Rhoda Dorndorf MA B SSc CQSW Dip Psychotherapy Dip Supervision

Rhoda Dorndorf  MA  B SSc CQSW  Dip Psychotherapy Dip Supervision


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About me

A highly skilled and experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist trained in 1992, with a core profession in mental health social work , I offer individual therapy to adults, adolescents and children . ( However I am not trained to work with couples )


Any emotional, psychological or distressing issue which you cannot resolve or manage in a constructive way may be brought to a counsellor.See the list I work with....surely the tip of the iceberg?  It is a STRENGTH to ask for help in this way, not a weakness. It takes COURAGE to admit you may need someone elses help but we can't manage all life's difficulties alone. I aim to facilitate change and progress rather than take over or give well- meant advice. I can offer you support , empathy , a space to explore painful feelings, can clarify options and choices and can help you change negative patterns of relating within a confidential and secure setting . It may be preferable to confiding in a friend or relative , precisely because they may be too emotionally involved to be sufficiently objective. Counselling involves a demanding process of emotional and mental work .

It is no easy option .
Throughout the counselling relationship, you should experience respect and complete acceptance with out being judged or criticised as a person.  It has been well-researched that regardless of the many counselling models and approaches available, what really matters for the outcome is the quality of this therapeutic relationship.


As a trained clinical supervisor, I offer supervision to individuals and small groups whether  students or more experienced counsellors
I supervised person-centred and integrative student counsellors during their training so although I have trained in a different model, past supervisees have found this beneficial to their learning needs especially my emphasis on use of the transference and how unconscious processes between counsellor and client can be replicated in the supervisory relationship .


Working from home, I am located in the pretty village of Woodsetts near the M1, the A1 and the A57.   Bring your commitment to change because therapy is demanding though rewarding . I work Wed and Thurs and can usually be flexible concerning times of the day into evenings.


An initial assessment will address how counselling works, expectations and boundaries, fees, and the nature of your problems and what you hope to change etc. We will contract to work on your identified issues, reviewing work at suitable intervals, enabling us to take stock before continuing and eventually setting an ending date. As for all models of therapy, change is facilitated through our therapeutic relationship. As a rule of thumb, the more complex and severe the psychological issues, the longer and more in depth the therapy so I will adjust my approach according to the complexity /severity of the issues presented.


As an Accreditedq Member of the UKCP since training in 1992 , I am bound by several Codes of Ethics and Practice ( The Hallam Institute of Psychotherapy , the UKCP and BAPPS for psychoanalytic supervisors ) and receive clinical supervision as per UKCP guidelines. For your protection, the UKCP has a Complaints Procedure. I am adequately insured to work from home


I work with a large range of issues of varying complexity including emotional issues, losses, bereavement, mental health and psychological problems including depression and anxiety , minor obsessional problems , separation and attachment issues , relationship and family related problems, various kinds of trauma including sexual abuse and domestic violence, sexual / gender identity issues, eating disorders, disability related issues, harassment  / bullying, cultural issues and more. Everyone s issues are unique to them.

However, someone may present with what seems on the surface to be a general dis-ease with themselves and with life including problematic experiences and relationships.They may not even be clear about what they think is wrong or why. To explore and make sense of what you experience and to enable emotional and psychological development is often the stuff of therapy .

Because I draw upon the Object Relations School of theory , Attachment and recent developments in neuroscience, I am aware that our difficulties can affect our capacity to relate to others in a healthy way and even distort our view of ourselves ....indeed it is the interplay between our inner and outer world and between our conscious and unconscious selves which can be explored to effect change. The focus of the work is the client/therapist relationship which will mirror aspects of our past and current relationship patterns that need changing .

Training, qualifications & experience


A Social Worker in mental health for many years, I then trained as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist in 1992 wishing to help those service users in community and hospital settings in more depth

I have worked as a therapist in :-

  • 2 University Counselling Services,
  • an Eating Disorders Unit
  • 2 NHS Psychological Therapies Services as a Counsellor and Psychodynamic Psychotherapist
  • a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
  • a small charity helping adults who have been abused as children and / or have been victims of domestic violence

In 2002 I trained with WPF at Leeds Counselling as a Clinical Supervisor and have been a BAPPS (Br.Assoc.of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapeutic Supervisors) member since then. I have just taken on a role with their Publications Committe compiling their Supervision Review . You can read this on the BAPPS website .in I997 I obtained an MA at Sheffield University's Centre for Psychotherapeutic Studies
Having retired from an NHS CAMHS team in 2009 , I now work privately offering longer term therapy to clients who want to make deeper developmental changes . I also do a bit of supervision.


Following qualification in 1992, I became a registered member of the UKCP . I
have been a member of the British Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Supervisors ( BAPPS )f or over 11 years and of the Hallam Institute of Psychotherapy ( H I P ) which is an Organisational Member of the UKCP, for over 15 years.

Since April 2015, I have been a member of the Executive Committee of the CPJA ( College of Psychoanalytic and Jungian Analysts ).This helps to feel part of the wider family of psychoanalytic / psychodynamic psychotherapists and raises the profile of the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy world in this part of the UK.I am passionate about raising the profile of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in the public sector commensurate with the NICE guidelines, that recommend a RANGE of therapeutic modalities which unfortunately is not currently provided by the Government.The UKCP have lately improved their publicity about what we do and have linked up with both the BACP and BPC in so doing , given we all have much more in common than that which divides us .

I have organised meetings and conferences for the CPJA membership and am currently planning a Conference on October this year around the topics of how we speak about what we do as psychodynamic psychotherapists, in order to make therapy more accessible and more clearly understood in the public sector. We also want to highlight the inadequacy of the dominant medical model discourse for mental ill health and have booked Prof . Richard Bentall as the key speaker .He has written key texts such as " Doctoring the Mind " and " Madness Explained "
I enjoy monthly attendance at the
Sheffield Psychoanalytic Journal Club, and have attended conferences and clinical seminars over the years connected with my work . I maintain a keen interest in current research and practice issues particularly in light of recent neuroscience / attachment-based discoveries.

The reason I am listed as unavailable much of the time is because I work with very few long-term clients at any one time which balances out the amount of professional committee work that is ongoing and deadlined. i haven't as yet decided whether to retire fully from 2019 when my state pension is due so will remain aware of this when being asked to take on longer term work .

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

The catch all term or label of " Personality Disorder " including the above list given of various types, may not be the most helpful to individuals seeking a talking therapy .However, psychoanalytic psychotherapy can address problems emanating from emotional / psychological developmental problems that historically have been labelled as Personality Disorders within the medical model .

It may also be important to note that DID or Dissociative Identity Disorder which is NOT listed as such here, seems to have replaced what was referred to as Multiple Personality Disorder and has helped to lessen the stigma of those who have experienced complex childhood trauma .


Fees : £45 per session via negotiation depending on your circumstances

Maps & Directions

Woodsetts, S81

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


flexible by arrangement

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

A QUALIFIED CLINICAL SUPERVISOR since 2002, ( having supervised social work students long before ) , I trained at WPF Leeds Counselling in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy supervision.  ( I " listen " for unconscious processes operating between client and counsellor and between supervisee and supervisor which can throw useful light on the relationship dynamics ) .I am an accredited supervisor with UKCP and a  member of BAPPS ( British Assoc.

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