Besides my training as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, my clinical training also includes a BSc in Forensic Psychology and extensive experience of working in female and male prisons across the UK. I’ve also worked within The Awareness Centre’s low-cost service in Clapham South offering long-term therapy and have been employed to offer shorter-term counselling with NHS patients at a GP surgery in Kennington. Now, I work as a Telephone Counsellor for an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) organisation as well as supporting private clients by offering private Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy to young people and adults who can benefit from this form of therapy. I am a member of the Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy (AGIP) in North London, where I see clients twice to three times a week on a long-term basis. This gives me a wealth of experience.
I work with individual people and groups. Often people come to therapy to seek support with a presenting problem or issue that they are struggling with. My approach is to see them as an individual, with a unique history and unique personality. Even within group psychotherapy, I will listen to your individual experience of the group and how you feel about being in the group. I’m interested in encouraging clients to talk freely about their problems, and to describe exactly what is on their mind. There is never too much or too little to say, and I will work hard to help create the conditions that support you to encourage exploration of the self.
As a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, I consider how the unconscious mind can affect our daily interactions and relationships. That’s something I will consider as we work together. I am also influenced by Attachment Theory. That is, how previous relationships, particularly the relationships we had as a young child shape and influence our current relationships. I will be listening to the ways you feel and think about relationships in your life, including the therapist-client relationship between us, so that you have greater awareness and insight which has been shown to support positive change. A positive therapist-client relationship is an extremely important aspect of the healing process in therapy. So, alongside my theoretical training in Neuroscience, Psychology and Psychotherapy, I will be attentive to developing a supportive and non-judgemental relationship in which you experience being heard.
Issues that clients bring to therapy vary. I have worked with a great many individuals who have faced issues and concerns including depression, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, personality disorders, stress, childhood trauma and separation, abuse, identity, relationship and interpersonal problems, gender and sexuality problems, loss and bereavement, anger and emotional difficulties, migration, acculturation and deportation issues. Whilst I am confident at supporting clients with a vast range of issues, I also see each client as a person, not as an issue. I want to hear how you experience your particular difficulty, which is always unique for each client. I will also consider how your experience is impacted by cultural factors. As a therapist with a
strong knowledge of cultural differences and vast experience of working with people from different cultural backgrounds, I am well placed to understand you and your experience.
Whilst some people may feel unsure about what Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is, I hope that this description gives you some insight into the training, experience and ways in which I approach therapy. I’d be happy to answer any questions you have.