Paul Carslake puts empathy and warmth at the heart of his therapeutic work, aiming to build up a strong and trusting relationship that can become a lasting force for change. He works psychodynamically, bringing together three distinct areas: the past, where events and relationships can define how you feel about things today; your present life, and the challenges you face now; and the therapeutic relationship itself, which offers clues about emotions and states of mind that might otherwise remain unspoken. This approach takes a few months to unfold fully, so for people who would like to invest a little less time in therapy, Paul also offers brief counselling work aimed at exploring solutions to a specific challenge.
Paul’s former career was in journalism and book publishing, and he worked in large organisations for nearly three decades. Having later studied the psychology of organisational behaviour, he has a keen interest in how work stress has roots both within ourselves and in workplace culture. Outside specific work-related themes (such as perfectionism or imposter syndrome), Paul has worked with clients on issues including generalised anxiety and depression, bereavement, jealousy, relationship breakdown, toxic parents, addictions, and a range of issues amplified by social media, including problems with self-esteem and body dysmorphia.
Paul is a psychodynamic psychotherapist with an MSc from Birkbeck, London. Currently working in private practice, he has three years’ clinical experience and is a fully-registered member of the BACP. He also has extensive experience in the voluntary sector, having spent five years with Samaritans – and so is happy to offer telephone counselling (and Skype) for clients who request this.
Paul works in private practice at The Awareness Centre in Clapham.