The healing chair

Many of life’s troubles are rooted in parts of ourselves of which we’re largely unconscious. Like an iceberg, we are aware of difficulties only insofar as they break the surface, which is why it’s possible to struggle with problems for years. The bigger issues are hard to attend to.

My practice is based on psychodynamic psychotherapy, the type of therapy that recognises this truth and provides a safe space to listen to the anxieties, stress, low feelings, psychosomatic and personal struggles that can be provoked. It’s a form of therapy that is carefully focused on what someone wants to bring, whilst also seeking different ways of listening to what those concerns might mean, particularly in terms of future flourishing.

There is, now, a good evidence base for this approach, too. Here’s one useful summary (Shedler, Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy) that highlights not only how psychodynamic psychotherapy is effective but how its benefits continue to unfold after a period of therapy.

Alongside psychotherapy, I have longstanding experience in pastoral and spiritual work. Often, psychotherapy can help unblock issues here, too.

It can also be helpful to explore things at a systemic level, that is, thinking about how problems in life can arise from family histories, places of origin, and other transpersonal concerns.

My private practice is based in two locations, one room near London Bridge, another near Camberwell Green. Therapy is strictly confidential. It can be for a fixed term, perhaps of 12 weeks, or – as is more usual – it can be open-ended. Many people prefer the latter because it allows time for deeper issues to emerge. It is very valuable to keep to a pattern of sessions, meeting at the same time and place each week. The price is typically £80.00 per session, depending on means.

I have also worked at the Maudsley Hospital in south London in a service for people with personality disorders. I trained at WPF Therapy, a leading clinic and institute in London. My professional clinical affiliations are with The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and The Foundation For Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC).

It’s important to feel you can work with a therapist, so do email me with any questions or to arrange an appointment.

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