Virginia CravenPsychodynamic psychotherapist
These days it can seem difficult to know which way to turn with our worry and anxiety.
It may seem 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 at the moment may be spent managing the everyday responsibilities of family and work while existing in a new and more anxiety provoking and challenging 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 individuals 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 problems, eating disorders, work difficulties 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 a quiet street in Sydenham, however at this time, I am offering easily accessed phone and video sessions.
Please get in touch to discuss anything in more detail.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
I find it is useful to have an initial meeting so that we can find out if I can be of help in your present situation.
This meeting is usually a longer on line or by phone, session of around 70 minutes. The one off cost of this session is £65, payable on the day.
Fees ongoing are between £60 and £70 for a 50 minute session. I have some reduced fee sessions for those on a low income. 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 am qualified to see adults 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.