My name is May Fitzpatrick, I am an NHS trained Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, working at HQ Therapy Rooms in Hackney, E8.
My approach to therapy comes from an understanding that life is inevitably stressful at times, and this can leave all of us struggling to deal with difficult emotional experiences that we sometimes need help to manage. It can be that the way we try to deal with things that are happening can become part of the problem, and on some occasions become a problem in an of itself. Some awareness of this is frequently when people decide to seek help to try to feel differently, and experience themselves and the world in a more secure and less stressful way.
Research shows that talking therapy is the best way to help most people with their emotional problems and symptoms. I genuinely believe in the beneficial potential of a boundaried, confidential and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship to explore and interact with feelings and behaviour that may be negatively impacting on your life. You may be experiencing difficulties with personal relationships or those at work, finding it hard to come to terms with something that has happened, or struggling with a sense of confusion and difficulty knowing what to do next in your life. I hold an understanding that feelings and experiences right from infancy shape who we are and how we learn to live and understand our lives.
How I Work:
Research also shows that the quality of the relationship with the therapist is the most important thing in determining how effective therapy can be. With this in mind, I offer a flexible consultation service initially than can last up to four sessions of 1.5hrs. This is so that we can really take the time to think together about what has brought you to seek help, how you would like things to change and if we are going to be able to work towards this together.
If we decide to work together, I offer regular weekly sessions of 50mins. My fee is £80 for a consultation and £60 per ongoing session.
I am professionally registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council and the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists, having qualified at Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. I have worked in the complex care services of three NHS trusts since 2013. I hold an MA in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the University of Essex. I have experience in working with people from diverse cultures across the adult age range and I welcome working with people from all backgrounds and identities. I am open to working with people who are struggling with a particular issue or set of circumstances, as well as those who are looking for a deeper change and personality development. I have experience in dealing with a broad range of issues, including personality disorders, eating disorders, anxiety, stress, depression, relationship difficulties, loss and bereavement, body dysmorphia, hypochondria, paranoia, drug and alcohol abuse, trauma, PTSD, identity issues, OCD and self-harm.