Peter Chidwick, Jungian Analytical Psychotherapist, BPC registered
I am a Jungian Analytical Psychotherapist, registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), working with individuals to provide the psychological spaice for in-depth self examination and reflection. I believe this space can be particularly useful at times of crisis and difficulty and provide the opportunity eventually to move forward in a more genuinely productive and creative way.
Working as an analytical psychotherapist, I aim to help people to explore their issues and concerns in the context of the past as well as the present so as to deepen understanding of the roots of these concerns. Thereby I hope to enable hidden aspects of experience and identity to find a more constructive and creative place within both the individual and his/her relationships with others.
Although, as I have said, my approach acknowledges the past as of central importance, our work will not - contrary perhaps to some expectations of therapy - be exclusively about your childhood memories. It is the way past and present interact dynamically with each other that I will seek to address with you.
One particularly important area of the present from a therapeutic point of view is the relationship with the therapist. This relationship can often come to reflect the patterns of relating that have caused the very concerns that have led to someone seeking therapy. It can, therefore, bring the patterns of the past alive. However, in contrast to what may have happened then, it does so in a therapeutic, non-judgmental context, the aim of which is to achieve understanding and change by deepening awareness, and working through the roots of such patterns and concerns.
These concerns may relate to something in the present - say, bereavement, or a relationship difficulty; or be about behaviour which is troubling you. Alternatively they may be the result of some longer-term emotional difficulty and, often, there will be longer-term difficulties underlying immediate concerns. Finally, people can also want to discuss a lack of a sense of meaning or purpose in life and be in search of personal growth.
I see people at least weekly. Each of my appointments lasts 50 minutes. After an initial assessment period, if we agree to continue, I usually offer to see people for open-ended, long-term work, though in some circumstances a shorter-term approach can also be therapeutic. We will discuss, and review, what is the right arrangement for you.
I work in my own consulting room (address above), through which I am seeking to provide a secure, confidential and professional setting for you. It is on the ground floor of a conveniently-placed office building. Parking is available to the front and rear of the building. The building is on the no.50 bus route, about 3 miles from the M42 (see map below)
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist since the early 1980s when my initial training was with Relate. Since then I have successfully completed a Certificate in Marital and Couple Counselling with Relate, and obtained a B.Phil. degree in counselling, awarded by the University of Birmingham. I was a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, registered with UKRCP as an Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist until I qualified as Jungian Analytical Psychotherapist in 2014 and became registered with UKCP. I moved my registration to BPC to be with a professional organisation which focuses exclusively on psychodynamic/psychoanalytic approaches to therapy.
I have worked as a counsellor/psychotherapist in a number of different settings
- GP Surgery
- Student Counselling Services
- Occupational Health
- Private Practice
- Relate, Couple Counselling
- Woodbourne Priory Hospital
I now work full-time in private practice
I subscribe to the Codes of Ethics and Practice of the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy and the British Psychoanalytic Council
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£62 for individuals. This fee reflects the length of my experience as a therapist - over 35 years - and my level of qualification - as a Jungian Analytical Psychotherapist - to work at psychological depth with people.
I offer a small number of spaces at a reduced rate for those on a low income. These are sometimes available. Please ask about availability if you are on a low income and would like me to consider this.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
8 a.m. - 2.30 pm Tuesday to Friday
Types of client