Common Sense Psychotherapy

Practiced in a grounded and down-to-earth way

I’m Claudine and I help people striving for a greater understanding of themselves and situations

We haven’t all been ‘there’ because it is a different ‘there’ for us all…… but if life has you beaten, you’re your own worst enemy, you feel empty, lost and fed up

we can work together in figuring out what really lies at the root of your difficulties

There is a way. And there are answers

My approach as a psychotherapist in Tooting, South London and Southampton, Hampshire, and online lies in the recognition of how your past (distant or recent) effects behaviour, attitude, and the choices you make in the present, which ultimately determine your future (thus perpetuating negative ‘cycles’ of experience) We work together in understanding how such cycles have developed and, importantly, how to become free of them.

I have been assisting clients through psychotherapy in Tooting, Southampton, and online and who want to find answers for over 14 years. Psychotherapy endeavours to answer the questions we repeatedly ask ourselves at times….. Why do I feel so out of control? How can I change the way I feel? Why do I think and behave like this? How can I change what is problematic in my life?

Why do I keep feeling depressed, anxious, stressed or unhappy...

You want change. I get it. I understand. I hear you.

Let's do something about it.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: How it Works

Clients attend sessions and speak freely. Really freely. In this way we hear a very different narrative to what we tell our friends, family and ourselves. We have to learn to speak without defence. Defence mechanisms are there to protect us from experiencing painful feeling. We needed these defences once but they no longer serve us in the present. In a nutshell, this is what Freud set out to achieve with the birth of psychoanalysis – to uncover what has been experienced as painful and is still being experienced as painful (but without our conscious knowledge of this)

The aim of speaking without censorship is not a badge of honour, or to feel like a victim, or to feel sorry for ourselves, it is to uncover what may still be effecting us without our conscious appreciation of this. This is why symptoms are formed – symptoms are the expression of what hasn’t been verbalised. When we make something conscious, the ‘energy’ is directed away from symptoms (anxiety, depression, anger, phobias, etc) and into verbal expression.

In ‘unpacking’ what has been experienced in the past, and in ‘telling’ our story, we can at last see what we need to do to bring about change. In short, we are not boxing shadows any longer but we have clear goals to work on.

Psychotherapy helps us learn about what has ‘been brushed under the carpet’ and what may have had a debilitating effect on us without ourselves being completely aware of the how and why.

Areas I Help With


Attachment/Relationship Difficulties

Generalised Anxiety

Social Anxiety


Erectile Dysfunction

Esteem Issues

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


Imposter Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Parental/Sibling Relationships

Feelings of Shame

Intrusive Feelings of Guilt


Self-Harm/Suicidal Feeling


People also attend sessions because they feel downright unhappy, lost and confused as to what they want, and/or lack confidence and esteem and don’t know why. Often something has happened more recently which has ‘triggered’ feelings from the past.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how psychotherapy works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment.

You can also call me on 07956306065 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

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