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Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy – Member of UKCP & Guild of Psychotherapists
Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Philosophy Masters & Postgraduate diploma in Psychology
I offer psychoanalytical psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to individuals experiencing difficulties and suffering in their lives. This may take the form of what could be called depression, anxiety, psychosis, mental health crisis, anger, stress, substance misuse, and concerns about one’s personality or emotions. My focus is on the underlying questions one might want to explore connected to their difficulties and unique experiences. These may have to do with their relationships, family dynamics, loss, abuse, bullying, childhood/upbringing, career/employment difficulties, identity, and sexuality and/or gender. These latter questions may be underlying what we call symptoms and distress, and a sense that things are too much to bear and one is losing control. I provide a safe and containing space to explore these issues, providing stabilisation where necessary, and short and long term therapeutic work.
My background is in mental health, working in the NHS, charity services, and in criminal justice. I have studied different therapeutic approaches; however, I favour psychoanalysis. Currently, I work as a mental health practitioner in an NHS mental health trust, within a specialist community psychology team. Here, I work with women and men who experience difficulties regulating their emotions, as well as mentalising and thinking, which some people may call personality disorder. Some of these patients have experienced difficult and abusive upbringings, impacting on later attachments and relationships, as well as suffering from substance misuse and violence. I also combine this with providing psychoanalysis to service users in the charity, MIND, in their Psychosis Therapy Project, where I see service users who may be experiencing hallucinations and delusions.
Psychoanalysis differs from other treatments, in that it takes an explorative approach, looking inwards to understand what is happening for the individual, and what is being repeated and remaining unchanged in one’s life. Psychoanalysis is a talking cure, which places importance on the therapeutic relationship. Typically, psychoanalysis requires longer therapeutic work, and in a way, works backwards, focusing on moments in one’s life and memories to make sense of the present. Sometimes there can be a conflict between what is consciously known and what is unconsciously wished for, which can cause all sorts of problems in someone’s life. The hope, in psychoanalysis, is that this can help people understand something about what has brought them to where they are in them seeking help. Psychoanalysis does not provide standardised advice or instructions; instead, its purpose is to help you think more deeply about the causes of unhappiness, to develop your own authentic ways of responding. It is a unique, flexible approach – without judgement, based on attentive listening to the particularity of the subject and their relation to suffering and meaning.
My standard fee is £75 a session; and sessions can last up to 50 minutes. Sessions can range in frequency from once, to twice or three times a week. I am happy to work with a sliding scale fee where appropriate. I also keep a limited number of low-cost places for people on low incomes. In the preliminary sessions, we can explore this more, as well as thinking about how I can help you and what you’re looking for going forward.
To find out more and/or to arrange an appointment, please contact the centre on 02084665671.