“Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you”.
Specialising in individual and couple’s therapy, including:
University of East London and the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationship; Couple and Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy; Psychosexual Therapy
City University of London; Counselling Psychotherapy
University of Social Sciences and Humanities; MA in Social Psychology
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (FM)
British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors (FM); member of Continual Professional Development Committee
In addition to running a private practice, I work as a visiting clinician for the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR). I believe in dialogue, the importance of self-awareness, and the potential for permanent change. Consequently, the utilisation of the psychodynamic approach is an integral aspect of my work. Nonetheless, I can incorporate other techniques into the therapeutic process to suit the specific needs of the client.
Keeping up with the pace of everyday life can be tough. Dealing with life’s barrage of external pressures and expectations can be problematic. Finding time for oneself can be difficult. Therapy may help you; it can be useful in creating a safe thinking space. A space for reflection and discussion is available to you.
Whether or not you are in a relationship, couples therapy may be hugely beneficial to you. Your treatment will focus on relationship issues. If you are part of a couple, we will explore the dynamic between you and your partner as well as observing and understanding what you have created together. If you are single and find yourself repeating the same patterns in relation to others, or have certain commitment difficulties, we would talk in more depth about the possible reasons for this.
We believe that self-awareness is vital to the understanding and modification of one’s behavior and interaction with others.
There are moments in life when we wonder if we are with the right person. Communication between the couple is difficult and it seems like even the smallest misunderstanding can escalate into a huge problem. Suddenly, you find yourself repeating the same patterns over and over again; the intimacy suffers and you drift apart. In times like these, it is very difficult to find common language, be supportive, and try to solve your problems. Couples therapy provides you with a safe, non-judgemental space. Here you think about your relationship, rebuild the trust between you and your partner, and try to work on improving your communication and dealings with everyday issues.
During the first meeting, we will ponder how best to use the process to deal with your most pressing issues. It is an opportunity to meet, often for the first time, for an open and honest discussion as to your reasons for seeking therapy. It is perfectly natural for the prospect of such a consultation to provoke some anxiety. However, many clients comment on how important and reassuring it is to talk about their issues in a safe and non-judgemental environment. It also provides the opportunity for you to ask any questions that you might have about the process. We will establish a framework that includes the time and frequency of sessions and confidentiality arrangements.
This is not uncommon and you are more than welcome to come on your own. We can talk and think about the best way to move forward. It would be preferable to work on any relationship issues with both partners present. However, the therapist is always “relationship minded”, regardless of which of you attends the session.
The length of the process may differ depending on the issue that brings you to therapy. In some instances, you can pre-agree a certain number of sessions. Alternatively, you and your therapist may prefer to leave it open-ended.
The fee for initial consultation is £100 (individual) and £150 (couple). The fee for ongoing sessions varies between £80 and £150. It is important that you discuss this with your therapist during the initial consultation.
Dorota Mucha, us in therapy.
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