I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, working in private practice and with experience of working in the NHS.
My professional and clinical training was with the Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy (AGIP) and I am a professional and active member of AGIP. I am registered with the umbrella organisation UK Council for Psychotherapy (Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis college). I am also a member of the College of Psychoanalysis.
In addition to my training at AGIP I studied at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and hold an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies from the Tavistock/University of East London.
I am a visiting lecturer to postgraduate students on the Tavistock and Portman Psychoanalytic Studies Masters course, and I teach on AGIP’s psychoanalytic psychotherapy training.
I work in two different locations: in N19, at AGIP’s building in Archway, north London, and in N16, north east London.
I also worked as an honorary psychotherapist in an NHS specialist psychotherapy service in east London.
I have worked with people in a wide range of circumstances and in open-ended as well as time-limited therapy. I offer a frequency ranging from once a week to three times a week, depending on the person’s circumstances.
I undertake regular supervision with an accredited supervisor. This is in line with good practice. I also undertake continuous professional development.
Psychoanalysis and society
Among many other ways in which psychoanalysis is useful, I am interested in the application of psychoanalytic ideas to society. Psychoanalysis can deepen understanding of conflict, discrimination and prejudice, for example. We become who we are in a wider social context, and this is the environment which we can in turn shape. Psychoanalysis can help us understand ourselves in society, our reactions and beliefs, our interactions with other people and the difficulties we encounter. This kind of psychosocial insight of sometimes deeply disturbing events can itself help to lessen our own fears or sense of isolation.
Before training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy I worked in the equality field and was for many years a specialist policy adviser and researcher on equality and anti-discrimination issues, such as disability discrimination.
My first degree was from the University of Glasgow, MA (Hons).
In my practice I aim to be non-discriminatory, inclusive and respectful of diversity in terms of, for example, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, age, religion and culture.