Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy


Welcome to Surrey Pychotherapy

A confidential space to explore the thoughts, feelings and challenges in your life.

Does life feel like its getting on top of you?

Could you benefit from a place to take some time-out?

... to explore your thoughts and feelings

... to get back on a front foot again

My name is Olga Gelfman and I am a UKCP registered Psychoanalytical therapist who has been practicing for over 17 years. I am based in Surbiton which is convenient for Kingston Upon Thames, New Malden and other parts of Surrey and Southwest London.

I work with individual adults and adolescents on a short term ( 6-8 sessions) or open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.

I am committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.

Counselling and therapy in a safe, comfortable and private setting

Where do you start with addressing your problems and how do you know how to choose the right therapist? The most important factor is the relationship with the therapist we choose. We have to feel safe and confident that we are in good hands in which we can share most private thoughts and feelings.

I am a psychoanalytical psychotherapist in private practice based in Kingston, Surrey, I also work and teach psychotherapy students in the Bowlby Centre (Center for attachment based Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy ) in London. Additionally I am a member of The International Psychotherapy Group.

I work with adults and adolescents who have experienced a wide array of personal and work-related difficulties. My approach is informed by attachment theory and research, relational psychoanalysis, the literature on trauma, affect regulation, reflective functioning and developmental neurobiology.

Fortunate to discover psychotherapy through the need to resolve some of my own personal dilemmas, I initially found it to be supportive, challenging and life changing. As I grew to know myself better I decided that I would like to develop in this field personally and professionally.

I began my 4 years professional training as a psychotherapist in the Center for attachment based psychoanalytical psychotherapy. Since then I have become a Mother and have developed a particular interest in child-parent relationships and childhood traumas.

People come to counselling and psychotherapy for many reasons from being rocked by a significant life event, to a general sense of dissatisfaction and distress with life that they are struggling to make sense of. Working with me will give you an opportunity to gain more insight and awareness into yourself, your situation and the way you relate to others. I will help you to make your own decisions and to take more control over your life.

I continue to learn from life and the clients with whom I have worked.

Speak in Confidence

Counselling takes place in a safe space, where you can meet with someone who will listen with sensitivity and empathy - and without judgement. In the therapy space thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely and in confidence.

A problem shared...

Trouble with a relationship; anxiety or panic attacks; mood swings or depression - many people face difficulties in their everyday lives that can be hard to get on top of. Counselling gives us a set of tools we can use to help gain a better understanding of what’s causing these problems - and how you can move towards managing or resolving them.

Make better, healthier new choices

Working together I can help you gain greater insight into the difficulties you are facing, help you understand why you act or react to them the way you do, and see how you can start to make better, heathier choices moving forward.

What issues can counselling help with?

People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:




Relationship problems

Problems with confidence or self-esteem






Grief, loss or bereavement

Panic Attacks


Family life

What is counselling/psychotherapy?

Counselling and psychotherapy, although two completely different terms, are both essentially the same thing. Both counsellors and psychotherapists provide a service for people who are looking for support and treatment for a wide range of mental health and emotional issues. The possibility that there is a difference between the two is a heavily debated question in the field of mental health treatment, and one that has yet to be answered. Some experts claim that counselling tends to tackle problems at the time of the crises, whereas psychotherapy focuses on long-term, deeply embedded psychological problems. However, this is not a universally agreed contention and you are advised to contact professionals personally to find out more about how they work.

How do I know if I need counselling/psychotherapy?

Only you can decide whether you wish to try counselling or psychotherapy. Just talking to someone confidentially who is not a friend or family member can make all the difference. Counselling or psychotherapy provides a regular time for those in distress to explore their feelings and talk about their problems. A counsellor can help you develop better ways of coping, allowing you to live the life you deserve.

How long does each counselling sessions last?

Each session will usually last 50 minutes or one hour. However this is often flexible and should be discussed with your therapist before attending the first session.

My location

I work from private offices located in a quiet part of Surbiton, and see clients from London and Surrey. My practice is well served by South Western Trains, as my office is conveniently within a 5 minute walk from Surbiton Station. I will provide location details when we arrange our initial assesment session.

In addition to providing face-to-face therapy, I also offer telephone psychotherapy and online sessions for clients from all over the UK via Zoom or Skype. Contact me to find out more about how online therapy works.

Fees & availability

Psychotherapy sessions for individuals last 50 minutes, usually taking place on a weekly basis, and cost £80 per session. I also provide a limited number of spaces for those on low-income or for students; contact me to enquire about availability. Initial assessment appointments last around 50 minutes.

Note that if you want to cancel an appointment I require 48 hours’ notice; otherwise you will still need to pay for any sessions missed. I accept payment in cash, by cheque or by bank transfer.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on +447799418592 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. Find out more by reading my Privacy Policy.

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