Counselling Psychotherapist in the City of London
As a therapist I believe that we need some one-on-one time with another in order to stop, step back and reflect. Many people come to therapy at a point in their life when they are stuck, thwarted or feel they have stopped living.
I am a psychodynamic practitioner, which means that I am interested in how your past experiences play out and affect your life and relationships today. In therapy we can think about how some internalised experiences can prevent you from living the life you want to live, and together explore other options that can offer solutions.
I have experience in working with a wide range of issues including: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, loss and bereavement and self-harm. However, my speciality lies in working with women affected by long and short term depression, physical, sexual and emotional abuse both in child and adulthood. In a warm, confidential space, we can together explore the past and present experiences that block you from moving forward. Together we can work towards finding ways to break repetitive patterns that hold you back from the changes you would like to see in yourself.
Psychodynamic therapy is an approach that draws from the work of the analytic therapies such as S. Freud and M. Klein, however remains much less intensive in its ways. Psychodynamic therapy intends to hit 'root' and to discover where problems, issues and destructive and disruptive patterns in our behaviour derive from. Like psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy, psychodynamic therapy aims to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness. This then enables individuals to unravel and understand their true, deeply rooted feelings which in turn helps to resolve them. Unlike psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy focuses primarily on immediate and presenting problems and attempts to find quicker solutions.
Psychodynamic therapy provides an empathic, non-judgmental and supportive environment which helps the person develop and progress.
OUR INITIAL CONSULTATION
I offer an initial consultation to see how we might work together, as well as to give you a taste of the therapy I provide. Our initial consultation will be spread over two 50-minute sessions where I will ask you some questions to get an idea of your background and current situation. This will also give you a chance to ask me any questions you might have about therapy and what our work together may entail.
If you don’t feel psychodynamic therapy is for you, we can explore other options and therapies more suitable to your preferences.
One of the most salient features of therapy is confidentiality. Any information, issues and problems you share about your life belong to you and do not leave the premises of our sessions. Confidentiality helps build the relationships and develop trust.
Psychodynamic therapy is a form of therapy that takes place once, weekly. Each week we will meet at the same time and day we have agreed to. The duration of our sessions will be 50 minutes.
CLINICAL AND SUPERVISORY EXPERIENCE
I have a wealth of experience working in both the private and public sector, offering individual psychotherapy to adult clients with diverse personal and cultural backgrounds. I facilitate therapy groups for women experiencing depression, anxiety and relationship issues.
I work clinically in inner London schools where I hold child-led therapy to primary school children and support parents and carers. This includes working within a multidisciplinary team of social workers, psychologists, family therapists and school professionals. I have advanced knowledge of Safeguarding and Child Protection policies and procedures.
I have experience in working with individuals with offender backgrounds and complex mental health needs including schizophrenia and personality disorders.
I currently supervise the clinical practice of trainee counsellors working towards their professional qualifications.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
I trained and qualified as a Counselling Psychotherapist at MSc level from the University of Edinburgh. There I specialised in working with women of all ages and backgrounds facing issues of depression, anxiety, self-harm, sexual abuse, domestic violence and neglect.
I have a BSc in Psychology from the University of Bath and I have completed the Course Studies at the Institute of Psychoanalysis.
I am qualified under the professional body of BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and practice within their ethical framework.
Our initial consultation as well as our ongoing sessions will cost £65. However the fee is negotiable and can be subject to your financial situation.
I am based in two locations both centrally situated
My consulting room on Lombard Street, EC3V 9LJ is a 3 minute walk from Bank Station and a 4 minute walk from Monument Station.
My practice at the Art of Thought is located on Commercial Street in Shoreditch, E1 6BJ and is a 2 minute walk from Shoreditch High Street Station and an 8 minute walk from Liverpool Street Station.
Please leave your details and I will be in touch as promptly as possible.