Psychotherapy and Counselling in St Paul's and Cannon Street, City of London
If you are browsing through this page, it is possible that you have encountered something in your life or relationships that may feel unmanageable or difficult to understand or even put into words. It is often the first resort to think about it all the time, or to try to get a grasp of what is going on by talking to others. Or you may decide to ignore the problem by not thinking about it or by keeping busy or even by forcing yourself to adopt a certain 'positive mindset'. When none of the above works it may be time to seek professional help.
The space of a session is one in which it is possible for a therapist or analyst to listen very carefully to what is being said, to elicit and begin to hear something of the many threads of our lives and of the experiences that have affected each of us, in mind and body. Our experience teaches us that symptoms will not go away until we have heard what they want to say and grasped something about their function in a person's life. As such, my endeavour in the therapeutic work is to give you a space where you can speak freely 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.
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 as a Psychoanalyst in the Lacanian orientation, an approach based on the ideas and theories of the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. Training in Lacanian psychoanalysis takes place through years of engaging with the theory and clinic of psychoanalysis through participation in seminars, study groups and supervision. Most importantly we undergo a lengthy personal analysis where we have the chance to addresses our own subjective difficulties so that they don't become a hindrance in our work with patients . As such, analytic training is not simply a process that psychoanalysts go through at the beginning of their professional life, but an ongoing process that last throughout their lives.
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 and lack of fulfilment.
Why come and talk
Sometimes the first step to contacting a therapist is 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.