Psychotherapy and Counselling in Canary Wharf, East 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 East London and South East London and my offices are based in London Bridge and Canary Wharf. My London Bridge counselling and psychotherapy practice is located in SE1, two minutes from Borough station and ten minutes from London Bridge station.
My Canary Wharf psychotherapy practice is located at 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AB and is easily accessible from most areas in East London.
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. In that way it is not simply a process that psychoanalysts go through at the beginning of their professional life, but an ongoing process. There are two 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 think about how to best approach each analysand and the study of psychoanalytic theory, an investigation of human experience and of how we become who we are and act in the way that we do.
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 or disturbing experience which may or may not 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 one of the eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia; or a chronic or short-term sexual problem or a debilitating phobia or panic attacks impairing our capacity to navigate different spaces and to get on with everyday life.
Very often we may find that we are following other people's desires or we have adopted 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 one may not be able to pinpoint exactly what the problem is but have a general dissatisfaction 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 yourself to ask for help. You can contact me in confidence to discuss or arrange an initial consultation in Canary Wharf. My consulting rooms for counselling and psychotherapy are easily accessed from London Bridge and the City and all areas around East London including the Docklands and Canary Wharf.