Susanna HailstonePsychodynamic psychotherapist
Hello. I'm a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, specialising in adult and older adult mental health. Whether on a short term or an open ended basis, I work with individuals to help understand and resolve a wide range of emotional difficulties including depression and anxiety; abuse and bereavement; phobias and compulsive behaviours; and problems with relationships.
I practice psychodynamically, which means helping people to work through particularly complex and often unexplored issues, problems and fears. In psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy, past experiences are as important as present ones. Our early lives – especially our childhood and relationships with parents and family – shape our personalities, our way of thinking and behaving, and how we relate to other people. And sometimes those thoughts, feelings and patterns which start early can become the cause of problems later on.
If you think that I might be able to help you, the first step would be a brief telephone conversation followed by meeting up for an initial consultation in either the City of London (5 minutes from Bank station) or in Balham. The idea here would be to talk about what has brought you for therapy, to begin thinking about what counselling or psychotherapy might be like for you, and to decide how you and I might work together. This could be on a focused short-term basis (typically 12-24 sessions) or on a longer term basis, depending on your needs and means.
As well as private practice, I work as an honorary psychotherapist in the NHS and as a counsellor at a community mental health charity, and I have a particular interest in psychiatric diagnoses such as personality disorders. I hold an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their code of ethics, I have regular supervision and believe in the importance of enhancing my training and knowledge base.
Issues often worked with
I operate a sliding fee scale which is dependent on time of appointment and what someone can afford to pay and the appointment time.
Training and qualifications
MSc Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy, Birkbeck University of London