MINAT LYONS, MA MBACP
Whatever brings you to therapy, I offer a confidential space to explore what’s troubling you, and to be listened to sensitively, free from judgments or preconceptions.
There are any number of reasons why someone might want to talk. Perhaps following a distressing event such as a loss or bereavement; or to address a longer standing issue, such as a difficulty or question relating to their work, relationships or sexuality. Often, the problem isn’t so clear; one might feel unfulfilled, anxious or depressed, but it could take some talking through to get a sense of what’s really going on.
A psychoanalytic approach doesn’t assume that what you’re going through is self-explanatory, reducible to generic formulations or off-the-shelf solutions. It recognises that our suffering is bound up with our unique subjectivity and lived experience, and is attentive to the ways in which our thoughts and feelings in the present are shaped by our unique personal histories and by unconscious ideas, desires, and prohibitions that move us without our realising it.
I give you the space to talk freely about what you’re struggling with, and to explore what it means to you in the context of your life, what you care about, and what you want. Through that process you may come to understand yourself and your suffering differently, and find that new possibilities become available to you.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I hold a Master’s degree in Psychoanalysis & Contemporary Society, and an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I am also a candidate on the clinical training programme at the Lacanian psychoanalytic institute the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. I abide by the BACP and UKCP codes of ethics.
HOW LONG DOES THERAPY LAST?
That’s up to you. Some people find a short period of sessions can help to address an immediate concern; others choose to explore the roots of their difficulties in a more open-ended way, potentially over several years.
WHAT IS THE FREQUENCY OF SESSIONS?
Usually, we would start out meeting once a week. Later on, we may decide to increase or decrease the frequency of sessions, depending on what we think will best support the work.
HOW LONG DOES EACH SESSION LAST?
Sessions are usually around 40-50 minutes. It is generally more productive to end sessions on a particularly resonant thought or significant question, rather than after an arbitrary fixed duration.
WHERE DO SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?
I offer sessions in person at my consulting room in North London, or online via Zoom or Skype.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
I work with a sliding fee scale, based on individual circumstances. The initial consultation session is £60, and we would then agree an ongoing fee if we decide to continue working together.
WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?
If you would like to arrange a brief phone call to discuss the possibility of working together or to set up an initial consultation session, you can email me at email@example.com.
If we conclude that another therapist or kind of therapy might be a better fit for you, I would be happy to refer you to a suitable colleague.