Psychodynamic Counselling in Chessington and London Bridge
I am a psychodynamic counsellor/therapist offering confidential weekly one-to-one sessions from rooms in Chessington and close to the city in London Bridge.
As a psychodynamic counsellor/therapist I offer open-ended therapy i.e. it is not limited to a fixed number of sessions - you can stay as long a you feel it is helpful. I am also non-directive - I won't be giving you homework or advising you what to do. The psychodynamic approach is aimed at identifying and resolving the underlying root cause of the problem rather than just treating the symptoms. If the underlying cause is not properly dealt with the symptoms may recur or new symptoms may appear in a different area. It is a talking therapy - we sit in armchairs across the room (there is no couch!). It is on a once-a-week basis, at the same time each week.
This approach is suitable for most problems, such as stress, anxiety, relationship problems, depression, bereavement, etc. It is also helpful for transgender people who need support in gaining acceptance or deciding how best to express themselves in a predominantly cisgender world. However there are several factors that determine whether coming to me for counselling will be right for you at this time. In order to check whether my services are appropriate for you I invite you in for an assessment. This allows you to get a feel for the process, to ask any questions you have and to see whether this is right for you. I will also give you my view on whether I believe I can help you.
My journey into counselling came via several years working in large companies in various different roles. The work I most valued was coaching, mentoring and change management - helping people through the almost constant changes that people experience these days. About 10 years ago I decided to retrain as a counsellor beginning with NLP and hypnotherapy and continuing onto psychodynamic counselling. I also worked as Samaritan volunteer anwering calls from very distressed people and wanted to be able provide more than we could offer in a single phone call. I prefer to work psychodynamically, as I believe it is the most effective form of therapy, but I draw on my NLP skills when I feel it would be helpful.
My main interest areas are transgender identity/sexuality (LGBTQI), child sexual abuse (CSA) and dissociative disorders. I view transgender identitity and sexuality as integral components of a person's make-up and work with you to find how best you can find the best way for you to express your identity and feel comfortable in your environment. Child sexual abuse can cause problems at any time in life if not addressed. I realise how difficult it can be to talk about childhood abuse and hence the open-ended nature of the therapy and allowing you, as the client, to go at your own pace, bringing difficult tpics as you feel ready. My philosophy is that something is only a problem if it's a problem to you. This often means that the main problem is fitting into an environment that is felt to be hostile or non-accepting in some way. I aim to help you to be more confident in who you really are and to learn to express yourself more fully in relationship with others. This often involves looking back into childhood to understand where unhelpful thought patterns may have come from and to reshape them, enabling you to move into a more rewarding and joyful future. Sometimes this is adressing painful experiences of childhood abuse but I handle this in a very sensitive way to minimise the risk of retraumatisation and facilitate a gentle healing process.
I offer evening appointments in Chessington, where my room is part of the Surrey Centre for Natural Health. I offer daytime appointments close to the city in London Bridge (in the offices of the Psychosynthesis Trust). Both locations have step-free access. I also offer sessions by Skype (this works best if the initial relationship has been built in a face-to-face environment).