The past harbours many memories and traumas. The key is understanding how these events can affect normal life and behaviours in the present. Using various methods and techniques, we can together explore your past and create positive ways to untangle problems that may be having a negative impact on your life. It may seem scary at first, but the rewards can be empowering and inspiring.
I am accepting new clients in Balham and Clapham.
"Not to know the past is to be in bondage to it, while to remember, to know, is to be set free."
~ Sigmund Freud
Psychodynamic psychotherapy has its roots in Freudian psychoanalysis, which was the first form of talk therapy in the 20th century. It involves thinking about how the past influences how we are in the present. With the aim of bringing the unconscious into consciousness to understand how repressed emotions from the past affect our current decision making, patterns of behaviour and relationships. The focus is on your unique lived experience and how you relate to yourself and others.
Strong methods and tactics
You may feel apprehensive opening-up about thoughts and feelings that you haven’t shared before, but many people find it helpful to talk to an objective professionally trained person outside their family and friends. I will work at your pace to better understand the things that are causing you concern or difficulties. Whether you feel stuck or unable to make changes in your life as you would like, I will work alongside you to support you towards positive change and a deeper understanding of yourself.
Creating positive change
I have worked with people from different backgrounds and on a range of psychological and emotional difficulties which include anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, trauma, personality disorder, ADHD, self-harm, identity problems, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, sexual and emotional abuse, family breakdown and conflict, bereavement and loss.
Tackling emotional difficulties
How I can help?
The work I do is insight-based and explores negative thought patterns and behaviours that we’ve learned in our early lives or during childhood development. What sets the Psychodynamic approach apart from other talk therapies is that it focuses on discovering the root of our emotional difficulties.
There’s no set agenda, allowing you to talk freely about whatever is on your mind. The focus is on your perspective. I will be there to help you discover your feelings and emotions with sensitivity and in a supportive and non-judgemental way. My objective is to help you improve the understanding of yourself and the relationships with others to enhance your quality of life.
I offer one-to-one psychotherapy to adolescents and adults struggling with any variety of problems, some of which are listed here...
Beravement & Loss
Sexual, Physical & Emotional Abuse
Separation & Divorce
Family Breakdown & Conflict
How does it work?
You are welcome to contact me by telephone or email for a free consultation to discuss the possibility of working together, ask any questions that you might have, or arrange an initial appointment.
I offer one-to-one psychotherapy on a weekly basis. This is an open-ended contract of sessions, with no minimum or maximum commitment. The duration depends on the individual and the issues presented.
I prefer seeing clients face-to-face at Bolingbroke Psychotherapy either in Balham or Clapham practices.
Online and telephone sessions are also available.
Sessions 50 minutes long, conducted weekly
Standard fee per session is £75.
Common therapy areas
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.
Depression can cause severe symptoms that affect how a person feels, thinks, and handles daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.
If you have low self-esteem you may have difficulty with relationships and problems at work or school. You may become very upset by criticism or disapproval and withdraw from activities and people.
Going through very stressful, frightening or distressing events is sometimes called trauma.
People with personality disorders often have a hard time understanding emotions and tolerating distress.
ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, or be overly active.
Self-harm can bring up very difficult emotions and could make you feel worse.
An identity crisis is defined as a period of uncertainty or confusion in a person's life. This crisis occurs when a person's sense of identity becomes insecure and unstable.
The ability to establish and maintain loving, healthy relationships – whether that be with family, friends or our partner – is central to our wellbeing.
An eating disorder is when a person has an unhealthy relationship with food, which can take over their life and make them ill.
Sexual intimacy should be consensual, respectful, and safe. Tragically for abuse victims, sex is none of those things, because abusers use sex as a weapon.
Sexual & Emotional Abuse
In cases where resentment and toxic patterns arise, family interactions can become lasting sources of frustration and tear relationships apart.
Family Breakdown & Conflict
Losing someone important to us can be emotionally devastating - whether that be a partner, family member, friend or pet. It is natural to go through a range of emotional processes as we gradually come to terms with the loss.
Bereavement & loss