I offer group analysis, individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy and consultancy in central London, close to Warren Street & Euston tube stations.
I have worked with adults of all ages, from a wide-range of backgrounds, who are living diverse lives and struggling with many different problems. I have spent five years as an honorary psychotherapist in an inner London NHS psychotherapy department, seeing patients individually and in groups.
I am a Member of the Institute of Group Analysis, and a Full Clinical Member of the College of Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am also a Full Member of the Group Analytic Society (International).
What is group analysis?
Group analysis is a powerful mode of psychotherapy that brings people together in a small group (of up to 8 patients, plus the group analyst), to explore what troubles them. In the space of the group, deep-seated problems are confronted, and the loneliness and isolation of mental distress start to shift.
Group analysis can help with a wide-range of issues, including: anger, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, gender identity, grief and loss, loneliness and isolation, relationship and family problems, self-esteem, self-harm, sexuality and sexual identity, work-related stress, trauma and the legacies of abuse and violence.
Some people come to group analysis with a very specific idea about what is wrong in their lives, whereas others have a more general sense of dissatisfaction, of feeling stuck, and a longing for things to be different. Groups are diverse, and are composed of people of different ages and from different backgrounds; this diversity is part of what helps things change for group members.
Group analysis rests on the belief that we are social beings, who become ourselves in relation to others, and who can only really change by exploring and remaking our relationships with others. It shares with psychoanalysis a belief in the profound power that unconscious processes have in shaping our desires and actions, often undermining our conscious sense of what we want and how we wish to be. It also draws on sociological understandings of the equally significant role that social processes and culture play in structuring our lives and our selves. The legacies of childhood experiences and the inheritances we receive from our families and communities make us who we are, for better and for worse.
Why group analysis?
In an individualizing, fast-moving, competitive world, group analysis challenges us to slow down, to sit and feel and think in the company of others. It often makes us confront questions of power, envy and inequality, as the group grapples with the injuries of living in an unjust world. It offers us the opportunity to explore what it means to belong, and to not-belong, and to develop new ways of being and relating. It can be a deeply moving and transformative experience, both for those who have previous experience of psychotherapy and counselling and those who are coming to therapy for the first time.
Individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy
In addition to offering group analysis, I see people for psychoanalytic psychotherapy on a one-to-one basis. For some people this is prior to joining a group; for others this is the most appropriate on-going mode of therapy for their particular concerns and problems.
Consultancy, mentoring and specialist groups
Combining my experience of over twenty five years working in universities as a teacher, researcher, team leader and manager with my training in group analysis, I occasionally offer consultancy and mentoring to those working in universities and leading research groups. I specialize in issues of conflict within teams, work-related stress, and the problems associated with balancing the complex demands of institutions and personal priorities. This consultancy can take the form of one-to-one mentoring and group-based interventions.
I also work with short-term, focused groups around issues such as collective experience of bereavement and trauma, and other shared experiences and histories.