Donna Christina Savery MBACP Reg, IGA Assoc Member Harley St & Bucks

Donna Christina Savery MBACP Reg, IGA Assoc Member Harley St & Bucks

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Princes Risborough
Buckinghamshire
HP27

Amersham
Buckinghamshire
HP7

07748 645432

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About me

I am a psychotherapist and an IGA trained analytic group therapist offering individual therapy in Bucks. As a therapist I combine both psychoanalytic and existential approaches in my work.

I have worked for MIND as an individual therapist for patients with acute mental health diagnoses, where I was also employed as a Group Therapist. I am a writer and researcher and my book Echoism: The silenced response to narcissism, is published by Routledge books (2018). My work on echoism has enabled individuals who fear taking agency and speaking aloud, or who suffer from social anxiety or from being controlled by narcissists, to understand their own roles and to think about what they want from future relationships and to find ways to bring this about. Echoists often feel they have no control in their own lives or influence on others, and I work with whatever the patient is able to bring to communicate (this sometimes includes artwork, dreams and writing)  - for those who cannot easily put their thoughts into words.  I trained initially as an existential therapist and then with the IGA as a group work practitioner and I have recently qualified as a daseinsanalyst - providing an integrated form of psychoanalysis and existential therapy, involving intensive analytic work.

I offer a space for you to be heard and where you can share your fears, express your feelings and begin to address issues that may have been present for some time in your life. If you have been traumatised or have been through a life crisis I aim to provide a safe enough space to open up painful wounds. My approach involves staying open to, and trying to help understand, all aspects of your being, your conscious and unconscious motivations, the influences of others upon you throughout your life and in the present. If you have been in relationships where you find yourself repeatedly in similar roles, I will work with you to understand developmental and unconscious motivations, which affect how you are in the world and to take responsibility for a voice that you can identify as your own. If you suffer from mental health conditions I am experienced in helping to understand their impact upon you and others and to contain anxiety by being with you. I have worked with all aspects of narcissism and echoism and am experienced in working with patients to change highly sedimented and unhealthy patterns of relating. As a daseinsanalyst I work intensively with both conscious and unconscious communications, including dreams, that enable further analysis, to provide more understanding of you in relationship with others and to your whole existence and actions in the world.


I suggest an initial consultation to meet, and to see if we can work together, before agreeing to a contracted period of work. The cost is £65 and as well as providing a space to see whether I am the right person to help you, and for you to ask any questions you may have, it is an opportunity to discuss ongoing commitments, fees and frequency of sessions. I also see students who are training in counselling and psychotherapy and can offer a discounted rate where necessary, to those who need to see  a BACP or UKCP equivalent therapist as part of their training.

I see patients either face to face or on the couch for weekly or multiple sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and membership

Daseinsanalyst  - Trained and supervised by Alice Holzhey-Kunz, Zurich Seminar

Associate Member Institute Group Analysis

IGA Diploma Group analysis and Group work practitioner

Member BACP

Member Zurich Daseinsanalytic seminar

Member St Johns Philosophy and Psychoanalysis seminars, Oxford

Member Oxford and London Psychoanalysis and Philosophy Group
Member Society Existential Analysis

Qualifications

2019 - Qualified Daseinsanalyst

2016-2019 candidate Daseinsanalytic seminar Zurich

2015-2016 Diploma Group Analysis and Groupwork Practitioner status. IGA

2014 -2015 Group Analysis Foundation Course IGA (Turvey , Bucks)

2011 Postgraduate dip. Existential therapy and Person Centred Counselling. UWL

1995 RSA Cert. Psychodynamic Counselling

1994 MA Theatre Practice University of Exeter (Mental health research  focused on working with schizophrenia and psychosis - using drama and roleplay as a therapeutic medium)

1993 BA (Hons) English and Drama University of Surrey


My Research: Recent/Forthcoming Papers, workshops and Publications

Echoism and Narcissism- the silenced voice in psychoanalysis - St Johns Seminar programme, Oxford. Nov 2019

Myth as a container for anxiety - Bion, the unconscious and Daseinsanalysis. Forthcoming chapter in New perspectives in Existential Therapy - Ed. Manu Bazzano (forthcoming book)

The Mind's Voices - Ego destructive godlike objects Routledge. (forthcoming book co-authored with Chris Mawson)

Recognising Echoism as a phenomenon in Existential Therapy - A daseinsanalaytic hermeneutic approach (Journal existential analysis 30.1) Jan 2019

Echo as the symbol for the silenced feminine voice in psychoanalysis - Jesus College, Oxford . Imago Forum. sept 2018 (conference paper)

Above paper also given at Institute of Psychoanalysis, Hamburg (Oct 2018)

Echoism - The Silenced Response to Narcissism -Routledge Books May 2018 (author)

Narcissists and the damage they do - conference on Echoism April 2018

Echoism and Narcissism - Workshop Accord Therapists CPD June 2017

Echoism and Narcissism - Workshop MIND CPD November 2016

Introduction to Group Therapy - Workshop Accord Therapists CPD July 2016

Echoism and Narcissism - roles in co dependency. Workshop Accord Therapists CPD Nov 26th 2015
Echoism - Is there a place for echoism in existential analysis? Paper in Journal Existential Analysis - July 2015
Mindsite full day CPPD workshop - Working with Myth of Narcissus and Echo in therapy. 12th June 2015
Running Groups - A discussion for therapists. Thames Valley Counselling. May 2015
Echoism and Narcissistic Relating - paper Hermeneutic Circular - April 2015
Love and Pain: Facing our existential truth in an encounter with Echo and Narcissus - talk & workshop Society Existential Analysis 'Truth or Dare' Conference 28 Nov 2014
MINDSITE - full day CPPD event 'An approach to working with myth in therapy' 15th May 2014 ( Manchester)
Echo and Narcissus in the room - CPD workshop for therapists Feb 2014
Using Myth and Creativity in Existential Relationship Therapy book chapter (Palgrave) with Emmy van Deurzen et al. Dec 2013 https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/dp/0230362095/ref=mtr_p_toshiba-metro_dp?tag=toshiba-metro-uk-21&tagbase=toshiba-metro&tbId=Im%3B%40BI%2BImUV(%40X0TUN4%5D
Echo and Narcissus as Archetypes - Research paper/presentation Thames Valley Counselling Oct 2013

Recent CPPD Attended

New Imago Forum, Jesus College, Oxford - 2019 'judgement '

Psychoanalysis and the Classical World - March 2019 Kings College, London

Knowing and not knowing 'Imago' symposium Jesus College Oxford Sept 9/10 2017

Daseinsanalytic instruction and supervision Aug 2016 to August 2019
Bion Today - UCL July 2016
Sabina Spiel Rein - Institute psychoanalysis July 2016
Institute psychoanalysis Models in the mind Ronald Britton Sept 2015
On the couch - Bion - institute psychoanalysis August 2015
Group analysis cert course - received June 2015
The uses of psychoanalytic principles in counselling - Marlow. April 2015
Bion: Memory and Desire - Berkshire Counselling Servs Feb 2015
Free Association conference - Institute of Psychoanalysis, Dec 2014
Accord Therapists CPD Langley - A talk and discussion on Narcissism, Sept 2014

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Narcissistic wound
Personality disorders
Separation anxiety
Meaninglessness
Dread
Lack of existence
Withdrawal  
Fear of death
Fear of illness
Unfulfilled potential 
Philosophical and spiritual dilemmas
Work/life balance
Working with high achievers to find meaning
Addictive and destructive behaviours
Issues around masculinity
Guilt
Life crisis  
Death of a loved one
Inability to make decisions
Existential angst   
HELLP syndrome  and trauma around childbirth
Young people and teenage crises

Fees

Fees: £65 for 50  minute session (multiple weekly sessions fee to be discussed) concessions available

Further information

Approaches: Existential, Integrative, Psychodynamic, Group Analysis.

I work with whatever you bring, and as well as the spoken word, for clients who find it more difficult to talk about problems, I also work creatively and with dreams.


Specialist areas

Anxiety/dread
Echoism / co-dependency
Trauma
Mental health problems
Mid life issues
Narcissism
Death and health anxiety
Suicidal feelings
Infidelity - pain and guilt

Maps & Directions

Princes Risborough, HP27
Amersham, HP7

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

On site parking available and indoor waiting room and cloak room. Need to be able to climb one flight of stairs. Walk from station 15 minutes

Availability

I am available for regular appointments

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups

Supervision & training

Are you looking for a supervisor who is open to exploring your feelings and thoughts and who will try to help you to understand your role and to shed light upon less conscious aspects of your work?.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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