The Farringdon Practice opened on September 2nd. 2013. The express aim of the Practice is to reach as much of the local community as possible, irrespective of income. We have a team of eleven highly experienced practitioners who work with various psychotherapeutic models including attachment, psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, integrative and existential. It is important though for the goal of each individual who contacts the Practice to be put before any particular theory. Each member is accredited with their respective bodies and adhere to their code of ethics. These organisations are listed below.
British Psychoanalytic Council
UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
British Psychoanalytic Association
What we do?
Psychotherapy is about untangling difficult emotions in a confidential space with someone who will get to know you very well but will at the same time remain on the outside of your everyday life. Psychotherapy is a place where you can clarify your thoughts and emotions, enabling you to shift gear and move forward. We believe this happens as a result from getting to know yourself and your authentic thoughts and feelings better. Psychotherapy invites you to see yourself in a new light and it is a space to think about your strengths and how to develop them.
Here are some of the issues that we work with:
Who we are:
Matthew Bell, MSc.
Matthew Bell, MSc. is a psychoanalyst and founding member of the Farringdon Practice. His eight year analytic training with the British Psychoanalytic Association followed four years at Birkbeck College, University of London, gaining his MSc., as well as one year at the Society of Analytical Psychology. Matthew worked as a therapist in Holloway Prison (2006 – 2008) and Soho NHS (2004 – 2012), seeing individuals and co-facilitating a therapy group. He was also a Samaritan volunteer from 2000 to 2006. He started his private practice in 2009.
Matthew was elected a councillor for the City of London Corporation in 2017, where he is also the Mental Health Champion. He is behind the setting up of a City of London Mental Health Centre, providing high quality intervention irrespective of income, which is due to open in the Square Mile in 2020. As well as the BPA, Matthew is a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association and the British Psychoanalytic Council.
Susanne Levin is a founding member of The Farringdon Practice and is an experienced attachment psychoanalytical psychotherapist trained in The Bowlby Centre and accredited by the UKCP.
She has been working for 13 years with individuals of different backgrounds and is especially interested in the societal impact on peoples well being as well as family dynamics.
Susanne’s main emphasis would be the utmost importance of knowing oneself.See link below: www.thebowlbycentre.org.uk
Enrica Balestra MSc,
Enrica Balestra MSc, MPhil is an integrative psychotherapist who trained at the Metanoia Institute. She is a member of the BACP, a clinical supervisor and is registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). She has over 16 years’ experience in private practice, employee assistance programmes, education and the voluntary sector. Alongside her private practice, she held the post of counsellor/coordinator in a Further Education College for many years. Originally from an academic background in comparative literature, Enrica draws from the humanistic and the psychodynamic tradition to help clients explore and move beyond their sometimes limiting and painful life stories. Enrica is Italian, fluent in English and conversant in French and has worked with a wide variety of clients from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, age, sexualities and disabilities. She has a special interest in trauma, narrative and the arts as well as in the way in which cultural norms and social expectations affect our sense of self and wellbeing. She has specialist training in Somatic Trauma Therapy, CBT and has extensive experience working with young adults.
Counsellor and psychotherapist
Tessa Ettedgui is an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. She trained at the Minster Centre, holds an advanced diploma and MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and is registered and accredited with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Her background in education has given her a particular interest in working with young adults, although she has experience in working with a range of clients of different ages, sexualities, linguistic and cultural backgrounds. She has worked in the NHS as well as in private practice and is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish and BSL. Tessa works with clients on both a short-term and open-ended basis.
Svetlana Fleming is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist (UKCP) psychodynamic supervisor (BAPPS) and IPT therapist (IPTUK) and has extensive clinical experience of working both in the health service and private practice.
Svetlana offers psychodynamic psychotherapy to individuals interested in working through their emotional difficulties and understanding themselves at a deeper level which often involves exploration of their early life experiences.
Svetlana also offers consultations and treatment to individuals interested in time limited therapeutic work such as psychodynamic counselling and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT).
Svetlana has considerable experience in supervising counselling psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors working in primary care.
Her special interests include treatments of chronic depression, generalised anxiety, relationship difficulties, complex bereavement and adjustment disorder.
She can offer therapy in English and Serbo-Croat.
Louise Hayman MA
Louise Hayman MA is a psychoanalyst, a member of the British Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytical Association. She has nine years of experience working with adults in the NHS, in a charity/third sector setting as well as in her private practice, seeing some individuals once a week and others more intensively up to 5 times a week. She is registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council.
Leanne Hoffman is an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist with a Postgraduate Diploma and MA in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy and a registered and accredited member of the BACP – British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Her focus is on helping people explore their thoughts, feelings and past to help relieve difficult emotional states, understand more about their patterns of behaviour and improve many areas of peoples lives like their stresses, anxieties, relationships and much more.
Leanne believes that once people have a better understanding of what drives their behaviour and their ways of interacting with others, there is the chance to truly flourish.
Leanne has also worked, for the last twenty years, as a consultant, coach and trainer specialising in organisational and individual development. In addition, she is a co-founder of HealthyMinds@Work a consultancy that helps organisations look after the mental and emotional health of employees.
Gordon McIntosh is a member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and a registrant with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP). Alongside 30 years vocational experience in education, health and social care he undertook studies, research and training with the Universities of Cambridge, London, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, the British Association of Psychotherapists (BAP), and the Institute for Group Analyses (IGA), culminating in a further four years at the University of Oxford where he gained clinical status as a psychodynamic practitioner.
With a keen passion for lifelong learning and professional development, Gordon has recently enrolled with CONFER, where he will pursue the year long course, ‘psychopathology, theory and practice’, and at Queen Mary University of London’s, Wolfson Institute, ‘MSc Mental Health – Psychological Therapies’, (2019/20), which will embed a broader, more integrative range of practice orientations for client engagement, ongoing.
Andrew Miller, MA,
Counsellor and psychotherapist
Andrew Miller, MA, is a psychotherapist and counsellor registered with the BACP and UKCP. He trained in integrative and existential psychotherapy at Regent’s University. He has previously practiced in the NHS, higher education and charity sectors, and teaches on a psychotherapy foundation course. He helps people to explore and better understand their experiences, concerns or goals, and to expand the range of choices they believe they have.
Julia Utting is a Psychoanalyst (BPA / BPC)/ Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist (UKCP) working with individuals seeking help for a range of emotional difficulties. She offers 1-3 x weekly psychotherapy sessions as well as more intensive psychoanalysis 4-5 times a week over a number of years. Prior to setting up in private practice, Julia worked for 25 years as a counsellor / therapist in schools, colleges and universities supporting students and staff. She has an interest in and understanding of the educational process and the impact of emotional factors on both teaching and learning. Julia also provides clinical supervision to students on counselling and psychotherapy trainings and has supervised MIND volunteers.
Jo Wise, BA (Hons), MSc.
Jo Wise, BA (Hons), MSc. is an experienced psychotherapist, working with patients individually, over long or short term periods, taking each person’s needs and circumstances into consideration. Motivated by a curiosity in people and their capacity to develop, she believes it is the task of the therapist to help people explore possible alternatives to their fixed ways of seeing the world and to their ingrained patterns of living – both of which may cause them to feel stuck in the past, or to feel consumed by present difficulties.
Jo has experience of working within the NHS, University counselling services and private practice. She is an accredited member of the BACP – British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. It ensures that all its members are appropriately trained and qualified. She adheres to the strict guidelines of the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
Jo works analytically to help people explore and make sense of difficult feelings and behaviours, and identify possible underlying causes of their distress. She works one to one with individuals, both on a short and long term basis, depending on the difficulties that each person wishes to explore and understand. Her experience of working with patients includes a wide range of emotional difficulties.
The Farringdon Practice
All therapists set their own fee but as a general rule of thumb, it is somewhere between £60-85 depending on circumstances. This is to be negotiated with the therapist.
All therapists are accredited and insured.
A session is 50 minutes long although the initial consultation might be a bit longer.
All the therapists undertake the required CPD
The Farringdon Practice is a member of Social Enterprise UK, it’s profits go to predominantly local charities and organisations. The Farringdon Practice has supported the following charities;
What to expect when you call or email
Susanne, our Clinical Manager, will have a brief conversation with you to explore what it is that made you think of starting psychotherapy. She will then think about what therapist might be the best match and get back to you hopefully within 24 hours. When you leave a message please state whether your prefer Susanne not to leave a message on your voice mail. You can also email and Susanne will get back to you within 24 hours. When you leave a message please speak clearly and slowly. Please state If you are enquiring about our reduced fee programme. Please bear in mind that there is a waiting list for this service
We are close to several underground and overground stations and are in easy reach of the City of London, Clerkenwell, Islington, Hatton Garden, Holborn, Kings Cross, Marylebone and West Hampstead
Buses within ten minutes walk
A8, 4, 17, 45, 46, 55, 56, 63,
153, 242, 243, 388
Underground stations in walking distance
Farringdon (2 minutes), Barbican (4 minutes),St Paul's (ten minutes), Chancery Lane (12 minutes)
Overground train stations in walking distance
Farringdon (2 minutes),
City Thameslink (10 minutes)