Brian Shand BA, MSc, Ph.D, M.Inst GA, UKCP. Analytic Psychotherapist
Fairlands Medical Centre
I offer a safe and confidential environment for both group and individual analytic psychotherapy for adults. My private practice is based in a large Medical Centre two miles from Guildford.
I have considerable professional experience, having worked as a therapist in the NHS (where I have also supervised the work of psychiatrists and other psychotherapists) as well as in private practice. Over the years, I have worked with people from a wide range of ages and backgrounds.
I am one of the very few trained and qualified group psychotherapists in private practice in Surrey.
I teach about psychotherapy and have provided introductory classes for the Church of England on stress and burn-out and on therapy itself.
Psychotherapy or Counselling may help with:
Unresolved childhood issues
Painful, abusive and traumatic events
Confidence and self-esteem
Loneliness and isolation
Anger, frustration and assertiveness
Personal growth and fulfilment
Feelings of being overwhelmed
And many other things!
How does Analytic Psychotherapy work?
People come for therapy with a wide variety of difficulties. These are often apparently 'here and now' issues - for instance current relationships, low self-esteem or depression - which at first sight have little to do with the past or with the deepest workings of the mind. But the roots of the problems are frequently in surprising places.
Psychotherapy offers a chance to step back and reflect on yourself and on formative experiences from your childhood and family. I always say that the human mind is like an iceberg with a lot of it hidden in the depths. Just as much of an iceberg is below the water level, so much of our mind is below the level of consciousness. And so it's beyond easy access. Psychotherapy works with this unconscious mind. It aims to bring what is hidden to the surface, thereby releasing things which have been keeping a person stuck or trapped.
Because psychotherapy goes into the depths and because the problems which affect us often take a long time to become embedded, it isn't a quick fix. It's not uncommon for people to work in therapy for a year or more depending on the nature of their issues, although improvements may start to be noticed after only a few months.
If you contact me what happens next?
Normally we will have a brief conversation on the phone which will give me some idea of whether I might be able to help you. If so, we will arrange to meet for an assessment. The purpose of this is to get a clearer picture of whether psychotherapy might be appropriate and, if so, what type - individual or group. If it's the former, we will have weekly fifty-minute sessions. If it's the latter, you will be invited to join a weekly one-and-a-half hour group. In both forms of therapy confidentiality is paramount.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained and qualified at the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA). The IGA is the UK's main institute for the training of group psychotherapists. it emphasizes the way in which the individual's mind is significantly formed through social, multi-personal relationships.
I have an MSc in Group Analysis.
As well as my private practice work, I have also had considerable NHS experience, working in two hospital psychotherapy departments.
I am a Member of the Institute of Group Analysis. I am also a Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) which is an internationally recognised membership organisation of therapists who have to meet exacting standards and training requirements.
In addition to my therapy qualifications, I have a BA (Hons) Degree and a Ph.D in French from University College London.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
More generally, I work with whatever people bring to the sessions. Sometimes a person begins their journey in therapy wishing to do deal with a particular problem. But with time, it becomes clear that there are other areas that also require attention. Psychotherapy is a partnership where both the patient and I work towards helping them achieve deep and lasting change.
My fee for individual analytic psychotherapy is £50 for a weekly fifty-minute session.
My fee for group psychotherapy is £160 per calendar month for weekly hour-and-a-half sessions.
My fee for hour-and-a-half assessment sessions is £60.
Payment is usually by bank transfer.
Please contact me either by phone (07972 538764) or email (email@example.com).
The Medical Centre where I am based has good access to public transport and offers parking.
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Type of session
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I have daytime and evening availability. I offer once-weekly group and individual analytic psychotherapy.
Types of client