NOTTING HILL PSYCHOTHERAPY
& COUNSELLING

Nick Blackburn

I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and counsellor specialising in anxiety and a loss of purpose and meaning, helping people to make changes. Though I'll start by asking you about your symptoms, we will also think about the deeper issues which may have caused them: we could think of this as a journey from management to change. Often people decide to come once or twice a week; with serious issues it may be more often. I often find a first meeting is the most helpful way of you talking through your problems and together we will decide what you might need and what way of working might suit you best.

The way I work is informed by the psychoanalysis of Freud, but adapted to the modern world. I came to therapy through literature and the arts and hold a Ph.D. from Trinity College, Cambridge where I taught English Literature for several years. I offer sessions both in person and online. I am currently Honorary Secretary of The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and will be teaching on their introductory year.

I have extensive experience working with gay, lesbian, trans and non-binary people as well as issues around anxiety, addiction, trauma and sex.

Nick’s book The Reactor will be published by Faber in spring 2022.

James Mann

I am an experienced and very approachable psychotherapist. I have worked full time consulting with individuals and couples since the mid 1990’s. Prior to this I worked for over 20 years with young people at risk in a variety of roles. These experiences have informed my clinical practice. I work with individuals, couples and family groups both short and long term, but most of my work is longer-term psychoanalytic explorations with individuals.I provide clinical supervision to a range of practitioners in a variety of settings. I particularly enjoy working with couples. I find that with couples meaningful change can happen surprisingly quickly. I have also worked a lot with people who have been struggling with addictions.

I work well in deeper water, dealing with complex relational issues. I think that we always need to keep an eye on what ‘the good life’ might look like for us personally however difficult or challenging current situations might seem. The darkest hour is often just before dawn. I believe that people are capable of all manner of personal transformations and that extraordinary change can happen in therapy.

I think therapy can be both a life-enhancing and an enjoyable experience, it is at it’s core a determined effort by two people to address complexities and traumatic experiences lived through by one of them. I prefer to work with a sense of humour whenever possible. I am particularly interested in the relationship of psychoanalysis to both literature and contemporary philosophy, particularly the continental and postmodern variety.

Click here to watch several of James’s conversations and interviews with other psychoanalysts on YouTube.

Joanna Gardner

I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and have worked for many years in public and private settings. I see both individuals and couples. I have experience working with all the ways people suffer in life including anxiety, depression, panic attacks, sex and had relationship difficulties, addictions, trauma, psychosis. I currently work online only. You may come to me with specific problems or symptoms that distress you, or you may not be able to name what is wrong, but feel a general sense of being stuck, of hopelessness, or loss of meaning in life.

Through talking, and talking in an open-ended and non-judgemental way, together we will begin to make sense of what lies behind your difficulties so that you can bring about change in your life. The way I work is influenced by my training at the Philadelphia Association and by my membership of The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis which means I am informed by psychoanalysis yet always aim to remain sceptical of dogmatism.

Peter Nevins

Dr Peter Nevins has worked in private practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and clinical supervisor since 1993. He is a training committee member and trainer of the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Guild of Psychotherapists. He has worked in mental health in a variety of capacities since 1988 as a manager, as a teacher, as a Foundation Trust board member and most importantly as a clinician. As director of Islington Mind he has over 20 years experience of working with people who suffer severe levels of distress and has significantly contributed to improving the quality of life for many Islington residents. He has taught in several psychotherapy organisations and has chaired several national committees for the UKCP.

Francesca Joseph

Francesca Joseph is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and sees people long term, sometimes several times a week. Each person's therapy is unique and specific. Alongside her private patients she has practiced in the NHS as an individual and group psychotherapist and in a long association with Mind. A member of the UKCP and College of Psychoanalysts, UK, she is a former co-Chair of the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, where she teaches on both the training and introductory years. Francesca practises in the borough of Camden.

Chris Oakley

Chris Oakley has listened to people as a psychoanalyst for nearly 50 years. For many years he was involved in the day-to-day running of the Philadelphia Association therapeutic communities and training from its beginnings in the early 1970s when it was started by Ronnie Laing. He has written on psychoanalysis in various guises: his book Football Delirium was shortlisted for the 2008 Football Book of the Year, and more recently he contributed to R.D. Laing: 50 years since the Divided Self. He is a founder member of the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.