I work psychoanalytically, with a blend of more contemporary approaches. I question, I challenge thinking and thought processes and connect the past with the issues in the present. Together, we explore the narrative you have been given, the position you take up and work on supporting you to explore the deeper and hidden parts of your unexpressed and traumatised self and to find a narrative which expresses the individual that has been undermined. We work towards growth within and growth between you and others in order to reach a self that is empowered, self authorising and compassionate, confident and self assured. We explore and challenge the aspects of the self that are judgemental, self loathing and self criticising which also addresses the importance of language and the wrongly perceived, negative emotions as tools towards self development and growth.
I am a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. I specialise in the psychological therapy for adults, young adults (over 16 years of age) and the elderly. I am also a ‘training psychoanalyst’ which means I work psychoanalytically with students who are training to become psychotherapists. I work from private rooms in SW3, which is near to 'South Kensington' and 'Knightsbridge' tube stations.
You can contact me for a free initial meeting of 30 minutes.
It is fundamentally important to me that psychological therapies are available to people from all social and economic backgrounds. I therefore use a sliding scale of charges for my fees. This means that I reserve a portion of my practice to those people who are on low income or who are students or psychotherapy students in training. In these circumstances I charge a lower fee for each session. People on higher incomes pay slightly more. I am recognised with various private healthcare companies for those who have healthcare insurance, including AXA and AVIVA
I hold several qualifications from Middlesex University, London: an MA in Psychoanalysis, BA (Hons) and Diploma Dip. R.S.A. I undertook my formal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy training at The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.
I have spent 5 years conducting research at a postgraduate (doctoral) level in the field of eating disorders. I have published work relating to ‘Issues of Identity’ and on ‘Anorexia’.
I have worked for several years in the Outpatient Psychotherapy Department at Ealing Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital.
My 11 years of qualifications and training led to recognised Registration and Membership of the UKCP and the BACP (with MBACP status). This means I am qualified to work as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Counsellor for adults, young adults and the elderly. i have been practicing for 17 years.
As a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, I have worked with troubled, saddened and psychologically ill patients in outpatient settings and in private practice. In my private practice in SW3, you can expect to find a quiet, private and confidential space to talk and to express your self. In therapy, we can explore and uncover the complexity behind the issues which are causing your difficulties, distress and unhappiness. Together we can find meaning and understanding in the difficulties you face and the reasons behind the difficult times you give yourself.
In therapy, I work towards unveiling and promoting a self that is more confident, empowered and assertive, as well as having a capacity for genuine self- compassion, empathy, respect, understanding and self- love. It is here that I quote Pema Chodron:
"The most difficult times for many of us are often the ones we give ourselves"
The sorts of problems I work with:
I see individuals with emotional, behavioural, communication or relationship difficulties. The types of problem I see most often are:
• Depression (including post-natal depression, loss, PTSD)
• Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, pica),
• Self- harm and suicide
• Addictions and substance misuse (drugs, alcohol, food)
• Sexual identity
• Expecting mothers or mothers and babies with emotional difficulties
• Unhappiness and difficulties in and around relationships
• Sleep problems
• Obsessive-compulsive disorder
• Difficulties with social interaction
The initial meeting is free and lasts 30 minutes. Additional time after this is charged for. This gives you the opportunity to meet me and to see if you are happy for us to work together.
After the initial appointment, the first appointment lasts about 1 - 1.5 hours. Ongoing sessions are usually for 1 hour, or longer with prior agreement. Psychoanalytic and psychotherapy students in training, will have the traditional 50 minute sessions.
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.