I am a fully qualified psychoanalytic psychotherapist with consulting rooms in N19 and N2. I offer a confidential, non-judgmental space for individuals to talk and think about their concerns and difficulties. I have experience in the NHS and charitable sectors, as well as in private practice.
Some people come to therapy to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their emotions and their relationships with others. Some look for therapy when life becomes more difficult; they may be experiencing symptoms such as anxiety or depression, sometimes without knowing why. Many feel stuck in situations they don't want to be in and don't feel they have chosen, finding themselves prone to repeated patterns of problematic or destructive behaviour. Others look for therapy simply because they are struggling with the challenges life can throw up for everyone at one time or another - in personal or family relationships, at work, when a new baby comes along, after a separation, when health problems arise, when someone important dies, and for many other reasons. Indeed life can be difficult and its challenges wide-ranging.
What is psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and how can it help?
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is an approach grounded in Freud's so-called 'talking cure'. It holds that through talking to someone who is trained to listen and think with us in a particular way, we can gradually come to know and better understand ourselves and the 'hidden forces' influencing a good deal of what we do. This form of therapy offers a regular, reliable, non-directive space to talk about and reflect on whatever is on your mind with your therapist - without judgment and in complete confidence. It is not a quick-fix, but can bring deep-seated and lasting shifts both in how we experience and relate to ourselves, and in how we conduct our lives and our relationships with others.
The work is an evolving process based around regular sessions taking place at the same time each week, each lasting fifty minutes. Sessions may be once-weekly, twice-weekly or more frequent. Over time the many thoughts, feelings and imaginings underlying our more conscious experiences gradually find their way to the surface, bringing increased awareness and understanding of the unknown layers of our minds. With this comes the possibility of freedom from the powerful internal forces which can at times exert a problematic hold on us.
Where do I start?
If you you feel that psychotherapy could be helpful for you, please contact me for an initial conversation over the telephone. This will allow you to give a brief indication of why you are considering therapy, and unless it is clear that a different intervention or approach is likely to be more helpful for you (in which case I can offer suggestions about what might be more beneficial) I will offer an appointment for us to meet for an initial consultation. This consultation is carried out over one or two sessions, allowing your particular situation to be considered carefully before any decision to start therapy is made.
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Training and qualifications
My professional training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy was undertaken at the British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF) in north-west London. I have a BA from Oxford University and an MA in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust / UEL. I am a full member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF) and accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), the registrant body for my professional member organisation, registrant no. 20927.
My fee is £60 per session.
I retain a portion of my practice for patients on a low income and am therefore sometimes able to offer a reduced fee, for which I operate a sliding scale depending on your financial situation. This would be discussed at the initial consultation.