Dermot Martin MSc (Psych) CTA (P) UKCP Reg. MBACP (Accred).

Dermot Martin MSc (Psych) CTA (P) UKCP Reg. MBACP (Accred).

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Chiswick High Road
West London


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About me

At times we all feel like our day is becoming too much,we are unsure how to move forward. Often, when people feel stuck, lost or unhappy – they may think about coming to therapy.

Each of us carries inside us, a model for relating to other people and to life itself. Parts of it may no longer be working for you and now needs change.
Psychotherapy provides a unique and special place for you to explore your concerns and feelings with someone who helps you gain insight into who you are, how you relate to other people and to life itself.

Working with individuals, couples and families, I offer a confidential, non-judgemental and supportive approach; a safe place to focus on concerns, consider change and seek new perspectives.

I use a psychodynamic approach, drawing on Transactional Analysis, Relational Psychoanalysis, combining the latest research in neurobiology and regulation theory. Working relationally, I pay particular attention to the dynamics emerging in our sessions, as many of your emotional dilemmas with others will emerge in therapy sessions, so that together we can address them 'in person'.

Understanding the process of change, I have experienced personally the effectiveness of psychotherapy during difficult periods. I am sensitised to pain, suffering and how we can recover. As well as first hand experience of many of life's challenges, my work is informed by extensive training and professional clinical practice.

Working with relationships, I hold a Advanced Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Psychotherapy and welcome heteronormative and same-sex couples. From a non-judgemental position, I consider the relationship as client. Together we identify the ways you and your partner interact that lead to dissatisfaction, criticism, or distance.
Each of you are invited to better understand what you really need from each other.

Once you understand this more clearly, you will learn new ways to express your needs and meet the needs of each other. Instead of repeating the same old fights and arguments, you will learn to communicate better and resolve conflicts. Instead of becoming angry, hateful, and pushing each other away, you will learn to relate to each other in more vulnerable and authentic ways.

As you each find courage to bring yourself more fully into your relationship, you will often feel closer to each other and engage in fewer behaviors that decrease trust, and destroy the foundation of mutual respect, love, and friendship.
Couples therapy can also help you discover that your differences are too great and that the best solution for each of you will be to end the relationship.

My work with families is short-term and solution focused.

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc in Psychotherapy with distinction from the Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University , with a reputation for professional excellence.
I'm also a certified Relational Transactional Analyst CTA (P) in the field of psychotherapy with individuals, couples and groups.

Advanced Diploma in relationship therapy NAOS Institute.
Postgraduate Diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling, Metanoia Institute.
My work includes long and short-term psychotherapy within private practice, NHS and other institutional settings - with clients presenting an extensive range of personal struggles such as relationship issues, developmental trauma, depression, anxiety, many types of addiction, somatic illness, low self-esteem, sexual issues, bereavement, identity and personality issues.

Advanced Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Psychotherapy NAOS Institute.

I pursue ongoing training, learning, and personal growth as part of my commitment to the challenge and enjoyment of working with the complexities of the human psyche.

Professional membership

I am bound by the Codes of Ethics and Professional Procedures of the following organisations.

BACP (Bristish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy)
EATA (European Association for Transactional Analysis)
IARPP (International Association of relational psychoanalysis)
Metanoia Institute.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Physical symptoms where underlying cause may be psychological.


Fees begin at £80 for individuals, £120 for couples and vary as per your circumstances.

Further information

My professional interest includes the process of change, cultural identity and creativity.
I also run a small therapy group through the course of the year, please enquire for more details.

Maps & Directions

Chiswick, W4

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Morning,afternoon and evening.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults