I provide individual psychotherapy for a wide range of difficulties, including depression, grief and loss, difficulties related to sexuality and gender, struggles with feelings of shame and guilt, low self-image and self-esteem, anxiety and stress, and difficulties with life transitions, migration and belonging.
There are a variety of approaches to working in psychological therapies. I am trained in both brief and long-term interventions, including dynamic interpersonal therapy, brief and long-term psychodynamic therapy, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
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 two or three times a week 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 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 page on this website. If I have availability, I will offer you an initial assessment session. 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. The assessment may need to be conducted over two sessions. 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 at the same time each week. More intensive therapy (3 to 4 sessions per week) is also available. Sessions are confidential, except in circumstances where there is a threat to your safety or the safety of another person.
My fees are £100 for the initial consultation. For inidvidual psychotherapy, fees will be discussed and agreed at the initial meeting, as fees will depend on frequency (number of sessions per week) and duration. I reserve a limited number of spaces for psychotherapy at a reduced fee. I currently have a vacancy for intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy at 3 or 4 sessions per week.
I am a registered provider with most health insurers. Please check with your insurer if I am registered with them, and what fees they will cover, as many do not cover full therapy fees.
Does it work?
Published research evidence suggests that psychoanalytic/psychodynamic psychotherapy is an effective psychological treatment. You can read more about published studies and reviews of evidence here.