Individual Psychotherapy – an attachment-based approach


How Can Counselling Or Psychotherapy Help?

Counselling or psychotherapy can help you to work on areas of current concern in your life, or unresolved issues from the past. It can support you to learn how to take care of yourself emotionally in your relationships with others and build self-esteem. Some of the difficulties counselling or psychotherapy can support you to understand and find strategies to address include:

  • Stress, feeling in crisis, or a state of breakdown.
  • Anxiety, depression, or suicidal feelings.
  • Feeling empty, lonely, or abandoned.
  • Violence, sexual abuse, or neglect.
  • Relationship breakdown or bereavement.
  • Feeling afraid or panicky.
  • Difficulties at work, bullying, or unemployment.
  • Racism, sexism and discrimination.
  • Feeling unable to cope with hurt or angry feelings.
  • Problems with sex, sexuality, or confusion about who you are.
  • Addictions, eating problems, self-harm.
  • Phobias and obsessions.

Why Attachment-based?

The growing body of knowledge about attachment has at its core an understanding of the importance of relationships to human development. Supportive relationships enable us to develop a secure sense of who we are. When relationships go wrong – whether in childhood or as an adult – we can find ourselves in crisis.

Attachment-based counselling or psychotherapy provides a relationship with another human being in which to mourn past losses and explore the impact of significant relationships on your life. There is also the opportunity to improve your understanding of yourself and your attachments with others in order to support you to build a more secure base for your future.

Why Psychoanalytic?

As we move through our lives we can become aware that we are repeating patterns from the past. Or we may feel stuck in a lifestyle, relationship, or behaviour which no longer serves us.

A psychoanalytic approach can help you get in touch with underlying emotions and experiences which have impacted on your life to promote positive change. Just as a yoga teacher offers support to hold the body in new positions, a psychoanalytic approach can slowly enable more flexibility of the mind to approach your life in a different way.

What Does Having Counselling or Psychotherapy Involve?

Having counselling or psychotherapy involves attending sessions on a regular basis – usually once or twice weekly – in order to explore the feelings and thoughts that come up in your  interactions with the therapist in a safe and supportive environment.

There will be an initial session to talk about your difficulties and how counselling or psychotherapy can support you, in order to explore if it is right for you.

How Long Does It Take?

Counselling is short term and can be helpful to work through a difficult current experience. Psychotherapy is longer term enabling an in depth exploration of the underlying issues that may be keeping you stuck in your life.

Where Does It Take Place?

Counselling or psychotherapy can be organised in South East London in easy reach of West Norwood, Streatham, Tulse Hill, Herne Hill, Brixton, Dulwich, Balham, Crystal Palace and Clapham Common and the surrounding areas. There are mainline rail services from Croydon, Victoria and London Bridge.

Alternatively there is the option to meet at a location in Central London on Commercial Street, E1 near Spitalfields Market and Liverpool Street and Aldgate East tubes.

What About Cost?

The cost is calculated on a sliding scale depending on your resources. Please enquire if you are not sure if you can afford the service as there are some low cost places for people who could not otherwise access counselling or therapy.

How Do I Make Contact?

To contact Christine Blake to discuss any of our professional services please call 020 8670 4085. Or click here to make contact by email.