My Qualifications and Orientation North London Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
Registrant: British Psychoanalytic Council
Member: British Psychotherapy Foundation
Friend: The Inner City Centre
Affiliated: British Performing Arts Medicine Trust.
I did a seven-year training and qualified as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in 1996. My training was with the London Centre for Psychotherapy, now called the British Psychotherapy Foundation. I am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council. This council regulates all psychoanalytic training and registers all practitioners.
Who am I?
I work in private practice in Crouch End, North London. For nine years, until August 2010, I worked in a Complex Needs Service where I was a Principle Psychotherapist. I had a specialist responsibility for Assessments. This work involved making decisions about treatment pathways: psychoanalytic psychotherapy, supportive psychotherapy, counselling, CBT with a trained psychologist, or (re-) referral to a consultant psychiatrist.. I supervised psychiatrists training in psychotherapy and therapists who were working within the NHS psychotherapy department.
I have worked for the Creative Arts as the Assessment Therapist at The British Performing Arts Medicine Trust from 1998-2007. BAPAM (founded in part by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, now called Helping Musicians) was organised so that all performers who approached BAPAM for psychological help would be seen by the Assessment Therapist and I would then make a recommendation for a psychological treatment. I still carry out occasional assessments for BAPAM .
I have supervised CBT practitioners as part of my work in the NHS.
For eight years I was a member of the Difficult Patient Seminar at the Portman Clinic, Hampstead (The Portman and Tavistock NHS Trust). This work at the Portman Clinic meant that alongside seeing patients with sexual difficulties there was the opportunity to investigate in considerable depth the nature of various sexual behaviours that caused concern either to the individual themselves or when the behaviours involved injury to others. The Portman clinic is a specialist service with a long and respected history. it offers help to patients with sexual behaviour and it offers patients who come with gender-related issues. e.g. transgender or transsexual patients the opportunity to think
in-depth about their situation before resorting to surgery.
My training enables me to work with:
Experience as a new parent
eating disorders e,g bulimia and anorexia
My first qualification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Counselling was in 1988 when I gained a certificate in psychoanalytically based counselling from the Lincoln Clinic, now part of the British Psychotherapy Foundation.
I have a Master's degree in Criminology. Also, before training, I had secured a degree in Sociology and Psychology, and a PGCE (London University).
I am influenced, in particular, by the writings of S. Freud, M.Klein, W.R.D. Fairbairn, W.Bion and D. Winnicott alongside more contemporary psychoanalytic writers. As I have worked in the NHS, I also draw on the ideas of neuroscientists, like A. Shaw and M. Sohms, who argue that it is necessary to think about the structure of the brain and the need for affect regulation’ when assisting someone to gain greater insight into their behaviour, feelings and thoughts.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, supportive psychotherapy or counselling in CROUCH END
NORTH LONDON PSYCHOTHERAPY in CROUCH END - in a safe and confidential setting - and surrounding areas in North London or Central London; near to ISLINGTON, HOLLOWAY, MUSWELL HILL, HIGHGATE and ARCHWAY. Nearest Tubes: FINSBURY PARK, ARCHWAY, HIGHGATE and TURNPIKE LANE