Anthony Leyland PhD, BPC-Registered Psychodynamic Psychotherapist
I am a fully-qualified and experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist. I draw on broad experience of working in the NHS and other organisations to help clients talk about and find a way through a wide range of emotional and relationship problems.
I work with people of 18 and over in private practice.
My practice is located in private, comfortable therapy rooms in Southampton (adjacent to Southampton University, Highfield campus). However, due to the restrictions in place to deal with the coronavirus outbreak I am now working online.
Please contact me to arrange an initial consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Model of Practice
My training and way of working is psychodynamic.
Psychodynamic therapy is based on psychoanalysis. It addresses not only the immediate symptoms that bring people into therapy, but rather seeks to help patients discern, understand and gain more control over unconscious patterns in how they think, feel and relate to themselves and other people.
In this form of therapy, patients usually come once or twice-weekly, often, although not always, on a longer-term basis (not infrequently, a year or more).
The basis of our work together is free association – which involves you in telling me about what you are feeling or thinking and then together we will try to articulate and understand your psychology. I do not offer guidance or advice, and I do not set tasks or targets – it is more a question of helping you to reach your own conclusions.
What sort of problems can Psychodynamic Therapy help with?
• Common emotional and psychological problems such as: depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, interpersonal relationship problems, low self-esteem; medically-unexplained symptoms
• Psychodynamic therapy can be especially helpful where there are clear difficulties but not clear reasons for them
In my experience, psychodynamic therapy is particularly suitable for patients who:
• Find it helpful to speak about their difficulties, want to understand themselves better, value an exploratory approach, and have a desire for change
• Are willing and able to tolerate and sustain an emotional, time and financial commitment
• For those who prefer to learn more goal-directed strategies and techniques to manage their symptoms, it is possible that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) would be a better fit. CBT is usually a short-term therapy, whereas psychodynamic work is often on a longer-term basis (a year or more).
My previous clinical experience – in addition to private practice:
• Senior Counsellor in NHS primary care; Honorary Psychotherapist in NHS secondary care; Counsellor and Supervisor in Higher Education; Counsellor and Supervisor in the Charity Sector
Work in Counselling and Psychotherapy Education:
• I work as an Academic Tutor and External Examiner for several organisations.
Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (WPC)
BACP-Accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (WPF)
Certificate in Supervision (Psychodynamic)
I undertake regular and appropriate CPD.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I am not currently taking on new patients.
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I respond to messages as soon as possible. This is usually within 24 hours (on week days) but occasionally may be longer if I am out of town, or during holiday periods.