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. When none of the above works it may be time to seek professional help.
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 relationship to others and the issues that may be making life hard for you. 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 more underlying concerns that lie behind symptoms. Those are often related to past experiences of trauma or distress that haven’t been processed by the individual. By exploring their concerns in such a rigorous way with someone they can trust, people can make deeper, more lasting changes, and can find creative solutions to their concerns.
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 an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). 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.
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.
Some of the concerns I am experienced of working 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.