Judith Soal Psychotherapy in Dalston & Hackney

Psychotherapist in Hackney

People come to therapy for many reasons and from all walks of life. Whatever is on your mind, you may find that speaking about your difficulties to someone who listens carefully to what you say can affect your life in unexpected ways.

Psychoanalysis offers this unique opportunity to think about the way you experience the world along with someone else, and to notice the situations 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.


First consultation

If this interests you, please get in touch to arrange an initial consultation at my psychotherapy practice in Dalston in north east London.

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 difficulties are shaped by their earlier 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 have experience as a psychotherapist in the NHS and in private practice in north east London. I hold a master's degree in psychology, am a member of the clinical division of the British Psychological Society and train at the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (UKCP registered).

The issues I work with include:
            •           anxiety
            •           addiction
            •           bereavement and loss
            •           depression
            •           eating disorders
            •           general lack of satisfaction
            •           loneliness        
            •           long-term illness
            •           panic attacks
            •           problems at work
            •           psychosis        
            •           questions about gender identity and sexuality
            •           relationship problems
            •           self-harm

I would like psychoanalysis and psychotherapy to be widely available and have a limited number of reduced-cost sessions for students, people on benefits and those with low wages at my psychotherapy practice in Dalston, E8, Hackney. Low-cost therapy is also on offer at the Site Clinic for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.


Psychoanalysis in easy London

My Dalston practice is between Dalston Kingsland, Hackney Downs and Hackney Central 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

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

• The Freud Museum in north London is holding an exhibition on The Uncanny, to celebrate 100 years since Sigmund Freud's influential essay

• 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

• 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

Judith Soal MA MBPsS


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