A psychoanalytic psychotherapist, counsellor and experienced mental health professional in London Bridge, Southwark and Waterloo with a decade of experience working with people suffering from a variety of problems, coming from a variety of backgrounds.
Where do we start? On first meeting we start by thinking in detail about what you want to come and talk about and find out more about it. The initial part of the work is usually speaking about this in as much detail as possible, even if you feel the problem is unclear. From here we need to begin thinking things through and asking those unasked questions - kindly, bravely, with space and time. It is hard to say how long someone will need because everyone needs to go at a different pace. Sometimes it is productive to set a time limit, sometimes not.
What’s my approach? Everyone has an idea of who they are: what is 'me', what do I know about 'my future', 'my past', 'my family' etc. And so anxiety, depression, stress, abuse or even trauma are not just things that happen to people, to be experienced in the same way by everyone. These problems are also about specific places, specific people, specific memories, specific times. When working with people with anxiety, depression, phobias, and most other mental health problems, my approach is specific, not diagnosing with labels or focusing just on general advice about mental health (see for example the charity Mind’s website for good techniques). This means the problems we would work on will be treated in the context of your own life, and as part of your particular view about who you are. What this means in practice is finding a way to get space to think, in order to ask those often difficult unasked questions (which everyone has).
Where am I based? My London Bridge-based psychotherapy practice is in within easy reach of all of Central London, South London. The sessions take place in walking distance of London Bridge station and Borough station, and with easy access from Waterloo, Southwark, Lambeth North, Blackfriars and Elephant and Castle stations.
Psychotherapy is a space to...
explore powerful emotions and thoughts
help inspire creative work
address self-destructive cycles and repetitions
work through trauma
address relationship issues
think about questions you can’t let go of
explore physical symptoms with no medical cause
talk about difficult childhood memories
talk about big life changes you are going through or are coming up
explore why you feel low, depressed or demotivated
provide basic ongoing support for those who need it
Common reasons to visit a psychotherapist
Symptoms with no obvious medical explanations
Memories of sexual abuse
and other more specific issues
Experience and qualifications
Eight years experience as a psychotherapist in private practice
Eight years experience working for a housing organisation as a mental health key worker offering support, counselling and coaching.
Member of UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists)
Member of The Guild of Psychotherapists
Member of European Society of Dissociation and Trauma
Member of College of Psychoanalysts UK
Member of South East London Counselling (SELC)
Other professional psychotherapy trainings at WPF Therapy and the European Society of Trauma and Dissociation
Standard consultation and session fees range between £60 and £100 depending on location, availability and your circumstances. I aim not to overcharge or undercharge: this I consider an important start to the psychotherapy and can be discussed before or at the initial consultation.
I occasionally have space for those who would be overcharged by the fees above so feel free to contact me. I can also suggest another psychotherapist, analyst or counsellor who may have spaces if I do not. Please also see below for information on low cost clinics.