What is psychotherapy?

Many of us find ourselves repeating unhelpful patterns of behaviour and thinking that, try as we might, we find ourselves unable to stop. Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis is a collaborative process whereby, through a series of regular, reliable sessions, we work together to explore and understand your difficulties. There is no formula, and I treat each person as a unique individual. This kind of therapy is for people who wish to explore their feelings and experiences in the medium and long term. If you are in crisis, I would urge you to contact your GP, NHS Direct or the Samaritans.

Therapy sessions

When you first make contact, we will fix an appointment for one or more initial consultations, the aim of which will be for us to think together about your needs, and decide whether psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis might be helpful to you. Then we'll both take a bit of time to reflect upon this discussion. The next step might involve my offering you regular appointments, or referring you to a more suitable service.

If we decide to work together, I will offer you regular 50-minute appointments - at times and at a frequency that we agree upon mutually.

My qualifications

I am trained in both psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, have many years experience in private practice and have also worked in the NHS. I undertook my first professional training at WPF Counselling & Psychotherapy, and then trained in psychoanalysis at the Institute of Psychoanalysis, arguably the most respected centre of excellence in the provision of psychoanalytic training in the world. My previous career in literature and the media has given me a breadth of experience of other professions which, I believe, enhances my practice and understanding of patients from a wide variety of backgrounds.

I am a full professional member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and have a full-time psychoanalytic practice in central London, where I am a co-director of the Margaret Street Practice, and in Acton, west London.

Depression with anxiety is experienced by 9.2 per cent
of people in Britain

Source: Office for National Statistics
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