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 therapists. I work from private rooms in SW7, London.
You can contact me for a free initial meeting of 35 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. In these circumstances I charge a low 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.
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 eleven 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.
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, 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.