There are a variety of approaches to working in psychological therapies. I am trained in intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy and brief and long-term psychodynamic therapy and dynamic interpersonal therapy.
Psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy is a non-directive talking therapy which aims to help individuals explore more unconscious aspects of their behaviour, thoughts and feelings. By exploring these issues we can come to understand them more, and explore ways in which we could change. Psychotherapy can be brief in duration (up to 24 sessions) offered once a week, focusing on current difficulties. Longer-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy offered three times a week or more may be more suitable to explore how past issues relate to current difficulties, and in particular, repeated patterns of difficulties. You can find out more about psychoanalytic/ psychodynamic psychotherapy and its research evidence base here.
I also offer Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy or DIT which is a time limited and structured psychotherapy, typically delivered over 16 weekly sessions. DIT aims to explore the connection between your depression or anxiety symptoms and your relationships, by identifying a core repetitive pattern of relating to others. This pattern of relating can be traced back to childhood experiences, although the focus will be on current relationships. You can find out more about DIT here.
I am governed by the standards of conduct, performance and ethics of the Health & Care Professions Council, the British Psychological Society and the British Psychoanalytic Council.
Making an appointment
To make an appointment, you can contact me via the contact details below. If I have availability, I will offer you an initial assessment consultation. This may be extended over two sessions. During this assessment I will ask you a number of questions about you, and your background, and what has led you to seek psychotherapy. The assessment will also give you an opportunity to learn about how I work and what you can expect of me. For online sessions, I will email you a questionnaire to complete and return to me in preparation for this initial consultation. Following this assessment, I would be able to offer you options for therapy. If I am not the right person, I will connect you to someone who can help. Therapy sessions are 50-minutes. Sessions are confidential, except in circumstances where there is a threat to your safety or the safety of another person.
Fees for ongoing therapy are assessed on an individual basis and depends on type of therapy and frequency of sessions. I currently have a vacancy for intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy (4 times weekly) for which lower fees are considered. I am a registered provider with most health insurers. Please check with your insurer if I am registered with them, and how many session they will cover.