Christopher Keane

Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Philosophy
Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy – Member of UKCP & Guild of Psychotherapists 

COVID 19 Offering face to face sessions whilst observing government guidelines

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, psychosis, substances misuse, stress, anger, suicide and/or self-harm, obsessive compulsive disorder, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, stress, panic, trauma, or 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, loss, abuse, bullying, childhood/upbringing, career, employment, 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, to listen to your words and try and help you put things back together.

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. I have attended lectures at the Institute of Psychoanalysis and have also completed the academic/taught component of my psychoanalytic training at the Guild of Psychotherapists. Currently, I work as a mental health clinician, in the South London and Maudsley NHS foundation Trust, in a specialist 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. 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 or delusions as an attempt to cope with their life experiences. And lastly, I also see patients privately, in my private practice.

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. Crucial to psychoanalysis is the unconscious and examining this in more detail. 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 unconscious can be looked at by examining speech, fantasies, dreams, or in slips of the tongue and bungled actions. 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. The aim is to listen to people, and not provide standardised advice or instructions. The purpose is to help you think more deeply about the causes of unhappiness, to develop your own authentic ways of responding.

My standard fee is £60 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.