“Phoebus is a very open, genuine and attentive person that made me feel safe and at ease from our first session. He helped me work through some deep-seated blockages and anxieties that I had.”
“I found Phoebus to be calm, sensitive and non-judgemental. I really needed help getting my life back into balance again, and he enabled me to cut through all the noise and focus on what was important for me.”
Whether you have experienced psychotherapy before or not, starting with a new therapist can be quite daunting. So I’ve set out below some information about how I work in order to help you get a better idea of what it would be like to be in therapy with me.
How I work and areas of specialism
My approach to psychotherapy is existential phenomenological, which broadly means that my focus is on your lived experience, what it’s like being you, and the choices that you make in your life. However, I am also influenced by classical psychoanalysis, and in particular by the work of Jacques Lacan.
Through the course of our work together, we will create a space in which you can safely and confidentially explore different concerns, difficulties or challenges in your life. As a fully qualified and accredited senior practitioner, I have worked with clients with a range of issues, including:
– social and health anxiety
– confidence and self-esteem
– relationship difficulties
– sex and sexuality
Background and training
I carried out my psychotherapy training at Regent’s University and I am a fully accredited member of the BACP. I’m currently working towards a doctorate in existential psychotherapy at Middlesex University. I have been working with clients on a one-to-one and group basis for several years and in various settings including private practice, a community centre, a mental health charity and the Koan Practice.
Prior to being a psychotherapist, I worked as a solicitor in the City of London for several years, and before that as a financial trader. I believe that all my past experiences have helped me become more attuned to various challenges and difficulties in life, and have helped me understand clients from all backgrounds, but especially those working in high-pressure environments.
Confidentiality and contracts
All our sessions are confidential, and your privacy will always be respected.The only person to whom I would talk about your sessions is my clinical supervisor, as required by law. However, I will not reveal your name or any other identifying details.Situations when confidentiality would be broken are when your or another’s life is in danger, or if there are serious child protection concerns. However, unless it was not possible, I would talk to you first and involve you in the decision to break confidentiality.
Psychotherapy is a long term process, and could take up to a year or more. I contract with clients on an open-ended basis, which means that there is no set finish date, but that is something which is ultimately determined by you. Sessions of 50 minutes each are held weekly, and I carry out regular check-ins to see whether you are getting the most out of it.
I require 1 week’s notice for cancellations of scheduled sessions, otherwise the full fee would still be due. With 1 week’s notice or more, I still charge a £10 cancellation fee.