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About me

Many people experience emotional difficulties at some point in their lives, triggered by a particular event, or as a result of deeper unidentified issues.  Talking to a psychodynamic therapist, in a safe and confidential environment, provides a unique opportunity to identify the themes and patterns of thought and behaviour that can generate emotional distress,.  This can involve talking through past experiences and understanding how they impact you today.  The relationship with the therapist is important, as it provides an opportunity to examine ways of thinking and relating in the here and now as well as developmental factors.

I have a wide range of experience, having worked in the NHS for over 20 years - in both inpatient and community settings - and the charitable sector, as a psychotherapist, music therapist and bereavement counsellor.

What to expect

Contact me for an initial chat and to organise a consultation.  The consultation will usually comprise several meetings, so we can work together to determine whether psychodynamic psychotherapy is something that would be suitable for you. You can ask questions, experience how I work, and decide whether you feel comfortable working with me.

Treatment

I offer both open-ended and time-limited treatment. This can be discussed and agreed upon during the initial consultation or at any point during treatment.  Sessions last 50 minutes and take place once or twice weekly.

Fees

​The first consultation is free of charge. Typically I would charge £80 per session for ongoing work - but the precise fee structure can be discussed and agreed during the initial consultation and tailored to your circumstances.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the British Psychoanalytic Council and a member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists.  I have a Masters in Music Therapy.

​I work within strict guidelines for the profession, having regular supervision and professional development.

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.

BPC

British Psychoanalytic Council

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Psychoanalytic Council

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.

Therapies offered

  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

After an initial conversation on the telephone, I offer a consultation. This will usually comprise several meetings, so we can work together to determine whether psychodynamic psychotherapy is something that would be suitable for you.

The first consultation is free of charge. Typically I would charge £80 per session for ongoing work - but the precise fee structure can be discussed and agreed during the initial consultation and tailored to your circumstances.

Availability

I am available for sessions during the working week.

Further information

I am currently working online due to COVID 19 restrictions. I am offering sessions on Zoom and on the telephone.

When face to face working resumes I will be based in Bloomsbury, Central London.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Zoom
Emma Penketh MA BPC

Emma Penketh MA BPC