Phillip Birch MBACP Psychodynamic Counsellor & Psychotherapist
07752 134 719
I am a psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist offering long-term (open-ended) psychotherapy, or short-term psychotherapy with a focus (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy). The latter is one of the therapies recommended for depression in the NHS as an alternative to CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) or antidepressants. I have worked in the NHS and in private practice for 6 years. I am a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Areas of work
I have particular interest in working with people who suffer from depression, anxiety, have relationship issues or self-destructive habits, concerns about their gender or sexuality or body image, an abusive past or traumatic experiences, difficulties within their family, bereavement, or a general feeling of unhappiness about themselves and their lives that might be difficult to pinpoint.
About the therapy
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a form of talking therapy where I would work with you to help you understand your unconscious mind (the feelings, ideas and actions that might be troubling you which you don't understand) and how you feel and behave in relationships, which may be connected to your experiences in early childhood as well as those throughout life.
After an initial assessment session lasting one and a half hours, if we agree that we want to work together, we would meet once a week on the same day and at the same time for fifty minute sessions. The sessions would take place at the same location, in my comfortable treatment room between Clapham North and Clapham Common Tube stations. During the treatment we would think about how long the therapy should last and which areas we needed to focus on. Any information shared with me would remain confidential unless in exceptional circumstances (involving immediate risk).
I work according to the ethical guidelines laid out in the BACP:
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy from Birkbeck. I am a qualified Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy practitioner. I hold a BA in English Literature from Oxford University.
I have experience working with adult men and women of all ages, from different cultural backgrounds and of different persuasions in terms of their outlook on life, sexuality, religious faith, professional interests and political beliefs. I am experienced working with people who have problems that may be difficult to talk about, problems in relationships, their family or the workplace.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
My standard fee is £50 per hour, and I charge £75 for an initial 1 1/2 hour assessment. However, I also operate a sliding scale payment scheme for clients who have financial constraints.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I can offer early morning and early evening appointments for people who work 9-5. Also available during the day.
Types of client