psychodynamic developments.
I also belong to the BACP and BPC and abide by the Codes of Ethics of these accrediting bodies.
Alongside my private practice I have several years experience of working in specialist psychotherapy units in the NHS. These provide long-term psychodynamic therapy people with complex issues and personality disorders. I have also worked for IAPT, providing short-term therapy within the NHS.