Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
Erich Fromm

Your Therapist

Specialising in individual and couple’s therapy, including:

  • communication difficulties
  • same sex couples
  • commitment issues
  • cross-cultural relationships
  • infidelity
  • Internet addiction
  • psychosexual therapy
  • polyamory

Qualifications and registrations

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

Experience

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.

Your therapy

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.

What is couple therapy?

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.

Is the therapy for me?

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.

Initial consultation

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.

What if my partner does not want to attend?

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.

How long does it take?

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.

What is the fee?

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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