Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in London and Online
Psychoanalysis is a clinical approach derived from the work of Dr. Sigmund Freud as well as practitioners from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries that carry on in his tradition and update his work to this day.
The central element of this approach is the 'dynamic unconscious', which is understood to play a significant part in the development of several psychological and psychosomatic symptoms and distress.
Psychoanalysis is a talking treatment in which you are invited to speak openly, in a safe and non-judgemental space, about your experiences.
The aim of this treatment is to pay attention to repetitions, patterns, inhibitions and symptomatic signs that cause suffering. This way, a path towards a more fulfilling life can be carved together between patient and analyst.
This is not a 'one-size-fits-all' approach, and whilst we may talk about what is making you suffer, there are no expectations of normalcy or adaptation. Rather, this is a clinical orientation that pays attention to singularity, to the contextual and social aspects of your experience and aims at new creative forms of living.
Psychoanalysis welcomes people from all backgrounds who have been experiencing, for example, anxiety, depression or overthinking. Psychoanalysis welcomes people who are facing a novel or challenging new life moment, such as starting a family, a loss, a choice. It is also a clinical approach suitable for those dealing with trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, issues around identity or sexuality, a sense of existential unease or even those wishing to examine their lives for a reason they can't quite pin down.
THE PSYCHOANALYTIC APPROACH
Psychoanalysis, different to other types of mental health approaches that promise a 'quick-fix', takes time.
With this in mind, I offer both short and long-term treatment. We will decide on a weekly, twice-weekly - or more - time for sessions. Sessions can vary slightly in duration, usually lasting about 40-45 minutes.
There is no set script or forms to fill out.
This will be your time.
FEES, CANCELLATIONS AND COMMITMENT
Fees are negotiable according to your circumstances. I strive to offer affordable fees at a reduced cost to those who need so. In our first session, we will agree to a price, generally between £30-£65 per session.
Cancellations are due in full, but we can always try to reschedule a missed session should something come up, with reasonable flexibility.
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
If you would like to start a psychoanalytic treatment, we can first schedule an initial video or phone call to discuss whether this is the right approach for you.
In case we find that another analyst would be a better fit, I am able to refer you to a competent colleague.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, I am able to offer sessions remotely via video call or phone.
I welcome adults for individual psychoanalytic work only.
I can offer sessions in English and in Portuguese.
Sessões disponíveis em Inglês e Português.
I hold a PhD in Psychosocial Studies from Birkbeck, University of London, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Psychoanalytic Psychology and Psychosocial Studies from the same university.
My experience ranges from working in several community-based mental health services, including working with children, the LGBTQI+ community, refugees and those seeking asylum to working with Latin American women. Alongside my private practice, I am part of the Psychosis Therapy Project (PTP) where I work with people experiencing the complexities of psychoses diagnoses and symptoms at various stages of their lives.
My academic research crosses the fields of medical humanities, continental philosophy and psychoanalytic theory in relation to diagnoses and experiences of anxiety in and outside of the clinic. These interests are reflected in my practice, which follows a psychosocial and feminist orientation in which the layers and reverberations of class, gender, sexuality and race are integral to the work. I started my clinical training at the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, in London, and I am currently a trainee at The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, also in London, UK. I am a registered and insured UKCP trainee and abide by their Code of Ethics.
GET IN TOUCH
My practice is in Central London (EC4A) between Aldwych and St. Paul's.
I also offer remote video or phone sessions. Please complete this form to write me an email so we can arrange for a first conversation.