Deciding to seek the help of a therapist is a big step.
Your life may have been upset by personal or professional crisis or perhaps you have lived for some time with unhappiness or maybe just a sense that you are missing something. I offer a confidential and non-judgemental space to think about your experience.
I work with a wide range of emotional, behavioural and relationship issues, including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, bereavement and other forms of loss, relationship difficulties, confidence issues, issues with attachment, life transitions, hopelessness and loneliness, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, risky behaviours, sexual difficulties, abuse, shame, guilt, anger, fear, phobias, compulsions and personality disorders.
Having a confidential space to talk can bring enormous relief in itself and simply articulating what's on your mind to somebody trained to listen can help create a meaningful shift. But if we work together, I will also be noticing patterns and making links, and I will be interested in how your past might affect how you experience the world now and are able to face what life throws at you.
I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy, which means that as we think together about your experiences, thoughts and feelings, I will be paying particular attention to what may be going on unconsciously.
Many of us already 'know' what has happened to us; what may be lacking is true emotional understanding of how we are affected.
It is this that leads to lasting change.
It can be daunting working out what sort of therapy might be helpful to you, let alone which individual therapist to make contact with. Personal fit with your therapist is important and we would start with a brief phone conversation, followed by ideally two consultation sessions, a week or two apart, for you to get a feel for me and my approach.
If we agree to continue, sessions would usually be weekly, each lasting for 50 minutes. I recommend meeting in-person, but we can also discuss working online or by telephone as required.
The process can take some time and often therapy is open-ended, but short-term or time-limited therapy may also be appropriate and we can think about this in our initial consultations.
My standard fee for a 50 minute session is £100. I also have a limited number of places at a lower fee for students or people on lower incomes and this can be discussed in our initial phone call.
My consulting room at the Margaret Street Practice is a few minutes walk from Oxford Circus tube station in central London.
Margaret Street Practice
39 Margaret Street
Please get in touch confidentially by phone or email using the contact details below.
Training and qualifications
I have an MA from Oxford University and a Postgraduate Diploma in psychodynamic psychotherapy, having trained at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. I am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists.
I have previously held psychotherapy positions in the charity mental health sector and two NHS Trusts. Alongside my private practice, I currently work as a psychotherapist in the Trauma Service at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.