Take your wellbeing into your hands
The question of wellbeing touches us all. It's a sort of dynamic dance. Naturally confronted with life events and challenges, whether physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual or psychological, we are in flux, shifting in balance, and once again towards equilibrium.
How do I work?
We are often looking for a quick fix to most of our problems. Yet, these difficulties are often deeper rooted. In my work, I take an integrative approach, working in dialogue; phenomenologically, yet informed by psychodynamic theory. The relationship with the therapist is a crucial element in the therapy. The primary focus of my work is to help others gain insight and awareness of their current situation through an understanding of past experiences and relationships. We then use that understanding in the present, for that is where change occurs. Therapy is not something I do to others or for others; it is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from the patient and therapist alike. Making small changes to self-defeating behavior and coping with feelings of sadness, fear, and pain can bring life-altering results. It may be helpful to think of therapy as a journey. Rather than telling someone where to go, I see myself more as a guide, pointing out things that may not have been noticed, suggesting things to consider and exploring or offering a new perspective.
I am a qualified psychotherapist and counselor accredited by the UK Council for Counselling and Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I have an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (ADIP) and a PGD in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Regent’s College and an MS in Counselling and a BA in Psychology from The City University of New York. I am a Professional Member of the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology at Regent’s College. I am bi-lingual English-French.
What to Expect
After your initial contact, we will arrange a consultation which will last 60 minutes. In this time we can talk about why you have come to therapy and whether I am the right person to help you.
Who Comes to Therapy
Perhaps you are down or anxious - maybe you are unsure about the future of a relationship, or just feel that you aren't living the life you were meant to lead. Whatever your needs may be, I am here to offer support. That step through the door is one step further towards your wellbeing. Now it is all in your hands.
Psychotherapy requires a personal investment. Psychotherapy attempts to be a realistic endeavor, and for this reason, I have a flexible cancellation policy with limits. For example, I take cancellations up to 48 hours notice with no fee for the canceled session and try to reschedule when possible. There is no contract. You are free to leave when you see fit.
Fees are negotiated during the first session and usually range from £60 to £75 for weekly 45-minute sessions. Initial consultations are £60 for 60 minutes.
ABOUT ME/Deborah Petrich
My career began in the US in 1982, as a counselor for the New York City Board of Education. In 1990 I moved to Paris, where I taught and ran seminars for 12 years. I have lived in London for 16 years. From 2005 to 2010, I worked as an Honorary Psychotherapist in Adult Mental Health in a Specialist NHS Psychotherapy Department where I treated patients and co-led a mixed group of survivors of sexual abuse.
Presently, I have a private practice in London, as well as offer wellbeing workshops and presentations to private companies.
As a woman, wife, mother, colleague, friend, sister and psychotherapist, I live in relationship. I see myself as a work in progress; evolving changing challenging and questioning. It is this questioning that defines and guides me in my journey towards authentic practice.
“Wellbeing is not a beach you go and lie on. It’s a sort of dynamic dance and there is movement in that all the time..."
Services I Offer
I love helping my patients develop the tools they need to cope with all of life’s challenges. Contact me today to learn more and book a session.