The Practice Rooms, 150 Caledonian Road, London

N1 5RD

United Kingdom

Alyx Lakewood

Attachment-Based Psychotherapy

Hello

I have completed my 4 year UKCP accredited training with The Bowlby Centre, London. I am on the UKCP trainee register and am working towards my national registration with the UKCP. I abide by the codes and ethics of both the UKCP & my training organization.

I work with individuals only, aged 18 and above. I am not able to offer couples work. I work with clients on a once or twice weekly basis and therapy sessions last 50 minutes. I work on an open-ended basis which means that therapy lasts for as long as the client wishes. I usually work for a minimum of 6 months with clients.

I have been working with clients coming to therapy with a variety of issues such as anxiety, trauma, life transitions, body image and eating issues. My clinical interests are varied, and include gender, identity and sexuality. I am also interested in working with clients with dissociative experiences and the links with and to trauma experiences.

My contact details are at the foot of this site, and do contact me via email if you would like to start therapy or have some further questions.   Please see the practicalities section further down where you will find more information on therapy such as my current availability, fees.

Thinking about starting therapy can feel daunting, and overwhelming. I hope this site helps give you an insight into how I work, and what therapy together could look like.  

 













About Psychotherapy

 Psychotherapy is a unique space, in which you can explore in confidence, experiences both past and present which may be impacting your life right now.

Clients come to therapy for a number of reasons and with experiences that may be affecting how you are at home, work and in relationship with others. You may have specific experiences that you want to explore and have a firm idea of what you would like to work with and on in therapy.  Equally you may just have a feeling that something is not quite right in your life and want a safe space to go deeper.
 
Psychotherapy is a space in which you can seek meaning around your experiences and ways of being in the world.  It maybe that you have never had space or time in which to seek support for your experiences. This unique process can help you find your voice, give words to feelings and emotions all within the confidential space of therapy.  You may through the process find new ways of feeling, thinking and experiencing yourself and how you relate to other people.

You may have experiences of being discriminated against and pushed to the margins. Marginalization is a very powerful experience, and multiple experiences of this can affect our sense of self and how we view ourselves. I welcome all aspects of my client's experiences into the room including those around marginalization. I respect each part of your experiences and welcome exploration around marginalization if that is something you would want to talk about with me.  

From my own experience of psychotherapy before and during my training, I have found it offers great potential, as a space in which you can speak and find your voice for your experiences in order to move onwards.  I aim at all times to advocate for you, as you begin to explore and find your voice for your story in psychotherapy with me.  I will stand with you in our journey together.


How I work 

My starting point is that all clients are unique. Your experiences, and story are just yours.  Psychotherapy is not a one approach fits all clients way of working. We will work together to create your therapy space in which you will be able to start to explore your experiences both past and present of being in the  world and in relation to other people. 

My training is informed by an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy framework. Attachment is about our earliest relationships with our caretakers in the first years of life. Those relationships and how we develop a sense of self through them can have long last impacts into adult life. Part of an attachment-based approach will be to look at your early experiences and see how they have shaped and informed you.  Psychoanalysis seeks to bring out those thoughts, fears, hopes and desires which we may not be aware of (that remain below the surface). One way to work possibly with the hidden aspects is through dreams for example. 

I believe that therapy is at its heart, a co-created relationship between client and therapist.  Part of therapy is paying attention to our relationship not just at the start of therapy but as an ongoing aspect of psychotherapy. At the start of therapy, we will take time to build our relationship through getting to know each other to help build trust and safety.  It is only when that sense of safety begins to grow that you can explore further what your experiences have been.

Practicalities

If you decide you would like to enquire further after reading about my approach, please contact me via email.

 I would then arrange with you, a free of charge, no obligation 30 minute Zoom session to talk a little more about what you hope for, would like to work on in therapy.

After that if you decide you want to begin therapy, by mutual agreement, we would then arrange a full assessment session (normal session fee) to talk more together about your history, background and upbringing. It is a relaxed conversation and enables both you and I to meet and talk in person, and in more detail than our initial call.


At this time (May 2024) my concessionary spaces are currently full. My full fee starts at £50.00 per session upwards.  For in person work, please contact me to discuss your requirements as my clinical practice is a shared space and can be full at certain times/days of the week.   I do have spaces at this time for clients interested in online therapy.  


My clinical practice is located near to Kings Cross, a short 7-10 minute walk from the station, and located near to bus routes which serve that area. For clients who are unable to attend in person sessions, I work online via Zoom. A secure link is provided to clients for Zoom sessions.  For some clients who wish to attend twice weekly therapy, but are not able to attend both sessions in person, a hybrid arrangement can be made by agreement (one session in person, one session online).
 

Contact Me

Email:  AlyxDLakewood@protonmail.com

I aim to respond to email enquires within 1 working day (Monday-Friday). Any enquiries received over a weekend will receive a reply from the next working day (Monday)


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