WHO WE ARE
Matthew Bell, MSc.
Matthew Bell, MSc. is a psychoanalyst and founding member of the Farringdon Practice. His eight year analytic training with the British Psychoanalytic Association followed four years at Birkbeck College, University of London, gaining his MSc., as well as one year at the Society of Analytical Psychology. Matthew worked as a therapist in Holloway Prison (2006 – 2008) and Soho NHS (2004 – 2012), seeing individuals and co-facilitating a therapy group. He was also a Samaritan volunteer from 2000 to 2006. He started his private practice in 2009.
Matthew was elected a councillor for the City of London Corporation in 2017, where he is also the Mental Health Champion. He is behind the setting up of a City of London Mental Health Centre, providing high quality intervention irrespective of income, which is due to open in the Square Mile in 2020. As well as the BPA, Matthew is a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association and the British Psychoanalytic Council.
Counsellor and psychotherapist
Tessa Ettedgui is an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. She trained at the Minster Centre, holds an advanced diploma and MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and is registered and accredited with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Her background in education has given her a particular interest in working with young adults, although she has experience in working with a range of clients of different ages, sexualities, linguistic and cultural backgrounds. She has worked in the NHS as well as in private practice and is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish and BSL. Tessa works with clients on both a short-term and open-ended basis.
Leanne Hoffman is an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist with a Postgraduate Diploma and MA in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy and a registered and accredited member of the BACP – British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Her focus is on helping people explore their thoughts, feelings and past to help relieve difficult emotional states, understand more about their patterns of behaviour and improve many areas of peoples lives like their stresses, anxieties, relationships and much more.
Leanne believes that once people have a better understanding of what drives their behaviour and their ways of interacting with others, there is the chance to truly flourish.
Leanne has also worked, for the last twenty years, as a consultant, coach and trainer specialising in organisational and individual development. In addition, she is a co-founder of HealthyMinds@Work a consultancy that helps organisations look after the mental and emotional health of employees.
Susanne Levin is a founding member of The Farringdon Practice and is an experienced attachment psychoanalytical psychotherapist trained in The Bowlby Centre and accredited by the UKCP.
She has been working for 13 years with individuals of different backgrounds and is especially interested in the societal impact on peoples well being as well as family dynamics.
Susanne’s main emphasis would be the utmost importance of knowing oneself.
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Svetlana Fleming is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist (UKCP) psychodynamic supervisor (BAPPS) and IPT therapist (IPTUK) and has extensive clinical experience of working both in the health service and private practice.
Svetlana offers psychodynamic psychotherapy to individuals interested in working through their emotional difficulties and understanding themselves at a deeper level which often involves exploration of their early life experiences.
Svetlana also offers consultations and treatment to individuals interested in time limited therapeutic work such as psychodynamic counselling and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT).
Svetlana has considerable experience in supervising counselling psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors working in primary care.
Her special interests include treatments of chronic depression, generalised anxiety, relationship difficulties, complex bereavement and adjustment disorder.
She can offer therapy in English and Serbo-Croat.
Enrica Balestra MSc,
Enrica Balestra MSc, MPhil is an integrative psychotherapist who trained at the Metanoia Institute. She is a member of the BACP, a clinical supervisor and is registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). She has over 16 years’ experience in private practice, employee assistance programmes, education and the voluntary sector. Alongside her private practice, she held the post of counsellor/coordinator in a Further Education College for many years. Originally from an academic background in comparative literature, Enrica draws from the humanistic and the psychodynamic tradition to help clients explore and move beyond their sometimes limiting and painful life stories. Enrica is Italian, fluent in English and conversant in French and has worked with a wide variety of clients from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, age, sexualities and disabilities. She has a special interest in trauma, narrative and the arts as well as in the way in which cultural norms and social expectations affect our sense of self and wellbeing. She has specialist training in Somatic Trauma Therapy, CBT and has extensive experience working with young adults.
Louise Hayman MA is a psychoanalyst, a member of the British Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytical Association. She has many years of experience working with adults in the NHS in a low fee psychotherapy service as well as in her private practice, seeing some individuals once a week and others more intensively up to 5 times a week. She is registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council.
Jo Wise, BA (Hons), MSc.
Jo Wise, BA (Hons), MSc. is an experienced psychotherapist, working with patients individually, over long or short term periods, taking each person’s needs and circumstances into consideration. Motivated by a curiosity in people and their capacity to develop, she believes it is the task of the therapist to help people explore possible alternatives to their fixed ways of seeing the world and to their ingrained patterns of living – both of which may cause them to feel stuck in the past, or to feel consumed by present difficulties.
Jo has experience of working within the NHS, University counselling services and private practice. She is an accredited member of the BACP – British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. It ensures that all its members are appropriately trained and qualified. She adheres to the strict guidelines of the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
Jo works analytically to help people explore and make sense of difficult feelings and behaviours, and identify possible underlying causes of their distress. She works one to one with individuals, both on a short and long term basis, depending on the difficulties that each person wishes to explore and understand. Her experience of working with patients includes a wide range of emotional difficulties.
Julia Utting is a Psychoanalyst (BPA / BPC)/ Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist (UKCP) working with individuals seeking help for a range of emotional difficulties. She offers 1-3 x weekly psychotherapy sessions as well as more intensive psychoanalysis 4-5 times a week over a number of years. Prior to setting up in private practice, Julia worked for 25 years as a counsellor / therapist in schools, colleges and universities supporting students and staff. She has an interest in and understanding of the educational process and the impact of emotional factors on both teaching and learning. Julia also provides clinical supervision to students on counselling and psychotherapy trainings and has supervised MIND volunteers.