Barbara Cawdron

London SE9 English
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Barbara Cawdron

London SE9 English
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My Approach

Starting therapy can be daunting. Stepping into the therapy room, either physically or online, is to enter a different sort of space, and a different sort of conversation. You may be looking for therapy because you feel lost, or at a loss, stuck and unsure how to proceed, often overwhelmed . The invitation of therapy is to take usually 50 minutes a week to explore the unique world that you inhabit, the relationships and experiences that have impacted on you, the identities that you have taken up and those that have been given to you by others. In short, how you have grown to understand yourself and the ways that others see you. And to do that in the presence of a listening other person, going at your own pace focusing on your concerns. Therapy has to feel safe enough, and yet also challenging enough, to allow for this revealing. It can involve speaking the never-before spoken, and the never-before thought. It is done in the presence of another person who can hear and accept those thoughts. Through that process of exploring, revealing and mapping, not only the obstacles but also the ways through can become clearer.

About Me

My particular form of listening and thinking is informed by my training firstly as a Therapeutic Counsellor at the University of Greenwich and later as a Psychoanalyst at the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. I worked for 18 years as a counsellor and psychoanalytic psychotherapist in the NHS, as well as having a private therapy practice. I work with people whose suffering shows itself in many different ways: with those who have a particular symptom such as anxiety, depression or eating disorder; with those who have difficulties in relationships; with people who have a known history of abuse and trauma. And also with people who may not yet have words for what their suffering.

I have learnt from this work and from my training the value of paying close attention to the unique words and experiences that you bring, to avoid imposing my own assumptions or reaching for an off-the-shelf solution. This involves sitting with a high degree of uncertainty at times, but the value of it is that any solutions or ways through will make sense to you, that you can live with and be sustained by them. It is not easy to say in advance how long this process will take but I am happy to work both short-term and longer-term with people.

I work with

  • Groups
  • Individuals
  • Private healthcare referrals

Special Interests

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.

I offer supervision and have supervised counselling and clinical psychology students, psychiatry trainees, and trainees in psychoanalytic training.
I teach at the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and am currently a member of its Training Committee. I have taught student clinical psychologists and trainee counsellors at, variously, the University of Greenwich, Goldsmiths’ University, and Canterbury Christchurch University, lecturing in psychodynamic counselling and facilitating reflective practice groups.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy

London Office

London SE9 6TA

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£65 with some low-cost spaces

UKCP College

  • Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College (CPJAC)

Barbara Cawdron

London SE9

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