- Phone number
- 07800 918518
- Flexible hours available
When I do, I would have capacity from Monday to Wednesday at various times between 8am to 8pm. If you need an earlier appointment, due to work or other commitments, please do ask as I may be able to accommodate.
About me and my therapy practice
I am a clinically trained psychodynamic psychotherapist, qualified to Master of Science (MSc) level through a constituent training body of the University of London. As an adjunct to private practice, I teach first-year clinical trainees on the MSc psychotherapy course at Birkbeck, University of London. Also, I am currently in the second year of study on the Doctor of Clinical Practice (Res) doctorate at the University of Exeter.
Previously, I worked in NHS primary care, through a London-based GP practice. For several years, I helped patients from many backgrounds, nationalities, ethnicities, religions, genders, and sexual orientations with the internal, and often, unconscious conflicts that have negatively impacted their emotional and mental well-being and that prevented them from living their everyday life to the fullest.
I now run a private practice, based near Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire where I work with adults in person across Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.
I have an up-to-date enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate, which I am happy to provide if you wish. I have regular clinical supervision with a BAPPS certified psychotherapist, and I attend continuing professional development (CPD) courses to the required level.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy explores the capacity for a person’s unconscious to negatively impact conscious, everyday thoughts, emotions, and behaviour. What is understood, however, is that they don’t quite feel themselves, out of control, or that something indescribable is worrying them.Together, we’ll focus on the inner conflict preventing you from functioning. Sometimes, conflictive thoughts and feelings are connected to the present; often, they have their origin in our childhood experiences, our attachments, and the things we have come to believe about ourselves.For example, if you’ve ever severely procrastinated to the point that you get nothing done, you would be forgiven for thinking that you’re lazy, or unmotivated, or simply incapable of the task at hand. However, psychotherapists have long understood that procrastination can be a coping strategy against such things as the fear of failure, of rejection, and between the present self and the future self*. To break such punitive thinking, the psychodynamic approach is to explore the past and discover where such beliefs began.By gently exploring and bringing repressed emotions, avoided thoughts and ideas, and repeated patterns of behaviour into the conscious, we can hopefully identify the ‘interference’ in your feeling and thinking. And then, what you would like to do about it, if anything. As a modality, psychodynamic psychotherapy is non-directive, so my role is not to tell you what to do, but instead, I can help you feel more focused and in control of your emotional and mental well-being, understand how you relate to others and they to you, and so, allow you to make better choices.
* Reference: Pychyl, T. & Sirois, F. M. (2016). Chapter 8. Procrastination, Emotion Regulation and Well-Being, pp.163-188. United Kingdom: Academic Press (Elsevier)
My first session
When I receive an enquiry, the first two fifty-minute sessions act as an extended assessment, in which we explore the issues of concern you have, your current situation, and when comfortable to do so, your past. If I feel I can help and we agree to proceed, the therapy will then continue on a weekly basis, at the same time and in the same place.
What I can help with
Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Substance Dependency, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Clients I work with
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited