Judith Soal Psychotherapy in Dalston & Hackney

Psychotherapist in Hackney

Psychotherapy offers a unique opportunity to think about your life along with someone else, and to notice the situations and difficulties that seem to keep recurring. It allows you to explore not only the things that cause you pain but also those that bring you pleasure.

Whether you call it psychoanalysis, counselling or therapy, you may find that speaking about your experiences to someone who listens carefully and without judgment will affect your life in unexpected ways.

First consultation

If this interests you, please get in touch to arrange an initial consultation over Skype or at my psychotherapy practice in Dalston.

If you decide to go ahead we will schedule regular sessions at least once a week, lasting for up to 50 minutes. The process is open ended; you may decide to come for a few months to talk about a particular problem or you may want to continue for longer. Often people find that they get the most out of long-term work with a therapist, taking time to explore how their present situation is influenced by their earliest experiences.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy

As a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, my work draws on classical analytic and philosophical ideas as well as more contemporary social and political thought. I am a full clinical member of UKCP and the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and have experience as a psychotherapist in the NHS and in private practice in north east London.

I would like psychoanalysis and psychotherapy to be widely available and have a limited number of reduced-cost sessions for people on benefits and those with low wages. Low-cost therapy is also on offer at the Site Clinic for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

Psychoanalysis in east London

My Dalston practice is between Hackney Downs, Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction stations in E8, and is easily accessible from Stoke Newington, Islington, Clapton, London Fields, Homerton and the rest of north east London. It is well served by the London Overground and local bus services along Kingsland Road, Amhurst Road and Dalston Lane.

Psychoanalysis in the media

• The New Yorker looks back at Judith Rossner’s 1983 novel August, named after the month therapists go on holiday

• A comprehensive review of decades of research concludes that depression is not caused by a biochemical imbalance

• Psychotherapist Adam Phillips discusses Freud, Kafka and the fear of missing out in the LRB

• A food journalist writes about how therapy helped her rethink her problems with bulimia

• Psychoanalysis can help explain current events, writes Suzanne Moore in the Guardian

• Psychotherapist Susie Orbach and academic Frederick Crews discuss Freud's legacy in the Observer

• The top 10 books about psychoanalysis, according to an article in the Guardian

• Interesting discussion about mothers, misogyny and psychoanalysis in this book review by Adam Phillips

• Research casts doubt on the effectiveness of CBT while showing dramatic results for psychoanalysis, according to an article in the Guardian headlined Therapy wars - the revenge of Freud

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