Ian is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with over 20 years' experience in a variety of settings including the NHS, charity and private sectors.
After developing an interest as an undergraduate in the work of the radical psychiatrist RD Laing and his approach to understanding and treating mental illness, I went on to complete a therapy training with the Philadelphia Association, the charity Laing established in 1965 and continues to offer a unique and alternative, open-minded approach to psychotherapy. I subsequently maintained my affiliation with the Philadelphia Association taking a position as a house therapist in one of their residential therapeutic communities in North London, where I worked for 10 years.
I currently maintain well established private psychotherapy practices in Brighton and London where I see adults for individual psychotherapy. I continue to base part of my practice within the charity sector in Brighton. During the current health crisis, I am only offering online sessions, but face to face sessions remain a possibility in the future.
I have always been committed to making psychological therapy as accessible as possible to all sections of the community and I bring this commitment to my practice along with the depth and breadth of my skills and experience as a psychotherapist.
Therapy is an attempt to wrestle with the forces, unconscious and otherwise which exert an oppressive structure around the individuals ways of thinking, feeling and being in the world.
My practice attempts to create the ‘room to breathe’ where it is safe to examine the contours of what has been deemed unquestionable, unthinkable and unsayable by the discursive practices of the dominant culture.
I work with people with a variety of concerns such as sexual and relationship problems, anxiety, depression, conflicts at work, and a loss of meaning and purpose in their lives.
While some people come with specific issues, psychoanalytic psychotherapy can simply be the desire to undertake a journey of discovery.