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Dr Anthony Wharton, Clinical Psychologist. Psychodynamic therapist (trauma).

Plymouth, Devon, PL4
01752 219455 Registered / Accredited
Plymouth, Devon, PL4

About me

I am a HCPC registered clinical psychologist specialising in adult mental health. I provide a range of evidence based psychotherapies to alleviate psychological distress in Devon, my main approach being Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP).


My Mission:

I'm passionate about providing psychotherapy, helping people to understand themselves better, and promoting healthy growth and development to alleviate suffering. My aims are always to help people to get the best from therapy, to enable people to make changes for the better that can help them to feel better.

My approach:

I work in a respectful and collaborative manner where the alliance between client and therapist is central to the treatment and establishing safety and trust. The therapeutic relationship is therefore used as a central, supporting, guiding feature of the change and healing process.

How ISTDP can help you:

Intensive Short term Dynamic Psychotherapy has a robust evidence base and is highly effective form of individual psychotherapy that is designed to help you get to the heart of the matter quickly, and resolve issues fast. The approach is emotion focussed; a relational therapy that can address a wide range of ongoing problems or symptoms. ISTDP is particularly useful in attending to internal conflicts that can arise from interpersonal relationships.

Evidence base/ application of ISTDP:

ISTDP can address a range of mental and physical health problems including treatment resistant depression, post traumatic stress, complex trauma, and has a particular focus on helping clients to regulate anxiety. The version of ISTDP that I practice is attachment-based. This can be particularly useful in addressing painful experiences and unresolved emotional wounds in childhood that persist into adulthood.

What to expect:

When we meet for the first time, I will listen carefully to your needs, what difficulties you are experiencing, and what problems you are seeking help for. We can then decide together how psychotherapy can be of best use to address your difficulties. Once we have decided upon a suitable approach, we will identify some therapeutic goals to work towards, within a suggested timeframe that is suited to, and decided upon by you.

I work at a pace that is suitable, safe, and within a framework that can support you to step slightly outside of your comfort zone, in order to facilitate healthy development and growth. Whilst psychotherapy can sometimes be challenging, it can also be extremely rewarding, and set you on the path to freedom from perpetual suffering.

What next:

If you are interested in pursuing ISTDP for a difficulty that you may have, please get in touch. I can offer an initial telephone consultation free of charge. Alternative psychological therapies and psychological services that I provide online and in Devon can be found on my website www.istdpsouthwest.com

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked in the NHS for over 15 years. I began working in learning disabilities services providing positive behavioural support and systemic interventions to users of services whom were said to have 'challenging behaviour'. I then trained as a clinical psychologist, tailoring my training placement experiences towards adult mental health.

For the last five years I have been working as a clinical psychologist in a rural community mental health team in Devon. In this role, I specialise in providing assessment and psychotherapy to adults with adults with complex mental health difficulties. This ranges from people with anxiety-based disorders, depression and PTSD, to people who have experienced multiple (complex) traumas including most forms of abuse. I also work part time in a family therapy service in the NHS, providing systemic therapy to couples and families who have relational difficulties.

My Qualifications are as follows:

  • BSc Honours Psychology. University of Plymouth, 2004

  • Msc Applied Psychology of Learning disabilities. University of Portsmouth, 2010 (Distinction)

  • AFT Foundation level: Family and Systemic therapy, University of Plymouth, 2012

  • AFT Intermediate level: Family Therapy and Systemic Practitioner (Systemic Practitioner award). University of Plymouth 2015

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DclinPsy). University of Plymouth, 2015

  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic therapy. ISTDP-UK (in Core Training 2017-2020). (IEDTA)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Attachment trauma i.e. repeatedly broken or disrupted bonds in childhood or adolescence between infant, parent(s), or caregivers.

Chronic Anxiety.

Emotional and anxiety regulation.

Somatisation: Psychosomatic or medically unexplained symptoms e.g. tension headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, acid reflux, IBS, when symptomatic of chronic anxiety and repressed emotions, or trauma located in the body.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Integrative
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


£90 to £125 (sliding scale) per session

90 minute sessions are recommended for ISTDP.

Can provide block bookings of ISTDP to undertake a chunk of therapy in a short timeframe.

Can offer online therapy to people who cannot travel or access Devon. At present time this is the only safe provision of therapy available due to COVID-19.

*Currently have a space available for online therapy for Friday day time. Flexible midweek evening sessions also possible. Please get in touch to find out more.

Further information

Please look at my website for further information www.istdpsouthwest.com


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Currently taking on new referrals providing online therapy sessions using Zoom.

Types of client

Older adults


I can provide private supervision, consultation and reflective practice to professionals working within the NHS or in private sectors including mental health and learning disability services.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Dr Anthony Wharton, Clinical Psychologist. Psychodynamic therapist (trauma).

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