Anna Gyorfi

BPS Registered Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)

Individual psychotherapy and
couple counselling

Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as
painful as staying stuck somewhere you do not belong.

Psychotherapy is a journey of discovery to
help you make changes in your life.

About me

My name is Anna Gyorfi, I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working with adults and couples.

I have over 20 years experience in mental health provision, having worked as clinical psychologist and psychotherapist first in Budapest and since 2011 in London. After moving to the UK I held a placement at South London and Maudsley IAPT service for 2 years before setting up my own private practice.

I studied Psychology (MA) at ELTE University and Clinical Psychology at Semmelweis University of Medicine in Budapest. I am also a psychoanalytic psychotherapist trained at the Hungarian Psychoanalytic Society and a trainee couple therapist at the Tavistock Clinic. I am Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society in the Division of Clinical Psychology and candidate member of the British Psychoanalytic Council, the regulating body of the psychoanalytic psychotherapy profession.

Anna Gyorfi

My approach

I am a talking therapist working in the psychoanalytic tradition. This means that together with the patient we look at how the unconscious mind can influence their thoughts and behaviours, how it can recreate the past in their present. We explore early childhood experiences to discover how these events might have shaped the individual’s personality and how they contribute to current situations.

Sometimes people seek help for specific reasons such as panic attacks, physical pain or discomfort without apparent medical reason, phobic anxieties or problems with eating, sleeping or sexuality. At other times help is sought because of more general underlying feelings of depression or anxiety, difficulties in concentrating, dissatisfaction in work or inability to form satisfactory relationships.

People choosing this type of treatment often meet with their therapist at least once a week and may remain in therapy for a number of months or years. Meeting regularly for a longer time enables both parties to get to know the other and engage in a therapeutic relationship that opens a special space for emotional discoveries.

Couple therapy

If you are finding your relationship isn’t satisfying for a long time you may be realising it won’t change without help. Couples counselling can be effective at moving your relationship on.

There could be various difficulties. You may be arguing all the time, about the smallest things, and getting nowhere. Perhaps it’s financial issues, family conflicts, different parenting styles or sexual issues. Maybe it is jealousy or lack of trust caused by infidelity. It is also possible that you don’t argue at all, on the contrary, you can’t seem to find the words to talk about what is bothering you and feel that communication and intimacy between you broke down completely. You may be feeling frustrated and angry, lonely at times, misunderstood, resentful or bored. These emotions you have about your relationship are common. But when you don’t seem to be able to move on, counselling can help.

In couple therapy we can explore together what you value in your relationship, and what you’d like to see changed, how each of you deals with conflict and what issues you find difficult to talk about.

For some, therapy is seen a 'last resort' to save a relationship. While of course this is sometimes the case, you do not have to wait until things get that bad before trying it. Many couples use therapy sessions as a way to keep their relationship healthy and address any underlying concerns that may become conflicts in the future.

You can’t repair a relationship in one or two sessions, but in time couple therapy can offer couples a journey which helps them understand themselves and each other better, find words for feelings and fears and better care for each other.

Couple therapy also allows you to make thoughtful decisions about your relationship, which may include rejuvenating it, but occasionally it may mean making a decision to end it. If that’s the case, therapy can help you come to a more amicable resolution.

Anna Gyorfi

Phone: +44 (770) 422-3777

Fees

Personal psychotherapy and counselling
Each session: £65

Couples therapy
Each session: £80

No-obligation initial e‑mail consultation

If you are not sure about the nature of your difficulties, whether you would benefit from counselling or not, please contact me for a no-obligation confidential e-mail consultation:

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Book an Appointment

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Text message or Phone: +44 (770) 422-3777

FAQs

Will my counselling be confidential?
Counselling sessions are confidential with the exception that if you pose a danger to yourself or others, then the relevant parties will be notified, preferably with your prior consent. Also, like all psychotherapists, in order to be transparent about how I work and so as to maintain a healthy perspective, I am regularly ‘supervised’ by a senior psychotherapist: in that process, clients are not identified.
Why do I need to attend weekly?
Regularity is important for productive therapeutic work. The standard format of weekly sessions helps you make gradual and steady progress. In some cases, we can agree to two or more sessions per week, if we both deem it beneficial.
How will I know if it’s working?
Therapy is not always a comfortable process, so being unhappy or dissatisfied with one particular session, or a run of sessions, may not be an indicator that the process isn’t working. Though the therapeutic process may take some time to resolve your issues, you will usually feel much sooner that things has started changing. Something is on the move. In the long run, you may find yourself, at a deeply felt level, evaluating whether you are getting what you need. I will always encourage you to voice your concerns, ask questions and let me better understand what you find difficult or unsatisfactory in our mutual work.
How long will the therapy last for?
Some people get what they need in just a few sessions, whereas many people find it useful to work over a longer period of time. It is very individual, and is between the two of us to decide. You may stop whenever you want to, but we’ll keep it under review. I would class 6-12 sessions as brief or ‘time limited’ therapy. Anything over 6 months is what I would call ‘longer term’ work.
How does therapy end?
Usually by agreement between us, and with one or more finishing sessions to wrap things up.
Payment and Cancellation policy
Your session time is reserved each week for you. I require a week’s notice for cancellation; otherwise he usual fee will be charged. I accept cash or cheque, paid each session or take bank transfer payments at the end of each month.
Can you prescribe medication if I need it?
I am not eligible to prescribe medication. However I can recommend you private consultant psychiatrists who can assess you for a prescription, and this can complement your therapy work. I can also consult your GP who can prescribe medication as well.
What ethical code do you follow?
I am registered as Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society in the Division of Clinical Psychology. I am also candidate member of the British Psychoanalytic Council the regulating body of the psychoanalytic psychotherapy profession. I am subject to the ethical requirements and standards of both organisations.
Are you insured?
Yes, I have full professional indemnity insurance.