Virginia CravenPsychodynamic psychotherapist
At the moment it can seem difficult to know which way to turn with our worries and anxiety.
It may feel that the world is so full of tragedy and difficulty that our own personal problems pale into insignificance and unimportance. We are told so often to ‘keep calm and carry on’.
Much of our time may be spent managing the everyday responsibilities of family and work while existing and managing ourselves in a worrying and anxiety provoking environment. Maybe we take time out for physical health and fitness but what about our mental and emotional fitness?
Therapy offers a place to think about mental fitness, a unique place to focus on you. A regular opportunity to think about what is troubling you and be listened to by someone who is not involved in the rest of your life.
I offer a safe space in which you can share your thoughts and feelings. I will listen and think with you in a collaborative and therapeutic relationship.
I have had the privilege of listening to many people over the years who have brought different worries and concerns that they wish to think about. My therapeutic style is warm and relational. There is no right or wrong way to be during sessions. This is a time and a place for you to talk about whatever you need to.
In my work, some of the things I have most often heard about relate to anxiety, stress, depression, relationship challenges and difficulties, eating disorders, work worries and panic attacks. I also have a specialist interest in birth related issues and tocophobia.
You may have experienced some of these or wish to think about something entirely different. There is no need to tick a box.
I am based in a quiet street in Sydenham, seeing clients in person, as well as speaking on the phone and via Zoom.
Please get in touch to find out more.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
I find it is helpful to have an initial consultation so that we can find out if I can be of help in your present situation.
This first meeting costs £80 for couples and £95 for couples. Ongoing sessions cost between £75 and £95. Fees are discussed at the first meeting before any commitment is made.
Training and qualifications
Following some voluntary work, I decided to explore a psychotherapy training.
Initially I undertook one year's foundation course and then committed to a four year training at WPF Therapy in London, gaining a Certificate in Counselling Skills and a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory & Practice validated by the University of Roehampton.
This qualification is accredited by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I have also completed a relationship therapy course with Debbie Winterbourne Couples Counselling.
I see individuals and couples on a once weekly basis and I undertake regular clinical supervision and maintain my continuous professional development.
I am an accredited member of the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and the FPC (Foundation for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and subscribe to their code of ethics.