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Patience Akande

Family and Systemic Psychotherapist

I enjoy working with people.  People of all ages, differences, and abilities this includes families, individuals, children and young people.  In order to be useful and skilled in my work, I trained as a psychotherapist with a focus on systemic family therapy.  Family therapy has a focus on the relationships we have with others, both past and present.  The relationships we would hope to have with those people who are important to us and how understanding the relationship patterns can help the relationships for the future.

I have incorporated psychoanalytic thinking in my skills which I have found helps to better understand our inner worlds and how this informs our life today and for the future.  It provides the opportunity to consider behaviours that shape us and whether they are still serving us to be understood by others and also can be help us to explore our potential.

I have extensive experience working with people both privately and in NHS settings.  I am registered with mBACP – member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, UKCP – UK Council for Psychotherapy, AFT – Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, and BAATN – Black African and Asian Therapy Network

Therapy can be personal and challenging, and therefore I aim to create a trusting, supportive and safe environment to allow my clients to gain a deeper understanding of their difficulties and feel encouraged to find better alternative coping mechanisms.