As a relationally-oriented psychotherapist I will explore with you your unique life experience and the patterns in your relationships, to help you make sense of what troubles you and to change things for the better.
People are fundamentally social beings, yet at times it can feel impossible to be with others. In intimate relationships, at work, in our families, in social situations, we can feel alone and isolated, separated by a chasm of experience from those we wish to be close to... Depression, loss, anxiety, the legacies of trauma and abuse, a sense of inadequacy or feelings of competitiveness can overwhelm us and fracture our bonds with others.
As a group analyst, I see patients in groups, and I believe that groups are very powerful places for therapeutic transformation. I also see people individually, as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, once or twice a week.
My approach is psychosocial - paying attention to both individual and family histories and experience, and to the world we live in now, including the social pressures, inequalities and traumas that can be associated with gender, class, race and sexuality. Strongly influenced by psychoanalysis, I believe that unconscious processes often sabotage our best intentions and undermine our stated goals and principles.Unlike many therapists I do not understand all the problems my patients face as located solely within themselves, or as necessarily only rooted in early childhood - although this is often very important.
I am particularly interested in working with people who are facing blockages in their creativity and thinking or writing processes, or who are struggling with work-related stress and with work-life balance issues. I also offer consultancy to organisations, groups and teams to help them identify and remedy the inter-personal dynamics and problems that disrupt and hamper effective working relationships.
I offer group analysis, individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy and consultancy in central London (Warren Street).
I work with adults of all ages, from a wide-range of backgrounds and nationalities, who are living diverse lives and struggling with many different problems. I am a Member of the Institute of Group Analysis, and a Full Clinical Member of the College of Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am a Full Member of the Group Analytic Society (International). I have worked in the NHS in inner London, as well as in private practice, and I am also Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Science at UCL.