What is Psychodynamic therapy?

Time does not always heal all wounds. There are often occasions in our lives when the reverberations of tragedy, loss and trauma leave us feeling frozen, stuck and unable to move on. How then do we work through and restore what is injured?¬†Psychodynamic therapy is a form of therapy founded upon the ideas and aims of psychoanalysis. Its goal, therefore, as in psychoanalysis is to clarify and establish the meaning of a person’s thoughts, feelings and actions seen in the context of life as a whole – and usually, when someone seeks therapeutic help of this kind it is because of a concern about some aspect of life as a whole. There is sometimes a sense of some unfinished business, or some unease about areas of the past which feel as though they need reconsidering or re-opening.

What I offer

I am a qualified counsellor living and working in St Albans where I offer a safe and quiet environment 10 mins walk from the local train station. I work with children, young people and adults through the process of counselling and over the years I have successfully helped people work through anxiety, anger, depression, loss, bereavement, identity, ageing, trauma, PTSD, as well as existential themes of meaning and transiency.

I offer short-term therapy which might last from 6 to 12 sessions as well as longer term therapy which might continue for several months or years.

What to expect

During a first session, I like to explore with you what has brought you to counselling and what you are looking and hoping to gain from this process. I think of this time as an important opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have and to reflect on whether you feel I am the right counsellor for you.

I charge £45 per session and can offer a small number of concessions. Each session lasts 50 minutes and I ask that you give 48 hours notice, else the charge will be the agreed fee when you cancel a session.

As a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) I am committed to practicing according to the principles and values set out in this ethical framework . That is to say, it is always my intention and practise to put clients first through maintaining confidentiality and attending regular supervision. If I feel that a client or someone known to a client is at serious risk I might need to break confidentiality. I always consult with a client before I take any further action and would be happy to respond to any enquiries you may have.