Hampstead Heath

What happens in therapy?

Counselling and psychotherapy involve a series of regular meetings in which you and your therapist work together to explore and understand your difficulties. It's a collaborative process, tailored to your individual needs. I won't give advice, but instead I will think with you about your life and help you find your own solutions. If you are in immediate crisis and need urgent help, I would urge you to contact your GP, the Samaritans or visit your local A&E.

Therapy sessions last 50 minutes and offer the opportunity to reflect on how you think, feel, relate to others, and respond to life events. In a professional and supportive setting, you can discuss past experiences, current challenges or hopes for the future. Confidentiality is paramount and you can talk safely without fear of being judged, criticised, rejected or blamed.

Reaching out for help is a step toward making positive changes. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with someone in a safe environment can help you feel supported and less alone. Counselling and psychotherapy are a chance for you to gain self-awareness, explore your potential and live more fully.

Working together

I work from a psychodynamic and psychoanalytic perspective, based on the principle that problems and distress in the present may be related to early experiences. Understanding these can help you gain fresh insight into your life and find the best way forward.

The client/therapist relationship is an important aspect of the therapeutic work. Through talking and thinking together, we will work toward a deeper understanding of your feelings, experiences, relationships, and behaviours or traits that trouble or inhibit you. This can bring relief and open up the possibility of changing unhelpful patterns.
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Counselling or Psychotherapy?

I offer counselling and psychotherapy on a short-term and longer, open-ended basis. We will discuss your needs and the best treatment options for you over the first few sessions.

Counselling can be effective in focusing on a specific problem, event or situation. Sessions are usually once-weekly, and treatment can be brief, medium-term or open-ended.

Psychotherapy is more appropriate for complex and long-standing issues, which may have origins in childhood. As more deep-seated issues take time to untangle, psychotherapy tends to be a longer-term and more intensive treatment. Clients often opt for two or more sessions per week. The greater intensity of psychotherapy helps to facilitate the therapeutic process and promote lasting change.

Taking the first step

The Next Step

You can contact me by telephone 07881 951741 or email for more information, or to arrange an initial consultation. Your enquiry is strictly confidential. You do not need a referral from your GP to make an appointment.

The purpose of our first meeting, usually about 90 minutes, is to discuss your needs and expectations, and whether therapy could be helpful for you. If you decide to continue, we will agree a regular time to meet each week.

Fees

Fees start at £65 for a 50-minute session. I also reserve a limited number of more affordable spaces for people with low incomes. The initial 90-minute consultation is £85.

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