If you are browsing through this page, you may have encountered something in your life or relationships that may feel unmanageable or difficult to understand or even put into words. This may lead you to dwell on it all the time or you may decide to ignore the problem by not thinking about it or by keeping busy. When none of the above works it may be time to seek professional help.
Furthermore, the times we are living through now, since the pandemic started, have been difficult to navigate for all, for some more than others, and can have a significant impact on how we cope either in the form of loss, unwanted changes in circumstances and hundreds of other ways that each of us will respond to the ongoing isolation and its impact on our life and relationships.
My approach to therapy involves trying to understand and address difficulties by increasing awareness of the more underlying aspects that lead to the development of symptoms. I will start by being curious and listening carefully at what brought you to therapy: the moments that marked your life, your relationships to others and the worries that may be making life hard. The specific words you use to describe your problems and the thoughts, feelings and memories that may come up during sessions are all important as they can open the way to understanding the less obvious forces that lie behind symptoms. Those are often related to past experiences of trauma or distress that haven’t been processed by the individual. 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. By exploring their concerns in such a rigorous way with someone they can trust, people can make deeper, more lasting changes, start breaking old patterns and find creative solutions to their concerns.
I am a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor and Psychotherapist and an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). Apart from my Psychotherapy and Counselling training, for the last 12 years I have trained as a Psychoanalyst in the Lacanian orientation and I am a member of the London Society of the New Lacanian School. The Lacanian orientation is based on the ideas and theories of the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, who built on Freud's psychoanalytic approach to develop his own unique clinical practice.
I work in English and Greek with adults and adolescents. I offer counselling and psychotherapy in Central London. My practice is based in Mayfair, right next to Green Park tube station and a few stops from Westminster, Victoria and Kensington area.
Some of the concerns I am experienced of working with are:
The kinds of worries that bring people to see a psychoanalyst or to consider 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. 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 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 Mayfair, Green Park. My consulting rooms for counselling and psychotherapy are easily accessed from all areas in Central London, such as Victoria, Westminster, Kensington, Marylebone and St. James' Park.