Dr Paul Garden.
I am a HCPC registered psychologist, chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP).
Equipped with degrees from several prestigious London universities, I have spent several years working in the NHS in a number of services, providing psychological treatment various for mental health issues, ranging from relatively low intensity care to higher levels of psychological complexity (primary, secondary and tertiary services).
While personality, anxiety and emotional trauma remain areas of expertise, I am interested and experienced in working with adults who want to engage in psychotherapy to think about themselves more deeply, and understand themselves better. As a psychologist, I am trained and experienced with a range of psychological models, though I mainly use a psychoanalytic model for therapy.
Painful life events and personal issues often lead to putting difficult thoughts and feelings to the back of the mind, which results in only temporary relief from emotional pain as the difficult issues remain unresolved and therefore keep reappearing. Talking this through with a psychologist can help you to understand the origins of your problems and help you to understand the process by which they are reinforced and maintained. The process of therapy is aimed at developing understanding of your distress through examining the present situation and exploring how past experiences might be influencing it, and using these insights to develop a sense of control over the situation and, therefore, your life.
Over the past decade, I have worked in the NHS and a range of mental health charities, as well as my private practice, which I operate from the Harley Street district of central London, and from Shoreditch in the City.
I offer an initial consultation session at a reduced rate (£60), as an opportunity for you to describe in detail the issues that have brought you to therapy, and to ask me any questions you might have, and also for me to then explain how we might approach your treatment. Based on this, I usually recommend that you take some time to consider before committing to therapy.