Is it for me?
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy aims to treat anxiety disorders, long term depression, relationship difficulties, and experiences of trauma or abuse.
It tends to suit individuals who are curious about their inner lives and identities, whilst seeking to identify and make sense of recurring patterns of behaviour that may be challenging and counter productive to well-being.
I work with people who bring a range of emotional, psychological, and interpersonal difficulties and who experience often debilitating anxiety, distress, and a sense of fear in their personal and/or occupational life.
Together, we would seek to explore and develop insight into how conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings that on the surface may seem ‘intangible’ tend to be situated in earlier childhood relationships and experiences.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy does not provide a ‘quick fix’. Rather, it is a deeply invested, committed and enduring process. Psychotherapy aims to increase your self-comprehension, challenge maladaptive coping mechanisms, lower psychic defences and liberate oneself toward enabling informed choices.
Whilst I have a confident capacity to work with a range of psychological distress, I have some areas of specialisation which might be a particular focus for you as a potential client:
- Social class identity – ‘transitioning’ from working-class roots, imposter syndrome, fitting in, shame, humiliation, classism.
- LGBTQ+ matters- coming to terms with and coming-out, Identity conflict, Internalised homophobia, rejection, loneliness, self-esteem.
- Men and Masculinity – identity, toxicity, aggression, self-sufficiency, competitiveness, anger, role conflict.
Psychotherapy or Counselling?
Counselling is not a diluted form of Psychotherapy. The main differences are that it is shorter-term (usually up to 12 sessions) and specifically focused on an area of focus that you want to address.
The way to gauge your pathway is to have an initial assessment consultation where we will meet to discuss your needs and hopes for therapy.
In Psychotherapy, we meet once or in some cases twice per week for an open-ended period, which is regularly reviewed to measure progress. Whereas in Counselling, sessions are once weekly and for a set period.
Booking an assessment and fees transparency
On the next page, you can contact me to book an assessment session. In that meeting, we will explore the reasons for you seeking therapy at this time, what you hope to achieve from it and then some practical matters concerning, for example, confidentiality, boundaries, expectations, times, holidays, and the fee. As well as any other questions you may have.
I charge the same for the assessment as for a regular session. A session lasts for 50 minutes, and the baseline fee is £60 per session. This is based on a sliding scale, so a person on a salary of up to £25,000 would pay £60, and this increases by £5 per session for every £5,000 salary increment.
20% of my practice is a low fee. If you are low waged or unemployed, please contact me directly for further information.