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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About me

I am a psychotherapist and an analytic group therapist.

I have worked for MIND as a 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 on Echoism: The silenced response to narcissism, is now published in Routledge books. I trained with the IGA as a group work practitioner and combine both psychoanalytic and existential approaches in my work.

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.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and membership

Associate Member Institute Group analysis
IGA Group work practitioner
Member Society Existential Analysis
1994 MA Theatre Practice University of Exeter (Mental health project focused on working with schizophrenia and psychosis - using drama and roleplay as a therapeutic medium)
1995 RSA Cert. Psychodynamic Counselling
2011 Postgraduate dip. Existential and Person Centred Counselling. UWL
2014 -2015 Group Analysis Foundation Course IGA (Turvey , Bucks)
2015-2016 Diploma Group Analysis and group work paractitioner status. IGA in progress
2016-present candidate Daseinsanalytic seminar Zurich
My Research: Recent/Forthcoming Papers, workshops and Publications

Echo as the symbol for the silenced feminine voice in psychoanalysis - Jesus College, Oxford . Imago Forum. sept 2018
Echoism - The Silenced Response to Narcissism -Routledge Books May 2018

Narcissists and the damage they do - conference paper 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
Echo and Narcissus as Archetypes - Research paper/presentation Thames Valley Counselling Oct 2013

Recent CPPD Attended

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

Daseinsanalytic instruction and supervision Aug 2016 to present
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

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Narcissistic wound
Personality disorders
Separation anxiety
Lack of existence
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
Life crisis  
Death of a loved one
Inability to make decisions
Existential angst   
HELLP syndrome  and trauma around childbirth
Young people and teenage crises


Amersham Fees: £65 (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

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

Maps & Directions

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


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I am available for regular appointments

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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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