Is psychotherapy for me?

People often seek psychotherapy because they are struggling with personal, behavioural or emotional difficulty and have come to a point where they want this to change. Speaking to a psychotherapist can help you through difficult times and enable this change. Psychotherapy can help a wide range of emotional difficulties that affect adults including: depression, anxiety, bereavement, trauma, eating problems, addictions, abuse, relationship problems, self esteem issues.

If you feel you have issues or problems that you would like to address in a non-judgemental & safe environment, psychotherapy could be for you.

Please visit the FAQ section of this site for additional information or feel free to get in touch directly.

The way I work:

I believe the therapeutic process is a collaborative venture, and place the relationship between the therapist and client at the heart of therapeutic success. I see myself as a facilitator to your process and I aim to help you find the answers by asking the right questions.

I work in a non-directive way, meaning I let you as client guide the sessions, using a humanistic and integrative approach and drawing on aspects of different therapeutic modalities to fit your needs, such as psychodynamic psychotherapy, gestalt, mindfulness. I will also sometimes incorporate techniques set out in the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) model if appropriate. I encourage creativity and welcome the opportunity to work creatively in sessions.

I am particularly interested in early childhood development and the impact early childhood experiences have on our adult lives.

What I hope you will find when you come to see me is a warm, caring and safe place where you can start to explore aspects of yourself you may not have the opportunity to elsewhere.

Experience and training:

I am a fully qualified BACP registered psychotherapist. I began my foundation training with the Tivoli Institute in Dublin in 2010, going on to complete their professional diploma in early 2014. I relocated to London in early 2015. Since then I have worked in various counselling and therapy placements including Lambeth NHS Talk Therapy IAPT service and at the University of Roehampton in South West London. I currently work in private practice in East London and online. I have recently completed a diploma in online counselling skills approved by ACTO, the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online.

I have worked with a wide range of clients, both in the short and long term, on a great variety of issues with a particular interest and focus on anxiety, relationship and family issues, stress- especially work related stress, depression, anger and self-esteem issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

One of my main goals as a therapist working today is to remove any perceived secrecy around the process of psychotherapy. This in turn will hopefully help to end any remaining stigma attached to seeking help from a mental health professional. Because of this, I truly welcome any questions you may have about psychotherapy and will do my best to clear up any issues or uncertainty you have around it.

I have answered below some of the more practical questions that I get asked:

How long is each session and how much does it cost?

The initial consultation lasts between 30 and 45 minutes and is £40.

Each subsequent therapy session lasts 50 minute. Prices start at £55 for in-person sessions and £45 online. I do sometimes have reduced rate slots available so do get in touch if you require a concession.

I also offer a free 10 min phone call before the initial consultation for any client who would like to take this option. Get in touch to schedule this.

How do I pay?

The initial consultation fee should be paid in advance of the session by bank transfer or PayPal. All subsequent sessions are invoiced on a monthly basis.

How often do I have to attend?

Clients generally attend one session per week. Each session will take place at the same time each week where possible.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you will be unable to attend a session, please let me know as soon as possible. I require 48 hours’ notice to cancel a session without charge.

Can you tell me a bit about the structure of the sessions?

I work in a non-directive way. This essentially means that I let the client lead the session. I value the importance and significance of the unconscious and believe that everything that happens in each session is relevant. This is also true of the relationship that develops between the client and the therapist; it is important and crucial to effective therapy.

What can I expect from my first appointment?

The first appointment is a chance for you to discuss what you hope to get out of coming to therapy and to ask me any questions you may have, whether that is about my approach specifically or general questions about the therapeutic process. During this consultation you can expect me to ask you specific questions about your background, your current situation and anything else that may be relevant to the work we can do together. It is not a therapy session and so the format will feel different to any subsequent sessions. The appointment can last from 30 to 45 minutes and is free of charge. There is no obligation to continue with a course of therapy after this initial consultation.

How long will I have to attend therapy for?

This is a very open ended question and one that is difficult to answer but it’s very important to understand that therapy is not a quick fix. Some people come to therapy with a very specific goal in mind or to focus on a particular issue and wish to solely work towards that. This can certainly be a more time limited process. For other people, it may be about deep exploration of the self or to help with longstanding issues. This is a longer process by the end of which I hope the client will have a much greater understanding and acceptance of themselves.

To give an example- someone who is recently bereaved and needs a place to come to offload and process how they are feeling may only wish to come for a limited number of sessions. Someone who suffers with long term anxiety or depression may need more extensive and in-depth psychotherapy to properly address their issues. This will be discussed at the initial consultation.

To begin with, I ask each client to agree to a minimum of 6 sessions. This commitment only has to be made after the initial consultation if you decide you wish to proceed. 6 sessions should allow both of us to get a sense of our ability to collaborate and work together on a more ongoing basis.

Your name is Aoife, that’s unusual… how do you pronounce it?

My name is Aoife and to most people outside of my native Ireland it certainly is unusual. It is pronounced E-E-F-A-H. I tell people it’s just like Eva with an ‘f’ instead of a ‘v’, or Fifa without the first ‘f’.

Get In Touch

I am currently working in East London and online. Please feel free to contact me on +44 75 94 936 260 or if you would like to talk to me directly or have any questions that have not been answered on this site.