I work with adults and young people (16+ years) experiencing a range of difficulties over both the long and short term.

I employ an integrative therapeutic style, collaboratively working with you to tailor therapy sessions to address your particular needs. My overarching approach is rooted in Bowen systems, but I also draw on a diversity of psychological approaches including humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural.

Where individual clients are between 16-18 years old the therapeutic process will include both individual therapy sessions and family therapy sessions (typically monthly).

Where the issues in individual therapy involve relationship dynamics with a significant other, it will be highly valuable to also have some couple sessions.

My approach to my client work has been developed through my doctoral level training, research and extensive experience working in the NHS, mental health charity, private sector and workplace settings.

Issues that clients bring to therapy include:

  • Anxiety and anxiety disorders
  • Stress

  • Depression

  • Trauma

  • Crisis or Breakdown

  • Relationship issues

  • Parenting challenges

  • Life adjustment issues e.g. separation, loss, change, bereavement

  • Work-related stress & burnout

  • Low self-esteem

  • Meaning, spirituality and identity

  • Personality disorders

  • Mood disorders

Underlying principles

I draw on some underlying principles and dialectical tensions to inform my therapeutic work.

Get Better and Stay Better

I seek to find a balance between recognising your natural desire for swift symptom relief with exploring the deeper issues that underlie the development of the symptoms in order to foster long-term wellbeing.

Grow all your Relationships

The therapeutic relationship is a vitally important route to change within therapy. However I also explicitly seek to mature your ‘real’ relationships, so life is really lived differently.

Integrate your Life

We tend to repeat our patterns of behaviour, roles and relationship dynamics at both work and home. And each sphere reciprocally influences the other. I draw on the breadth of your life experiences to help you gain meaningful insight to guide change.

Thinking vs Feeling

Maturity in both cognitive and emotional processing are vital elements of psychological well-being and health. We tend to favour, and therefore be stronger in one element or the other. I will work with you to strengthen both elements.

Anxiety as Marmite

Love it or hate it, anxiety is everywhere. It is often the motivation that gets us into therapy in the first place, but it can also paralyse us. I aim to create a secure base within the therapeutic relationship from which to give you the courage to step out of your comfort zone, face your anxieties and calm your reactivity.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are therapy sessions?
Individual therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length.

How often do sessions take place?
Sessions take place on a weekly basis, on the same day of the week and at the same time.

Where do sessions take place?
Sessions can be held face-to-face at my Harley Street practice and my Surbiton practice. I also offer remote sessions via Zoom / Skype.

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How much do you charge?
Fees vary depending on location and they range between £130 and £215 per session.

What happens first?
Your initial assessment session is an opportunity for you to tell me what you would like to work on or wish to explore. It will also help you get a sense of what therapy with me will be like. By the end of the first session we will have worked together to identify the focus of the work, begun to formulate the underlying issues and agreed a contract for working together.

How many sessions will I need?
It may be that brief therapy with a solution-focused approach will be suitable for you, particularly if you have a specific short-term issue. However, it could be that you would prefer to leave it open- ended for longer-term work. Both options can be discussed in your first session. Either way, we will review our work together regularly to ensure therapy continues to meet your needs.

What to do next?

Book a FREE 20 minute phone consultation.

This phone call will give you the chance to discuss your hopes and aims for therapy, answer any questions you have and discuss practical details.

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“You have inherited a lifetime of tribulation. Everybody has inherited it. Take it over, make the most of it and when you have decided you know the right way, do the best you can with it.”

Murray Bowen

Testimonials

Dr Kissell is extremely good at what she does. She goes above and beyond, and is constantly looking for new techniques that could help me and sending me resources. Her ability to adapt her approach is very impressive and works really well especially with trauma where things are never black-and-white…. She is very likeable and a great listener. Would highly recommend.

“Out of the four experiences with talking therapy, this has been the best and most helpful. Never felt pressured or rushed. A fantastic help across all issues of my life.“

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