what is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy can seem mysterious and there are many ways in which different professionals express what this process means to them. In my approach, I believe psychotherapy facilitates a process of exploration, which through a safe, confidential and non-judgmental relationship can aid self-development and encourage growth, which can underpin long lasting change.
The foundation for psychotherapy, is the relationship which is formed between you and me. The creation of this non-judgmental, confidential space, allows for a safe and contained exploration of the self.
As we journey through your experiences; past, future and present, patterns can be recognised. We can bring to light aspects of oneself that cause distress and unhappiness. This in-depth process is unique to each person and the therapeutic relationship that develops.
My orientation to psychotherapy is an integration of relational psychodynamic ideas, attachment psychoanalytic psychotherapy and existential psychotherapy. This means that I am interested in exploring with you, your thoughts and feelings, your assumptions, values and beliefs. Together we explore your sense of self, your relationships with other people and relationship to the world in general.
I am a registered member of the BACP and an insured psychotherapist. I work in a NHS London hospital in secondary care, and also at a highly specialised Clinic for Dissociative Disorders, as both a psychotherapist and support therapist. I have private practice offices in Soho and Islington.
My main training was at Regent’s University and The University of Liverpool. I have also attended courses at The Bowlby Centre and the International Society for Trauma and Dissociation. I am committed to on going training and attend various courses and professional development seminars. I am an active member of the Society for Existential Analysis. I also hold a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from University of Liverpool.
My particular area of interest is Dissociative Identity Disorder, and working with complex trauma. My current research, being undertaken at Regents University, is exploring a psychotherapists first encounter with a D.I.D client, which aims to add to the discussion and thought around this often under researched phenomena.
Below are some typical areas that I work with in private practice. I see a breadth of clients, from varying backgrounds.
- depression, anxiety and stress
- grief, loss and bereavement
- trauma, neglect, deprivation, physical sexual and mental abuse
- addictions (food, drugs, alcohol, sex and gambling etc.)
- identity, meaning and purpose
- relationship and interpersonal issues
- disorders (Dissociative identity disorder, dissociative disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders)
Sessions are held either once or twice a week, and last for 50 mins per session. Your slot will be reserved for you each week on the same day, at the same time, at my office on Greek Street, Soho, London which is a 5 minute walk from Tottenham Court Road tube station.
I also offer 100 min sessions, for particular clients. This can be discussed in our initial meeting or at any point during our work.
Twice weekly sessions can be arranged on the request of the client.
Where possible, I prefer to work long-term with clients and ask clients to consider a long-term commitment before our initial consultation.
I offer a free, informal initial consultation (50 mins) to any new clients. Thereafter our agreed cost is paid weekly.
Standard rate: £75-£100 per session
Low income rate: Set to a sliding scale - please enquire
(all low fee slots are currently taken, please email me to join the waiting list)
I also offer Skype and telephone psychotherapy sessions.
My waiting list is currently open to both NHS and self-referrals. To self-refer please use the contact form on the contact page.
Soho Office - 47 Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 9UF
ISLINGTON OFFICE - 338 City Road, Islington, EC1V 2PY
+44 (0) 7377 683407
When using the contact form, please tell me briefly about yourself and outline what has brought you to psychotherapy.