Senior Therapists

Deborah Petrich

ADIP in Integrative Psychotherapy, Regent’s School of Psychotherapy and Psychology RSPP
PGD in Psychotherapy and Counseling, RSPP
MS in Counselling, The City University of New York
BA in Psychology, The City University of New York
MBA in International Management, The City University of New York.
Professional Member of the RSPP
UKCP accredited, Full clinical member
Bilingual English-French.

My career began in the US in 1982, as a counselor for the New York City Board of Education.  In 1990 I moved to Paris, where I taught and ran seminars for 12 years.  I have lived in London for 17 years.  From 2005 to 2010, I worked as an Honorary Psychotherapist in Adult Mental Health in a Specialist NHS Psychotherapy Department where I treated patients and co-led a mixed group of survivors of sexual abuse. Currently, I work at Koan, have a private practice in East London, and offer wellbeing workshops and presentations to private companies.

Perhaps you are down or anxious – maybe you are unsure about the future of a relationship, or just feel that you aren’t living the life you were meant to lead. Whatever your needs may be, I am here to offer support. That step through the door is one step further towards your wellbeing.  Now it is in your hands.


How do I work?

The question of wellbeing touches us all and we are often looking for a quick fix to most of our problems. Yet, these difficulties are often deeper rooted.  In my work, I take an integrative approach, working in dialogue; phenomenologically, yet informed by psychodynamic theory. The relationship with the therapist is a crucial element in the therapy. The primary focus of my work is to help others gain insight and awareness of their current situation through an understanding of past experiences and relationships.  We then use that understanding in the present, for that is where change occurs. Therapy is not something I do to others or for others; it is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from the patient and therapist alike.  Making small changes to self-defeating behavior and coping with feelings of sadness, fear, and pain can bring life-altering results. It may be helpful to think of therapy as a journey.  Rather than telling someone where to go, I see myself more as a guide, pointing out things that may not have been noticed, suggesting things to consider and exploring or offering a new perspective.

What to Expect

After your initial contact, we will arrange a consultation which will last 60 minutes.  In this time we can talk about why you have come to therapy and whether I am the right person to help you.

Cancellation Policy

Psychotherapy requires personal investment, yet sometimes life can get in the way. For this reason, I have a flexible cancellation policy with limits. I take cancelations up to 48 hours notice with only a £10 fee for the cancelled session and try to reschedule when possible. Cancelations within 48 hours are payable at the full fee. There is no contract. You are free to leave when you see fit.

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