Couples Counselling in North London & Online Joe Friedman & Marie Laure Davenport

About Us. Joehead

Marriage and Relationship Counselling, Couples Therapy


I’m an American and came to England in 1973, after finishing a degree in psychology at the University of Michigan in the United States. I originally came to study with the Philadelphia Association, and R.D. Laing. I stayed because I loved living in London.

Most of us spend so much of our lives worrying about what others think that we never truly articulate what matters to us. (This is especially true for women, who often have been brought up to attend to the needs of others. ) For me, psychotherapy is a process in which we discover what matters to us, and thereby a different – and more satisfying – way to live our lives. A way in which we are concerned with our own truth, not with pleasing or placating other people.

I believe clients are best served by a therapist who actively engages with them. I ask questions, clarify, and occasionally challenge clients to help them get to grips with things they are avoiding.

I’ve taught on several psychoanalytic trainings.. I’ve also done in-house trainings in corporate settings on my favourite subjects, creativity and problem solving. In my spare time, I write. Apart from a number of professional papers, I`ve written a series of children's books and a book for adults on dreams.

I am a member of The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalyis.

About Us. Marielaurehead


I’m French and have trained in both individual and group analysis. My individual training was done with the Philadelphia Association, and my group training with the Institute of Group Analysis.

I am a member of both organisations. I am also very interested in the Lacanian understanding of Freud, and am doing a further training with the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research.

I have extensive experience in a variety of settings. I am a member of the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS and have led a group of out-patients for more than twenty years. I also work at the Women’s Therapy Centre, where I am a supervisor.

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