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City Sanctuary Therapy - Dr. Joyline Gozho

Counselling, Psychotherapy, CBT and Couples Therapy in London Bridge, City of London,

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, and Online

Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic Counselling

6-12 sessions (time limited)

Depending on your current issues, and your anticipated time commitment to therapy, I offer either open ended or time limited work, which is typically 6-12 sessions. Using a psychoanalytic approach, psychodynamic counselling helps you to work on a particular issue, giving you the space to share your experiences, explore your fears, conflicts, wishes, and anxieties, in a safe space, where you are neither judged nor ridiculed.

Psychodynamic counselling pays attention to the early life experiences, and how they could be influencing your present day situation-behaviours, ways of relating, thought processes, and sense of self. Although not directly a solution focused approach, psychodynamic counselling offers you the support, emotional containment, insight, and enhances your explorative abilities which inevitably help you to problem solve.

As a psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist, I use analytic skills to bring the unconscious motives to consciousness, making interpretative links between the past and the present. Gaining insight into the nature, and the origins of these repetitive patterns is helpful to you, as it enables you to be more in tune with deeper parts of yourself, and be more in control of your self, behaviors, and decisions. Although we set a 12 week time frame, we can extend your time in therapy depending on how we experience the process. We may also make the decision to go into open ended and more analytic psychodynamic psychotherapy work.

If you have further questions feel free to get in touch, or check out the FAQ section.


Borough/London Bridge/Southwark Practice

Individuals - £100/hr

Couples - £135/hr

Willen, Buckinghamshire Practice

Individual - £100/hr


Individual - £100/hr

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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy


Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a deeper way of working, aimed at exploring unconscious conflicts, thereby creating an understanding of our internal world, which motivates our thoughts, behaviours, ways of relating, and shapes our personality. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is underpinned by psychoanalytic theories which are grounded in the principle that our early life experiences shape our sense of self, how we relate to others, and make sense of the world around us, with a big part of it happening outside our consciousness. Psychodynamic work is particularly helpful to understand yourself on a deeper level as a whole person-understand the source of your difficulties, and gain clarity. Psychodynamic psychotherapy could be described as a “journey of self-discovery” where we try and map out how your early life experiences informs who you are in adulthood.

Some of the "traumas" or adverse childhood experiences may not be consciously remembered but manifest in, for example, feelings of emptiness, poor self-esteem, inability to build meaningful relationships, being stuck in negative patterns of behaviours, addictions as a way of numbing emotions, depression, anxiety, guilt, deep sense of sadness, lack of self belief, shame, and other intolerable states of mind. Psychodynamic psychotherapy creates a deep relationship with the psychotherapist, in which worries, concerns and deep fears can be privately explored and better understood. In this form of therapy, I offer a confidential, safe space, where you feel emotionally contained to explore your deepest fears, conflicts, and worries with the aim of you building up your internal resources, understand yourself better, and develop a sense of agency over yourself. I have a particular interest in working with people who had adverse childhood experiences (childhood trauma) not limited to abuse (physical, emotional, sexual neglect), parental separation/divorce, loss of home through house move/s or immigration and parental death.

If you have further questions feel free to get in touch, or check out the FAQ section.


Borough/London Bridge/Southwark Practice

Individuals - £100/hr (Self Funding)

£100/hr - (Insurance Cover)

Couples - £135/hr (Self Funding)

Couples £135/hr (Insurance Cover)

Willen, Buckinghamshire Practice

Individual - £100/hr

Couples - £135/hr


Individual - £100/hr

Couples - £135/hr

Click here for the cancellation policy

Get in Touch

Please get in touch if you have any questions on Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Couples Therapy, or Relationship Enrichment Workshops, or if you like to book an initial session.

You can also call me on 07960462532 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.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

Some frequently asked questions

Is therapy really that important?

It is true that the hustle and bustle of modern day city life leaves some people with little or no time to reflect on themselves. As a result, we find ourselves experiencing stress, low mood, anxiety, poor confidence, low self-esteem, poor sleep, problems with relationships with our loved ones or work colleagues, addictions, at times questioning what life is all about, and genuinely wondering about our purpose in life altogether. The stress of present day life also leads to burn out- cognitive overload, and extreme physical exhaustion. As a result, one adopts unhealthy ways of coping, which have a negative impact on one's mental and psychological well being.

At times, there may be some issues from the past that are unresolved, and affecting different aspects of your life. Therapy offers a reflective space where you can unwind and get to know your self more intimately. It also enables you to find healthier ways of being and relating, emotional processing, find healthier ways of managing any problems you are faced with, work through, and develop the capacity to reflect on yourself which is hugely significant. The decision to start therapy is an important one, albeit, not always easy. Evidence suggests that the key ingredient in any therapeutic encounter is the relationship between the therapist and the client.

It is therefore crucial that you find an experienced therapist, who you can connect with, and walk side by side with; a therapist who offers you a safe space where you feel comfortable, respected, understood, validated, listened to, and safely develop the ability to tune into the deeper parts of yourself. Therapy can therefore help you be in tune with yourself, and live life more meaningfully. I firmly believe that psychological well being should be seen in the same light as physical well being. The stigma around mental health and psychological well being is what perpetuates the unnecessary suffering that most people go through, without seeking help at the right time.

How do I arrange a session?

Call me on 07960462532 or email me on You can also call or email me by clicking the email or call link buttons further up the page. If I am unavailable on the phone, please leave me a message with a name and number. I aim to respond to all messages (email, text, and voicemail) within 24 hours.

Is there any age limit?

Yes. I am an adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and l work with ages from 18 and above. I also work with couples.

How long can I expect to be seeing a psychotherapist for?

The choice of therapy we decide in our consultation depends on the nature of your difficulties and what brings you to therapy. Our sessions for time limited psychodynamic counselling and CBT will be 6-12. Our open ended psychotherapy will have no set end date from the beginning. It is however important that we work towards an ending when we do decide to end therapy, as this is a very important part of our work. The length of time you spend in therapy depends on the nature of your difficulties and the depth of the work. Most people stay in therapy for a number of years to allow themselves sufficient time to work through some of the deepest conflicts, and issues from their past that may be impacting on the present, therefore addressing the whole self.

Do I pay for missed sessions or cancellations?

It is usual practice to charge the regular session fee for a session cancelled by the client less than 48 hours beforehand. A full fee is applicable to a cancellation made with less than 48 hours notice. Any cancellations made by client with a 4 weeks notice will not be charged, and half the session fee is applicable for any cancellation less than that time frame. This is because the space is reserved for you and therefore open even if you do not attend. You will not be expected to make any payment if I am not available. I will give you my holiday dates well in advance, and I will also appreciate having your holiday dates in advance.

How do I make the sessions payments and how often do I make the payments?

YesI typically raise an invoice at the end of each month, unless you prefer to pay weekly or fortnightly, which can be arranged. Payments can be made via bank transfer, Paypal or in cash. This should be done in a timely manner.

How long do sessions last?

Individual sessions last 50 minutes, and couple's therapy sessions lasts 50-60 minutes. Sessions are once weekly at agreed times. This will be agreed in the initial session. At times, I do offer twice a week or fortnightly sessions, depending on my clients' needs and life demands.

How much does each session cost?

Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy and CBT sessions cost £100/hr for individuals. The rate for couples therapy session is £150/hr. These flat rates are applicable to both London and Buckinghamshire Locations, as well as online. Some insurance clients may have to pay the difference between the insurance rebate and my fee. The fee reflects my experience, qualifications, and specialisms. I am recognised by Axa, Aviva, Cigna, WPA, and Vitality, as a healthcare provider. If you have insurance through any of these companies, you will be able to use it. Please confirm the validity of your cover first. Sessions are subject to a £10 increase annually; typically at the beginning of each year. This will be discussed with you in session.

What is the difference between CBT and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?

CBT is a practical approach which helps you find ways of managing present day distress, while psychodynamic psychotherapy helps us explore and address the source of the distress. Using the metaphor of a house on fire- CBT is akin to putting out the fire flames-cooling and smothering the flames, so that the fire dies down. Psychodynamic work is akin to us figuring out the cause/source of the fire altogether. This is important, otherwise one runs the risk of having yet another fire.

Can I bring another person to the sessions (eg. partner, friend, brother?

I work with couples, offering couples therapy. However, this needs to be agreed right from the beginning of our work.

How confidential are the sessions?

Sessions are confidential unless if there are legal implications or in the event of serious risk factors that your GP or other practitioners have to be aware of. As an ethical practitioner, any decision to do so is always in your best interest. I have full indemnity insurance to cover my practice as a therapist. All information kept about you is stored in line with the GDPR laws.

I have a very busy lifestyle and can't commit to weekly sessions in London. Can I use Zoom or Skype as an alternative to face to face contact? I am unable to travel to have my sessions in person, due to the Covid-19 crisis

Yes, we can have sessions over Zoom, Skype or Telephone. These sessions are scheduled in the same fashion as face to face sessions.

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