What is psychotherapy?

We offer both group and individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy sets out to understand the underlying causes of a wide range of difficulties, which may sometimes be linked to a particular experience.

The aim of the psychotherapy is lasting psychological change, brought about through increased insight. These changes include:

  • Becoming more able to feel, identify and express emotions.
  • Being able to make connections, (for example between feelings and behaviour or between past and present experiences) and gain a greater understanding of their behaviour.
  • Learning about alternative ways to process and express emotions.
  • Re-evaluating their perceptions of themselves and their past experiences, this often led to women becoming more self-accepting.

Why you may be seeking psychotherapy

  • Depression or low self-esteem
  • Eating-related problems
  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Self-harm
  • Difficult relationships
  • Bereavements
  • Past traumatic events

Psychotherapy can help you make sense of thoughts, feeling and ways of relating to yourself and others. Our psychotherapists do not talk about themselves, or offer practical advice, and the work is confidential.

The Women’s Therapy Centre is a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). All colleagues receive regular clinical supervision and work to the code of ethics of UKCP. The psychotherapists are members of at least one professional registration body, either UKCP or the British Psychoanalytic Society (BCP).

Accessing the service

Any woman may refer herself by phone, in writing or by email. Professionals are welcome to contact the Centre on behalf of a patient or client, but the Centre suggests that the woman herself also makes the contact.

To make an appointment please telephone 020 7263 6200       Monday 12:00-2:00pm       Tuesday & Wednesday 5:30 – 7:30pm


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