I offer individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy
My consulting room is close to London Bridge and Borough Stations. I also offer virtual sessions by phone, zoom, FaceTime and so forth.
What prompts someone to seek therapy at a particular time in life varies from person to person. Sometimes there are life events that need talking through - a bereavement perhaps, or relationship issues. At other times there may be specific symptoms that want exploring - compulsions, particularities around eating, social anxiety. There may also be no specificity, but a general sense of sadness or unease, or of feeling confronted by daunting life questions such as who you are, what you want.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy will not provide stock answers or dictate solutions to your difficulties. It can't, since it takes individuals on a case-by-case basis, where each person’s predicament is considered to be relevant to their own history in unique and meaningful ways. It will instead provide a space to talk, to relate to another person who will listen, carefully and without judgement. Through this process, it seeks to aid you to listen to yourself from new and productive angles.
Developing a sense of curiosity about the problems that motivate you to seek therapy is therefore an important aspect of the work. What is really happening? Where does it come from? Can things change? Thinking through these questions can be challenging, but can ultimately open the door to long lasting change.
What is psychoanalysis?
What is Psychoanalysis?
Psychoanalysis is a 'talking cure' founded by Viennese clinician Sigmund Freud in the 1890s, in response to puzzling somatic symptoms brought in by his patients. It has since spread into a movement that has influenced many corners of culture and society worldwide.
Psychoanalysis is predicated on taking the idea of the unconscious seriously: wishes and impressions that motivate us often conflict with our conscious desires or self-apprehension. Because of this conflict, we flee from knowledge of what really drives us, which is compelled to 'speak' via symptoms.
Psychoanalysis involves talking about the past, about relationships, about seemingly insignificant everyday events that bring up something troubling, and about dreams and fantasies. While some treatments aim at removing symptoms immediately, psychoanalysis aims at giving you space to consider the causes of your dismay, and to come up with your own unique solutions.
How frequently and for how long?
The duration of each session may vary, since it will depend upon what is spoken about, rather than by the clock. You can expect a session to last between 30-50 minutes. The frequency of sessions will depend upon your particular circumstances, but a minimum of once per week is advised. The duration of the therapy is different for each person - you may feel better after just a few sessions or the analysis may take years and go through various phases.
My standard fee is £80 a session, with a limited number of reduced fee appointments of between £40-£80 available. Missed sessions are due in full, unless arranged two weeks in advance.
If you would like to meet and talk about the possibility of working together, you can email me to set up an initial consultation. This is a chance to talk a bit about your decision to seek psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and to discuss any questions you may have. The choice of who to work with is an important one, as it will impact the work done. If we are not well suited, I would be happy to refer you to a colleague or advise on where you might find an alternative practitioner.