Senior Therapists

Judith Symons

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist (AGIP London)
UKCP (registration no. 281009)
Art Therapist (Goldsmith’s College, London)

Background/interests

I qualified with AGIP (Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy) and registered with UKCP in 2001 and since then have worked full-time in private practice in the City and in North London. I have lectured and led seminars in analytic theory and practice in counselling and psychotherapy trainings, and have supervised students of those trainings in groups and individually.

Prior to the psychotherapy training I qualified in 1982 as an Art Therapist with Goldsmith’s College, and am still actively involved with visual arts.

 

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Who and what is it for

Psychotherapy can be thought of as an opportunity to observe oneself and to be oneself – it has been called a ‘laboratory of relationship’. It’s tough and emotional at times relating to others, and relating to the therapist is no exception – but unlike most relationships, it doesn’t depend on liking or mood.  The therapy agreement aims to be strong enough to weather strong feelings and thereby learn to manage them better.

People often say ‘I should be able to feel better on my own!’  But I wonder why? The hope for help is deep and complex.  For this reason therapy too can be deep and complex – and long. It’s a serious move, but in my view is as useful as a university, an apprenticeship or a world tour.

Who and what is it for

I see adults only, one to one.

It’s for anyone curious about themselves and their relationships, anyone who hurts emotionally, anyone who wants to communicate better.  It’s a place to let off steam without damaging friendships, and a place to test out thinking. Usually people come with difficulties they can name, like depression or anxiety, or with very painful memories from a divorce or bereavement, or habitual thoughts or behaviours that are hard to understand and deal with. Some come to think about making changes in their lives, whether they are young or older.  Relationship difficulties too can be addressed and helped. I have no expectations.
What I hope to achieve is to serve your development in the way you wish to go, and as Freud said, facilitate your ability ‘to love and to work’.

The basic models

What I don’t do

My accrediting body, the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) has a Code of Ethics available for scrutiny on its website.

The most relevant feature here is that of confidentiality.  Because confidentiality is at the heart of psychotherapy, I do not have any contact with parents, spouse, children or other professionals. The only exception is of real danger to life.

 



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