If you are struggling, you don't have to go it alone.
Patricia Sandford is a qualified and experienced Couple and Individual Psychotherapist and Counsellor. She completed her specialised training at Tavistock Relationships (TR), a unit of The Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, which is a world-renowned centre for counselling, psychotherapy, training and research in family and relationship dynamics. Patricia also worked as a Visiting Clinician at TR providing therapeutic services to both individuals and couples.
Patricia believes we are all motivated toward growth but get stuck trying on our own to understand and change long-standing patterns of behaviour in relationships, and manage distressing events in our lives. In your sessions with her you will experience a confidential and contained space in which to express thoughts and feelings that otherwise might be too difficult to manage for the couple at home, or cope with alone as an individual.
In addition to her training and experience, Patricia’s work is compassionate, warm and focused on listening and understanding the unique circumstances of each person who comes to see her.
“You will find our work together to be a joint venture resolving the challenges in your relationships; this includes relationships with partners, family, friends and co-workers. I am engaged, interactive, give feedback, and see psychotherapy and counselling as a collaborative process between us. I focus on developing a warm, respectful and non-judgmental relationship with my clients in which you feel heard, and your points of view welcomed; upon this base of trust, we will safely explore your relationship difficulties. I adhere to BACP’s strict code of ethics and confidentiality, which includes annual requirements for continuing professional development. I work with couples, individuals in a relationship, and individuals who are not currently in a relationship.”
Patricia has experience liaising with GPs and Psychiatrists regarding clients’ mental health needs (both private and NHS), Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists, and both Adult Mental Health Service and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service teams. She was also a member of TR’s dedicated Mentalization Based Couple Therapy team that works with couples experiencing the highest levels of conflict and entrenched difficulties in the service.
Patricia is a member of:
- the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP),
- a Graduate Member of The Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology,
- a Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust Alumni,
- an Associate Member of the International Psychotherapy Institute (U.S.A.),
- and received her BSc from Cornell University (U.S.A. 1988).
Availability, Fees & Terms
My fees reflect my specialist training and experience level working on relationship issues with individuals and couples, and also take into account what you can afford.
The First Step:
Contact me to set up a time to speak. I am able to offer a 15 minute phone consultation free of charge; we can discuss your situation, any questions you may have about how sessions work, fees etc. and if we both feel it would be useful to take the next step and schedule an Initial Consultation.
The Second Step:
We will meet for an Initial Consultation which is between 50 minutes to 1 1/4 hours in length depending on schedule availability. I then suggest two Ongoing Sessions of 50 minutes to give us all a chance to determine if we feel it will be a good fit moving forward and if you feel counselling may help. You do not need to sign up for all three to be seen initially, we can discuss this further when we meet for the Initial Consultation.
Brook Green Practice - Hammersmith
Sessions times are available upon request.
Wilbraham Place Practice - Belgravia
Sessions times are available upon request.
I adhere to a strict code of professional ethics under the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Guidelines. Confidentiality is an important part of these standards - you need to and should feel comfortable and protected discussing personal issues. I would not disclose information about you to a third party without your permission, except in situations where there was a serious worry about harm coming to you or someone else - I would endeavour to talk with you about this beforehand during our session. As your contact details are also private, I am registered with the Information Commisioner's Office under the Data Protection Act.
If a couple is being seen together, I will assume that information can and will be shared between you. If you have any questions about confidentiality, please feel free to discuss them with me during our session.