Ann-Louise McCarthy MSc. PgDip. M.Clin. Sci. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

Ann-Louise McCarthy MSc. PgDip. M.Clin. Sci. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

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About me

my name is Ann-Louise McCarthy and I am a UKCP registered Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapist.

My private practice is based in Whitstable, Kent within easy reach of Herne Bay, Faversham, Canterbury, Swale, Medway and Thanet.

I also provide Skype Psychotherapy which is available to clients in any area, including outside the U.K.

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

I work one-to-one with both adults and adolescents on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling clients to live life more fully and contentedly.

if you awake every day feeling as if you are facing an insurmountable challenge to be motivated, focused and energetic enough to get through the day or feel a constant heavy weight of sadness that you struggle to understand and escape from, we can work together to find new ways for you to think and feel.

My aim is to help you identify, understand and eliminate your psychological pain and anxiety so it is possible to live a life free of these shackles.

Working together, we can explore the origins and processes underpinning destructive and painful repetitive inter-relational patterns that are negatively affecting you and your relationships. Through our professional relationship and with the skill and experience I offer, positive, permanent change to the ways you feel and relate to others is possible.

Negative thought patterns can be changed through in-depth exploration and resultant insight. My focus is to work with you, alongside you, to make this possible.

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed my training at the University of Kent and hold a postgraduate diploma in Psychotherapy and a Masters degree in Clinical Science (Psychotherapy) (M.Clin.Sci.)

My practice experience has included working:

  • with clients from within the creative and professional sports professions focusing on specific challenges related to these fields.
  • with child and adolescent clients in a CAMHS service.
  • with adult clients who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.
  • with looked after and former looked after young people and adults.
  • providing group and individual Psychotherapy for patients within an inpatient Psychiatric hospital setting.
  • in the field of fostering, in education and within the NHS.

My private practice offers Psychotherapy to clients from all different walks of life, who bring a wide range of difficulties, struggles and goals.

I am a registered member with the Canterbury Consortium of Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapists (CCOPPP) and The Council for Psychoanalytic and Jungian Analysis (CPJA). I am accredited by The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Issues related to being looked after/fostered.


My fees are £45.00 for a 50 minute session.

Sessions can be between 1- 5 per week.

Initial assessment appointments of up to 90 minutes are free of charge.

Fees are invoiced on a monthly basis.

Missed or cancelled appointments will be charged at the full sessional rate. You will not be expected to pay for any sessions cancelled by me.

I offer some low cost places in my practice but these may not always be available and are subject to discussion regarding affordability.

Further information

Psychotherapy is a talking therapy that offers the opportunity for you to tell your story in a confidential, impartial and non-judgemental setting.

It allows the exploration of the life experiences that have brought you to where you are now.

Psychotherapy facilitates the discovery of underlying reasons that have contributed to current or ongoing difficulties in your life.

You may have had to bury feelings associated with your experiences, often since childhood, in order to get on with and manage life. Although these feelings are not always present, or even consciously apparent, they interfere with your ability to find contentment or happiness.

Psychotherapy can help you to investigate the origins of your discomfort in order to understand and overcome what is preventing you from moving forward in a positive way.

If you are finding current events in your life particularly challenging and feel that support during a difficult phase in your life would be helpful or have been struggling for some time and want to understand why, Psychotherapy offers a way to work through difficulties in a positive way.

I offer a safe and secure space for you to talk and for us to think together about what is going on for you.

I am experienced in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with :

  • Feeling Overwhelmed
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Panic Attacks
  • Sadness
  • Feeling out of control
  • Feeling lonely
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Trauma
  • Abuse
  • Interpersonal and relationship difficulties
  • Eating Disorders
  • Identity issues
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Low self esteem
  • Redundancy
  • Work place issues
  • Anger issues
  • Repetitive physical health problems

Maps & Directions

Whitstable, CT5

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I am available during weekdays 08:00 to 21:00

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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