Psychotherapy and Counselling in St Paul's and Cannon Street, City of London
I am a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor and Psychotherapist and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I work in English and Greek with adults and adolescents. I offer counselling and psychotherapy in the City of London and my practice is based right next to Mansion House tube (District Line) in Albert Buildings, 49 Queen Victoria Street, ECN 4SA.
It is only a few minutes away from Cannon Street, St. Paul's and Bank tube stations and 15 minutes walk from London Bridge Station.
Apart from my Psychotherapy and Counselling training, for the last 10 years I have trained in Psychoanalysis of the Lacanian orientation, an approach influenced by the ideas and theories of the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. Training in Lacanian psychoanalysis takes place through rigorous theoretical and clinical training, and most importantly a lengthy personal analysis. As such, it is not simply a process that psychoanalysts go through at the beginning of their professional life, but an ongoing process.
There are three sources from which psychoanalysts learn how to conduct psychoanalytic treatment: their own experience of therapy (first as analysands and subsequently as analysts), regular supervision, where they discuss any issues arising in their practice; and the study of psychoanalytic theory, as set out by Sigmund Freud in the late 19th century and developed further by Jaques Lacan. Much of Freud’s work remains central to some of our most fundamental understandings of psychology and of counselling and psychotherapy. For example, the use of free association, transference, dream analysis, defence mechanisms and the unconscious mind are all of immense value to modern day psychodynamic psychotherapy practices.
Some of the concerns people come to me with are:
The kinds of worries that bring people to psychotherapy or counselling are as many and as diverse as the people themselves. There is often a deeply distressing experience which may have led to trauma or a crisis too overwhelming for us to deal with on our own. Inexplicable feelings of depression or anxiety may emerge as a result. Or we may feel unable to move on from past trauma or free ourselves from repetitive choices, behaviours and unhealthy relationship patterns. This may make it increasingly harder for us to enter and maintain relationships which can lead to further depression or anxiety.
Sometimes we may suffer from long-standing psychological symptoms which seriously impact our life and relationships and for which we may have either unsuccessfully sought psychotherapy or counselling before or which, left untreated may have become worse over the years. Those can include eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia; a chronic or short-term sexual problem or a debilitating phobia and panic attacks impairing our capacity to navigate different spaces and to get on with everyday life.
Often psychological suffering can be the effect of living a life where we feel the pressure to perform for others or live up to other people's expectations. We may have adopted family and societal ideals and imperatives which are far from what we really want but which guide our lives and make us unhappy and alienated from ourselves. In many instances, a person visiting a psychotherapist or counsellor may not be able to pinpoint exactly what the problem is but have a general sense of dissatisfaction, angst and lack of fulfilment.
Why come and talk
My endeavour in the therapeutic work is to create a space where you can speak freely about and explore thoughts, feelings, dilemmas, memories, dreams, or anything that feels important. By talking things through with someone who can listen carefully to what is unique about your life story, your words and your subjective experiences, you can gain insight into your problems, start breaking old patterns and make changes in your life. Things that you may find perplexing or that seem out of your control can start making more sense when links are made through the progressive unravelling of your story.
Sometimes the first step can be the most difficult: bringing oneself to ask for help. It takes a lot of courage to contact a psychotherapist/psychoanalyst but it is the first step towards taking your suffering seriously and regaining a sense of control in your life. You can contact me in confidence to discuss or arrange an initial consultation in Cannon Street. My consulting rooms for counselling and psychotherapy are easily accessed from all areas in Central London, the City and South East London.