How I work
I am a highly experienced individual and couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist practicing for over twenty years. I am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council and the UK Council for Psychotherapy and abide by their codes of ethical standards and confidentiality. I am also an accredited practitioner of Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC MBT Accredited Practitioners)
In my private practice I see couples and individuals, from young adults to older people in later life. I offer consultations (assessment), and short and long term therapeutic work. This may be once weekly or less frequently, and where indicated, I work with people more intensively than weekly sessions, over some months or sometimes years. The understanding of the difficulties, and choice of therapeutic approach are discussed beforehand with each person or couple, and reviewed periodically together. Where referral onto other services may be indicated, this is something that would be discussed together so that the right kind of help can be accessed.
The way I work as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist is to try to help people to become less troubled and burdened by their difficulties, and feel better equipped to deal with the ups and downs that inevitably occur in life. The therapy involves examining how past experiences might shape and influence our thinking, both in relation to how we think about ourselves and also in regard to our present relationships with others –both at home and at work. However, a key part of the therapy involves dealing with matters in the here and now which may be causing distress. It is not only about looking at the past, but simultaneously considering how to shape the present and ultimately the future in more constructive ways.
Therapy for the individual, couple and for specific problems
Individual therapy helps to identify destructive patterns in relationships, how these are rooted in the past and the unconscious dynamics behind them. Through this process, new ways of relating in both your personal life and at work can be developed. The duration and intensity of your therapy will depend on what we discuss together and consider best for you. Individual therapy can vary in frequency with the number of sessions per week ranging from once or twice a week, to a more intense analytic therapy several times a week. It may also be that a less frequent arrangement may be beneficial and this is something which can be discussed.
Most couples will experience difficulties in their relationship at some point, often to do with communication or life transitions. The problem might remain unspoken and may resolve spontaneously. However problems may continue unaddressed, creating resentment, withdrawal, hostility, contempt and even lead to physical violence. Couples may then be caught in cycles of recrimination or misunderstanding and this is when seeking therapy as a couple can be helpful. Couple psychotherapy does not attempt to just keep a relationship going at all costs, rather it works to support the couple to reach whatever decision is right for them, including considering whether either or both partners could benefit from additional support individually.
For help with conflict at home or work, problematic relationships which can become stormy, including post separation co-parenting difficulties, or problems of depression, anxiety and work related stress, I offer short-term therapy using a Mentalization based approach.
I welcome enquiries, and you can make an appointment to meet with me if you would like to know more about therapy. It may be that you wish to find out more but may not want or be ready to make a further commitment beyond an initial consultation. I ask people to pay for one-off consultations at the end of the session (for fees see the Information section below).
Supervision, training and consultation
I offer supervision to qualified psychotherapists and counsellors, working with adult individuals, couples and parents, as well as to counsellors and psychotherapists in training. Supervision may take several different forms. It may well be that the aim of the supervision is to explore clinical work more closely, to think about the impact of the work on the therapist, examine more specifically issues of technique, theoretical formulation and concepts. Supervision may also involve developing one's practice in relation to specific ways of working, for example to be able to work more effectively and in depth with unconscious processes, or to manage couples where their relationships become stormy or violent. Additionally the supervision may have a particular focus, such as developing ways of working which adhere more closely to certain models of treatment such a Mentalization based approach, or to consider issues of sexuality particularly those relating to sexual diversity within psychoanalytic practice with individuals and couples. The aims for supervision may be different according to your professional and developmental needs and this is something which would be discussed prior to starting.
I offer workplace supervision to clinicians and managers working in a range of settings. The focus of this type of supervision may be to examine the impact of the clinical work on you, your team, how it affects both the dynamics in the workplace and management styles. I also offer supervision which can focus on workplace and career development. Supervision can be offered on an individual basis or to small groups.
I offer a range of continuing professional development trainings as well as training in a number of different intervention models. Please contact for more information.
Conferences, lectures and publications
Alongside Leezah’s private practice she has worked in a variety of settings, as a clinician, supervisor, senior manager, trainer, including as an advisor to Central Government. Leezah has a particular interest in relationship conflict and interventions which can help people address these issues. She set up and developed a number of different services for hard to reach populations. Most recently, at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR), Leezah set up and developed a specialist service for parents in entrenched conflict over their children – ‘The Parenting Together Service,’ which was awarded the Innovative Excellence Award 2015 by the British Psychoanalytic Council. Related to this, she has also developed with Viveka Nyberg a specialist model of time-limited treatment for couples who experience violent and stormy relationships. She has published in both these areas of work (See Publications section below) and regularly trains and supervises other professionals working with high conflict parents and couples. Previously she has worked on a number of published research studies investigating the effectiveness of different therapeutic modalities including the development of Video Feedback Interactional Treatment for difficulties in the perinatal period.
Leezah is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) special advisory group on sexual diversity. This group of senior professionals has been working on tackling homophobia and prejudice in relation to sexual diversity with the aim of making the psychotherapy profession, services and accredited psychoanalytic trainings more open and inclusive. In addition, at the TCCR Leezah took forward specific work and training to ensure psychotherapy services were relevant and sensitive to the needs of the LGBT community. These achievements were recognized by an award from a leading charity PACE, promoting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender mental health and wellbeing, awarding TCCR a silver level eQuality chartermark. This eQuality Award is a quality mark for mainstream relationship services that show they have high standards of service for LGBT clients, and for demonstrating commitment to inclusive practice in work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) couples. Leezah has published several papers on lesbian and gay relationships and teaches and supervises widely in this area of work.
Amongst Leezah’s other professional activities, she is currently a trustee of the St Vincent’s Family Project, and has supervised the Bereavement Support Service at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS) for a number of years. She was honoured to be part of this work at NPLS which was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2013.
Over the rainbow and beyond...An exploration of sexuality and psychoanalytic thinking in the 21st Century
Wimbledon Guild Summer Conference, July 2015
Toxic Couples and their treatment
British Psychotherapy Federation Summer Lecture, London, May 2015
Psychoanalysis And The Challenge Of Sexual Diversity: Current Theoretical And Clinical Thinking On Homosexuality
TCCR Summer school, London, July 2015
Lecture 1: Using mentalization in psychoanalytic couple psychotherapy with high conflict couples
Lecture 2: Are interpretations different with same gender couples?
De Jutters Conference, The Hague, Netherlands January 2015
Mentalizing in children and adolescent psychotherapy: Recover and discover:
The research trial of the Parenting Together Model of Intervention
University College London Psychoanalysis Unit June 2014
Sexualities in Psychoanalysis Study Day
The Erica Foundation Mentalization Symposium Stockholm, Sweden April 2013
The Parenting Together Service: Mentalization based therapy for Inter-parental conflict to improve outcomes for children
The Anna Freud Centre and University College London. Conference on Mentalization - based interventions for families. London May 2012.
The work of the Parenting Together service and model of intervention
Dispute Resolution Annual Conference September 2012 Oxford University
Parenting Together: from Conflict to Collaboration. An intervention model and service for parents in dispute
My consulting room is located 5 mins walk from Swiss Cottage Tube station, 10 mins walk from Finchley Road Tube station, and 15 mins walk from Belsize Park Tube station. There are many buses serving the area and whilst there is some parking nearby, it is very limited.
Fees and paying for therapy
My fees for therapy can be on a sliding scale but are usually £80 - 100 for individuals and £110 - 130 for couples. Other charges for supervision are available on request. Methods of payment: Payment is usually monthly in arrears and can be made by bank transfer, cheque, or cash. For initial consultations or stand-alone sessions I normally ask you to pay at the end of the session.
Initially, it is a good idea to meet two or three times to get a sense of the issues which have brought you to consider therapy. It also gives you a chance to find out about therapy and see whether it seems like this might be the right way forward. Once we have met a couple of times, and have begun to understand the nature of your difficulties, then together we can discuss both the choice of therapeutic approach and also the frequency of the therapy. If it looks like I may not be the right person to help you, then we can see whether a referral on to someone else or another service might be indicated, so that you can access the best kind of help for your situation.
Starting therapy and missed sessions
If you decide to start therapy, in order to get the most out the work, then sessions are best undertaken regularly, normally weekly and - if at all possible - at the same time each week. As part of the therapy, I undertake a commitment to keeping the appointment available and open for you each week. This means that I do charge for missed sessions as they are reserved for you even in their absence. If you are unable to attend, I will make every effort to offer a replacement session during the week though this might not always be possible.
I will endeavour to give ample notice of times when I am away from work and I normally take my holidays around Christmas, Easter and later in the Summer. You are not charged for sessions when I am away, and occasionally there may be other times when I need to be away but I will always try to let you know of these in advance.