Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy – Member of BACP, UKCP & Guild of Psychotherapists
Masters & PGDip in Psychology
BA (Hons) in Philosophy
I offer psychoanalytical psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to individuals experiencing difficulties in their lives, which may take the form of depression and anxiety. 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, bullying, childhood/upbringing, lack of purpose, career/employment difficulties, identity, and emotional difficulties. These may be underlying what we call symptoms and suffering. I provide a safe and containing space to explore these issues, via short/long term and open-ended therapeutic work.
A psychoanalytical approach differs from other treatments, in that it takes an explorative approach, looking inwards to understand what has happened for the individual and continues to be repeated in their lives. This consists in taking a curious and not-knowing stance, creating a space to think and reflect, whilst examining memories, one’s history, and what has led up to them seeking therapy.
Psychoanalysis is a talking cure, which places importance on the therapeutic relationship. It 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 and flexible approach, without judgement, based on attentive listening to your words.
At the beginning, there will be an initial consultation, and from there some preliminary sessions, leading to the beginnings of therapy if appropriate and you choose to proceed. My standard fee is £75 a session. I am happy to work with a sliding scale fee where appropriate, also keeping a limited number of low-cost places for people on low incomes. Sessions last up to 50 minutes, and can range in frequency from once, twice or three times a week, which will be thought about regarding your need, alongside what is possible for you. All this can be explored at the beginning.
To find out more and/or to arrange an appointment, please contact the centre on 02084665671.