Tara Macey UKCP Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
St Barnabus Counselling and Therapy Centre
St. Barnabas House
I am a UKCP registered and accredited Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Psychotherapist with over five years clinical experience, having worked in both NHS mental health services and private practice settings. I have experience in facilitating psychotherapy groups and individual therapy. My diverse experience in a wide range of settings has enabled me to work with people from all walks of life, with unique backgrounds, experiences and difficulties.
I have a lot of experience in working with people who have experienced trauma, including child abuse, sexual abuse and domestic violence. I have six years experience in supporting people with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses, including anxiety, depression, psychosis and personality disorder.
What I Offer
I provide psychotherapy sessions from a quiet consulting room in Medway that offers a private and discreet environment for you to explore your difficulties. I offer both time-limited short-term psychotherapy, as well as longer-term therapy that is open-ended. The length of psychotherapy offered is flexible, allowing you to work at your own pace, only discussing topics you feel comfortable talking about. Having the opportunity to think about the impact of difficult experiences can allow you to process painful feelings that you may have struggled to manage previously. I provide a supportive space in which these difficult experiences can be thought about and worked through.
What is Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?
Psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy is a model of psychotherapy that focuses on the impact of our past experiences on our adult life. The psychotherapist and client work together to reach a shared understanding of the origin or 'root cause' of the client's difficulties.
This model of psychotherapy helps you identify and make links between your past and present experiences, to identify repeating patterns of behaviour, and work on those which you would like to change.
How Will it Help Me?
I can help you understand your difficulties in the context of your life experiences, and think about the meaning this has for you. I can help you work through traumatic past experiences that have been difficult to move on from, and help you come to terms with events that you have been struggling with. I can help you understand yourself better, improving your self-awareness and exploring why you have particular thoughts and feelings, or why you do things in a certain way.
What is the Difference Between Psychotherapy and Counselling?
Psychotherapy focuses on the development of the self and personality, by exploring how your past experiences shaped the person you are today. Psychotherapy will help you understand your difficulties within the wider context of your personality and life experience. Counselling, on the other hand, tends to focus more on the here-and-now, looking at current symptoms and addressing how you can manage those symptoms better in the present time. This can be helpful for short-term problems, however, psychotherapy would help you discover why and how your difficulties occurred in your life in the first place.
By exploring where your difficulties came from, and why, you can make long-term changes to yourself and your life to prevent them from repeating in the future. The more in-depth approach of psychotherapy enables you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your behaviours, thoughts and feelings.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy training is rigorous, over a minimum of 5 years, and requires the psychotherapist to have engaged in intensive, long-term psychotherapy throughout their training. It is only available at postgraduate level, requiring trainees to have already completed an undergraduate degree in a related subject. This is in stark contrast to counselling trainings which can be completed in 1 year and do not have the same personal therapy requirements.
My 7 year psychotherapy training, combined with my experience in mental health services over many years, has equipped me with knowledge and expertise to treat a wide range of difficulties.
If you feel that this is something that may be useful, or would like to find out more, please contact me by phone or online, or visit my website. If you are interested in coming to therapy, I will invite you to meet me for an initial session, also known as a consultation.
The consultation is an informal session in which it helps us both begin to get to know each other better, and for you to think about whether psychotherapy feels like something that could be helpful. It is important to choose a psychotherapist that you can learn to trust and build a relationship with, in order to feel comfortable about your difficulties. If we both feel during the consultation that we can work together, we will meet weekly. Sessions will take place at the same time every week.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MClinSci Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
- PgDip Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
- BSc (Hons) Social Sciences
All awarded by the University of Kent
My professional registration and memberships:
- UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) registration and accreditation as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
- CPJA (Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis) member
FIP (Forum for Independent Psychotherapists) Professional member
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- 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
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Sessions are charged at £55 each for 50 minutes.
Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone/email or using the contact form on my website to discuss your needs.
For more information on my clinical background, please view my linkedin profile: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/tara-macey-056642b3
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 5pm-8pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|