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I started as a mental health care professional in the NHS in 1996.  I worked and trained there until I started my private practice in 2020. While working in the NHS I gained a vast experience and knowledge of mental health and wellbeing.  In 2012 I trained additionally in psychodynamic psychotherapy.  I trained at the well renown and prestigious Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and qualified as a intercultural psychodynamic psychotherapist in 2017.  I worked as a specialist in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Tavistock for four years following this and then deciding to start my own practice Archibald Psychotherapy.   

I admire the NHS but also know how long it is to wait for psychology services. I feel that it’s essential to be able to provide a service that can be there when you need it.  I work online and face to face. The therapy I give (psychodynamic psychotherapy) provides a safe space that we can explore and think together about the issues and challenges you bring.  It is evidenced based and with a long tradition of success.  I believe it provides long term sustainable change in peoples mental health.  It allows for unhurried exploration to really get to the bottom of what’s been going on and provide you with the understanding that is often needed to be able to identify, grieve, and move on from the pain that you have gone through.  I will think with you and together hold the weight that you carry.  We can then unpack, with care and attention, the difficulties you have faced and try to make sense of it together.  Often patterns set in your early life can have an impact on how you feel now and how you see what goes on around you.  I will be able to help you look at these things in a non judgmental and safe space that allows you to find some peace and resolution. ​

 

Since starting in my professional capacity in 1996 I have additionally trained and have extensive experience in risk assessment and management, infant loss, acute mental health conditions for example; psychosis, bipolar disorder, depression, drug and alcohol, mania, anxiety, body dysmorphia, suicidality, eating disorder.  I have training and experience in group psychotherapy, psycho-education, psychotropic medication, group work.  This is not a complete list of my experience and more would be available on request.   

 

Credentials:

Member of British Psychoanalytic Council - (BPC) 22111

Accredited Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP) 00966098 Member of Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists (TSP)

BSc Hons Mental Health PGDip in foundations in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

D58 Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

D59I Intercultural Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Qualifying course

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