Retirement Statement

I have now retired and closed my private practice and so will not be able to answer any emails or phone calls. I wanted to say something about finding a therapist based on my own experience and those of the people I have worked with.

There are so many different types of therapy on offer that it can be quite hard to find the right therapist for you.

In psychodynamic therapy we are trained to look behind the scenes, the unconscious, and discover what is making you feel the way you feel and do the things you do. The idea is to reduce the amount of times you act just on instinct, which may not be helpful, and bring a more thoughtful and informed aspect to your choices in life.

Person centred and humanistic therapists do not go quite so much into the unconscious but they can bring a great deal of insight into the discussions which can also help you make changes that can significantly benefit your life.

We know that it is not so much the type of therapy that you choose but the connection you make with the therapist that brings about the best result. So feel free to shop around and ask questions to do with potential therapists’ professional attitudes. An important one is how much therapy has your therapist had? If it has been none or only a few weeks or months, how much belief do they really have in the product? I know it’s a boring cliché but therapy is a journey and best done with someone who has travelled and is in touch enough to know that they are still travelling.

Also check on the professional organisations people have trained with. You can look them up, read the ethos, duration and type of training the therapists have received and see how long the professional body has been going.

If you are seeking psychodynamic, psychoanalytic therapy you can look at the British Psychoanalytic Council’s website. The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) represent counsellors from different trainings but note that MBACP means the person is just a member of the BACP. If you see the word “accredited” it means that the person has fulfilled the requirements of the BACP to do with training, supervision and counselling experience and this means much more. You can also check out UKCP. All three organisations keep a watch on the continuing professional development of their registrants and accredited members.