Janina Joffe - FAQs

Janina Joffe is a BACP registered psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist working in private practice in East London.

Frequently Asked Questions

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© Paul Nugent


How do I know if I need therapy?

People often begin therapy when they find themselves stuck or in crisis. This could be related to problems at work, in intimate relationships or family dynamics.
The therapeutic relationship is a safe, confidential and creative place to explore recurring conflicts and dynamics as well as traumatic or difficult experiences and memories.
You may just be curious to understand yourself in more depth or wanting to address a specific issue.

Does it mean there is something wrong with me?

No. Seeking professional help is a proactive step toward improving your quality of life and relationships in the same way you would seek physiotherapy to address a physical injury.
Therapy can be a constructive learning experience at any point, whether or not you are in crisis, dealing with a loss or experiencing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, medically unexplained symptoms, addictive behaviour, trauma etc.

What is 'psychodynamic' therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy is a form of talk therapy that differs from other modalities (such as CBT) in its assumption that there is an unconscious part of mental life that often drives our behaviour, relationship patterns and motivations.
Exploring the unconscious elements of our thoughts, actions and feelings can help us recognise these patterns and work through them to achieve a more balanced and integrated sense of self.

What type of problems can you help with?

If you are looking for help addressing emotional and mental health concerns, we can discuss your needs in our initial meeting and decide if talk therapy is the most effective approach.  
Some common areas we can work on include:
anxiety, low mood/depression, bereavement, work related stresses, difficulties with relationships and intimacy, compulsive behaviours, eating disorders, traumatic experiences etc.

Can you prescribe medication such as anti-depressants?

No. Only a doctor/psychiatrist can prescribe medication to you. If we identify the need for a psychiatric consultation, I can support you in this process.

How long does treatment take?

The duration of our work together will vary according to your needs and means. Psychodynamic work is typically long-term or open-ended but you may prefer to work toward a set number of sessions or specific time frame (i.e. 6 sessions or 3 months).
Sessions last 50 minutes and take place at the same time every week unless agreed otherwise in advance.

How much will it cost?

Initial assessment meetings and sessions thereafter will be charged at £70. Sessions cancelled with less than one week notice will be charged in full.