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Katharine (Katy) Lifely

Katharine (katy) Lifely

Counsellor in London

I am a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, working with adults of all ages from diverse backgrounds who are experiencing a variety of issues.

I believe that to explore difficult feelings and worries, it is important to have a safe and secure place to allow thoughts and feelings to arise in their own time, and in a non-judgmental and confidential relationship. Sometimes your concerns can benefit from a short-term approach, but difficulties which are rooted in past experiences or childhood may take more time to be made sense of.

People who come to see me have experienced a range of issues in life, which may be helped by exploring feelings and thoughts. These include relationship difficulties (both heterosexual and LGBT+ ) anxiety and depression, post-natal depression, low self confidence and self esteem, difficulty communicating feelings and emotions, suicidal feelings, addiction, abuse, self harm, eating disorders or coming to terms with life changing events,.

I offer both short term counselling and long term psychotherapy .

I have worked in the voluntary sector, in private practice, in a secondary school and in NHS (in a psychotherapy unit and for GPs).

To make an initial appointment, you can telephone 07914394814, although you may be put through to voicemail. Your voicemail message is confidential and I will respond as soon as possible.

I offer a limited number of places for those who are unable to afford the full fee.

Background & Qualifications

I am a registered professional member of the BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council), The UKCP ( the UK Council for Psychotherapy) The BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and The FPC (Foundation for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I comply with their ethical codes.

In addition to my private practice I have worked a within the NHS as an Honorary Psychotherapist and with a community counselling services provider.

I first qualified as a Counsellor Several years ago and went on to further study and to qualify as a Psychotherapist within the rigorous WPF trainings, one of the leading academic and clinical institutions for psychotherapy in the UK.

My Specialisms

People come to counselling for many different reasons. Please give me a call or contact me by email if you feel it may help you to talk through an issue, however big or small it seems.

I have extensive experience of working with a range of issues, including: relationship difficulties, addiction, anger management, anxiety and depression, post-natal depression, bereavement and loss, low self confidence and self esteem, difficulty communicating feelings and emotions, suicidal feelings, abuse, self harm, eating disorders, disability, health related issues, Trauma, Post-traumatic stress , Stress and transitions in life after life changing events.

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

I work as a Counsellor and Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. Both Counselling and Psychotherapy take place in a setting that is both private and confidential, allowing a feeling of trust, safety and openness to develop. It is an opportunity for you to talk about and explore thoughts and feelings that are worrying or frightening, with a therapist who doesn't judge you or advise you, but will allow you to find a way forward that is right for you.

To have the experience of two minds thinking about you can be a healing experience in itself, as you may discover a better understanding of your thoughts, patterns, feelings and beliefs. Habitual ways of feeling about yourself and your relationships can be recognised and perhaps linked with experiences from much earlier, allowing you to make different decisions or ways of looking at things, enabling you to have increased options and perhaps make different choices.

Counselling tends to look at immediate difficulties and is usually a shorter term therapy, perhaps concentrating on one issue and usually involves meeting weekly. Psychotherapy with a trained and experienced therapist allows deeper seated issues or psychological problems to be explored over time, and as they arise. It is a way of managing more complex areas, that perhaps have built up over time, and which may stem from experiences from childhood. Sometimes our worries are rooted in ways of being that we learnt early in life, and a sensitive, kind and secure relationship with your therapist can give meaning to experiences from long ago. Psychotherapy can also be a way of coming to know yourself better, and to deal with transitions to different stages of life and the frequency of meetings may be more than once weekly.

Psychodynamic therapy uses the relationship which builds up over time to look at some of the more profound and complex areas of difficulties in our lives, and takes place over a longer period of time than counselling and your hopes, dreams and disappointments have a place to be safely explored.




Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Psychotherapy In Person £65 per 50 minutes
Counselling In Person £65 per 50 minutes

Additional Rate Information

St. Albans rates are £55 per session. I offer a limited number of places for those who are unable to afford the full fee.