Brian Shand Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.

BA, MSc, Ph.D, M.Inst GA, UKCP. Analytic Psychotherapist

About me

I offer a safe and confidential environment for both group and individual analytic psychotherapy for adults. My private practice is based in a large Medical Centre two miles from Guildford.


I have considerable professional experience, having worked as a therapist in the NHS (where I have also supervised the work of psychiatrists and other psychotherapists) as well as in private practice. Over the years, I have worked with people from a wide range of ages and backgrounds.

I am one of the very few trained and qualified group psychotherapists in private practice in Surrey.

I teach about psychotherapy and have provided introductory classes for the Church of England on stress and burn-out and on therapy itself.

You can also find out more about me on my website at

Psychotherapy or Counselling may help with:

Personal relationships
Unresolved childhood issues
Painful, abusive and traumatic events
Confidence and self-esteem
Loneliness and isolation
Anger, frustration and assertiveness
Work-related issues
Personal growth and fulfilment
Feelings of being overwhelmed
Stifled creativity
And many other things!

How does Analytic Psychotherapy work?

People come for therapy with a wide variety of difficulties. These are often apparently 'here and now' issues - for instance current relationships, low self-esteem or depression - which at first sight have little to do with the past or with the deepest workings of the mind. But the roots of the problems are frequently in surprising places.

Psychotherapy offers a chance to step back and reflect on yourself and on formative experiences from your childhood and family. I always say that the human mind is like an iceberg with a lot of it hidden in the depths. Just as much of an iceberg is below the water level, so much of our mind is below the level of consciousness. And so it's beyond easy access. Psychotherapy works with this unconscious mind. It aims to bring what is hidden to the surface, thereby releasing things which have been keeping a person stuck or trapped.

Because psychotherapy goes into the depths and because the problems which affect us often take a long time to become embedded, it isn't a quick fix. It's not uncommon for people to work in therapy for a year or more depending on the nature of their issues, although improvements may start to be noticed after only a few months.

If you contact me what happens next?

Normally we will have a brief conversation on the phone which will give me some idea of whether I might be able to help you. If so, we will arrange to meet for an assessment. The purpose of this is to get a clearer picture of whether psychotherapy might be appropriate and, if so, what type - individual or group. If it's the former, we will have weekly fifty-minute sessions. If it's the latter, you will be invited to join a weekly one-and-a-half hour group. In both forms of therapy confidentiality is paramount.

For more information please visit my website;

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained and qualified at the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA). The IGA is the UK's main institute for the training of group psychotherapists. it emphasizes the way in which the individual's mind is significantly formed through social, multi-personal relationships.

I have an MSc in Group Analysis.

As well as my private practice work, I have also had considerable NHS experience, working in two hospital psychotherapy departments.

I am a Member of the Institute of Group Analysis. I am also on the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) register which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.  The UKCP is an internationally recognised membership organisation of therapists who have to meet exacting standards and training requirements.

In addition to my therapy qualifications, I have a BA (Hons) Degree and a Ph.D in French from University College London.


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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

More generally, I work with whatever people bring to the sessions. Sometimes a person begins their journey in therapy wishing to do deal with a particular problem. But with time, it becomes clear that there are other areas that also require attention. Psychotherapy is a partnership where both the patient and I work towards helping them achieve deep and lasting change.

You can read more about the work I do, together with information on a wide range of psychological difficulties plus a selection of blogs, at


Additional information

My fee for individual analytic psychotherapy is £55 for weekly fifty-minute sessions.

My fee for group psychotherapy is £160 per calendar month for weekly hour-and-a-half sessions.

My fee for hour-and-a-half assessment sessions is £65.

Payment is usually by bank transfer.

When I work

I have daytime and evening availability. I offer once-weekly group and individual analytic psychotherapy.

Further information

Please contact me either by phone (07972 538764) or email (

The Medical Centre where I am based has good access to public transport and offers parking.

Fairlands Medical Centre, Fairlands Avenue,, Worplesdon, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 3NA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

Additional languages