Donna Christina Savery MBACP Reg, IGA Assoc Member Harley St & Bucks
I am a psychotherapist, analytical group therapist and director of Harley Street Counselling based in London W1. I also work in Bucks where I practice as a psychotherapist and therapy group facilitator. I have worked for MIND as a therapist for clients with acute mental health diagnoses and was employed there as Creative Group Therapist.
Finding the right therapist is often difficult. The work is based on forming a relationship where you feel safe to share your worries and problems without fear of judgement. If you are feeling depressed or anxious, find yourself filled with dread or feel hopeless and desperate, or have undergone a recent life change or loss, I can provide a safe confidential space to talk about your feelings and help to make sense of them. Life is full of challenges and we can often feel at sea with no sense of an anchor or a safe harbour. I can be with you to help negotiate your way through stormy seas, whether to find more direction, harness your power or to recognise, accept and support you in your vulnerability.
For serious concerns, chronic anxiety and mental health problems - including trauma, PTSD, BPD, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, self harm, Bipolar disorder (manic depression) and obsessions - I offer long term open ended PSYCHOTHERAPY. I don't work with these 'labels' in the room, but with you as a person. I see my role as being with you while you face the realities of your existence, helping you to understand the choices you have and to bear the pain, in order to live a more fulfilling life.
if you wish to work deeply and intensely to try to discover not just who you are but why you think and behave as you do, I offer a combination of working existentially and analytically to help you understand both your conscious behaviours and unconscious motives - this work suits individuals who are ready to make a commitment to come to multiple sessions per week (Upwards from 3x weekly)
For those currently facing a CRISIS (including identity, relationship issues, infidelity, loss, sexuality, gender, power, coming out, death and betrayal) I can provide a safe and discreet space to work through such feelings as shame, confusion, dread and guilt, without judgement, enabling you to come to terms with your life, accept yourself and recognise your freedoms, thereby enabling you take greater responsibility for your future choices.
I also offer GROUP THERAPY for those wishing to enhance self awareness, live a more authentic existence, explore existential or recurrent issues, crises and ways of being - in both W1 and Datchet. There is sometimes a short waiting list for a place.
When appropriate I draw significantly upon my creative background in the arts, particularly when working with clients from artistic backgrounds, the creative industries and corporate clients. I use story, myth, music, art, symbols, play and drama in addition to more traditional 'talking therapies'. I also work with actors, academics, high achievers and directors, and currently work with a number of counsellors / therapists coming back into therapy to deal with emergent issues from their own work and lives. I offer a non-judgemental, creative and empathetic space to do so.
I am an active researcher, and regularly attend conferences, give papers and run workshops for therapists. I write and research for publication and am currently working on a book on Echoism - the lost voice in narcissistic relationships. My work with NPD explores ways to cut through feelings of numbness and dissociation, and the emptiness experienced when we feel unable to live up to the image of the person others see us as or that we have constructed, and helps to quash the cycle of thrill-seeking or destructive behaviours that may result from this. I work with both patients who have developed narcissistic behaviours often as a result of wounds from early life, and with their Echoistic (Echo-like) partners or children, providing a space where they can find their own voice. My chapter on 'Using Myth in Existential Therapy' was published (Nov 2013) in a new Palgrave book 'Existential Relationship Therapy' with Emmy van Deurzen et al. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/dp/0230362095/ref=mtr_p_toshiba-metro_dp?tag=toshiba-metro-uk-21&tagbase=toshiba-metro&tbId=Im%3B%40BI%2BImUV(%40X0TUN4%5D and I have been running workshops for therapists on working with narcissism and echoism, and for echoistic individuals to promote healing and the development of a voice and a self.
I suggest an initial consultation to meet, and to see if we can work together, before agreeing to a contracted period of work. The cost is £60 and as well as providing a space to see whether I am the right person to help you, and for you to ask any questions you may have, it is an opportunity to discuss ongoing commitments, fees and frequency of sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and membership
Associate Member Institute Group analysis
IGA Group work practitioner
Accredited Member BACP
Member Society Existential Analysis
1994 MA Theatre Practice University of Exeter (Mental health project focused on working with schizophrenia and psychosis - using drama and roleplay as a therapeutic medium)
1995 RSA Cert. Psychodynamic Counselling
2011 Postgraduate dip. Existential and Person Centred Counselling. UWL
2014 -2015 Group Analysis Foundation Course IGA (Turvey , Bucks)
2015-2016 Diploma Group Analysis and group work paractitioner status. IGA in progress
My Research: Recent/Forthcoming Papers, workshops and Publications
Echoism - The Silent Response to Narcissism - Forthcoming book Publ. Karnac Books 2017
Introduction to Group Therapy - Workshop Accord Therapists CPD July 2016
Echoism and Narcissism - roles in co dependency. Workshop Accord Therapists CPD Nov 26th 2015
Echoism - Forthcoming paper in Journal Existential Analysis - July 2015
Mindsite full day CPPD workshop - Working with Myth of Narcissus and Echo in therapy. 12th June 2015
Running Groups - A discussion for therapists. Thames Valley Counselling. May 2015
Echoism and Narcissistic Relating - paper Hermeneutic Circular - April 2015
Love and Pain: Facing our existential truth in an encounter with Echo and Narcissus - talk & workshop Society Existential Analysis 'Truth or Dare' Conference 28 Nov 2014
MINDSITE - full day CPPD event 'An approach to working with myth in therapy' 15th May 2014 ( Manchester)
Datchet CPD - Co-facilitator on 'Group Therapy - An existential phenomenological approach' March 2014
Echo and Narcissus in the room - CPD workshop for therapists Feb 2014
Using Myth and Creativity in Existential Relationship Therapy book chapter (Palgrave) with Emmy van Deurzen et al. Dec 2013 https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/dp/0230362095/ref=mtr_p_toshiba-metro_dp?tag=toshiba-metro-uk-21&tagbase=toshiba-metro&tbId=Im%3B%40BI%2BImUV(%40X0TUN4%5D
Echo and Narcissus as Archetypes - Research paper/presentation Thames Valley Counselling Oct 2013
Joseph and the Technicolour Fleece - work shop co-led with Dynamic Theatre practitioners. London March 2013.
Colour my Wellbeing Conference - University Northampton April 2012 http://www3.northampton.ac.uk/artsandhealth/programme/ incorporating:
The Red Trigger: Working with colour triggers to address PTSD and Trauma related issues (paper)
Uses of Colour in Building a Therapeutic Relationship:(workshop) Northampton, 2012
Harness Your Creativity To Free The Client - Datchet 2012 (workshop for therapists)
Addressing Trauma through creativity - for Int'l Trauma Conference 2011
I am currently working on a research project on Echo and Narcissus as archetypes in therapy: 'Narcissus and Echo - Managing the wound in relationships' (case studies book) in progress.
Recent CPPD Attended
Bion Today - UCL July 2016
Sabina Spielrein - Institute psychoanalysis July 2016
Institute psychoanalysis Models in the mind Ronand Britton Sept 2015
On the couch - Bion - institute psychoanalysis August 2015
Group analysis cert course - received June 2015
The uses of psychoanalytic principles in counselling - Marlow. April 2015
Bion: Memory and Desire - Berkshire Counselling Servs Feb 2015
Free Association conference - Institute of Psychoanalysis, Dec 2014
Accord Therapists CPD Langley - Chris Mawson leads A talk and discussion on Narcissism, Sept 2014
Datchet CPPD - Sex and the Erotic in therapy. Feb 2014
Sesame Dramatherapy Conference. Attended workshops 'Jesus the storyteller',
Hillman presence/absence and Echo and Narcissus performance - London Oct 2013
Conflict in Counselling and Couples Counselling - R Pickles DCPPD Sep 2013
Jung Club James Hillman workshop and tribute day Feb 2013
Sesame Stepping Stones Conference Oct 2012
DVT dramatherapy workshop and seminar with David Read Johnson - April 2012
Sleep and Psychosis, and working with dreams - MIND Dec 2011
Sesame Dramatherapy conference - Oct 2011
Thames Valley Counselling CPD professional practice group member - Ongoing
Datchet CPPD founder member - group participant, facilitator and workshop leader - Ongoing
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Lack of existence
Fear of death
Fear of illness
philosophical and spiritual dilemmas
Working with high achievers to find meaning
Addictive and destructive behaviours
Issues around masculinity
Death of a loved one
Inability to make decisions
HELLP syndrome and trauma around childbirth
Young people and teenage crises
Amersham Fees: On application depending upon frequency and financial circumstances (waiting list at present)
Harley Street Counselling fees: £90-150 per session. Flexible phone and Skype sessions/clinic sessions available for o/seas clients or frequent travellers.
Fees are variable. Please click on www.harleystcounselling.co.uk for details and/or phone to discuss. These sessions take place at The Westlake Clinic, Harley Street,and Charterhouse Clinic, Marylebone.
Group Therapy - Windsor SL4 - Weekly closed group. Joining opportunities at beginning of academic terms. Fees £300 per term.
Group Therapy - London W1 - Slow open group. Fees £50 per 90 min session.
You can also find me along with a group of trusted colleagues in the Windsor area at http://www.thamesvalleycounselling.co.uk/
Couples Windsor http://www.yourrelationshipcoach.co.uk/
Approaches: Existential, Integrative, Psychodynamic, Group Analysis.
I work with whatever you bring, and as well as the spoken word, for clients who find it more difficult to talk about problems, I also work creatively and with dreams.
Echoism / co-dependency
Mental health problems
Mid life issues
Narcissistic relationships or issues
Creative and arts therapy
Death and health anxiety
Infidelity - pain and guilt
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am available for regular appointments
Types of client
Supervision & training
I offer individual supervision to individual and group therapists online, by telephone and face to face. .View supervision profile