Dr Fiona Henderson Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Clinical Psychologist
+44 (0)7817 868 410
I am a highly experienced Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Chartered Clinical Psychologist with an extensive career in NHS psychological services. I trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London where I was a Consultant Psychotherapist for many years in adult and family teams. Based in Church Stretton, I have a private psychotherapy practice and also provide teaching and supervision to other therapeutic practitioners.
I offer psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults, young people and couples who are struggling with emotional and relationship difficulties. I work mainly in person but offer some online therapy combined with face-to-face sessions where possible. For people travelling a distance I offer a flexible approach to session times and frequency.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is an indepth process of exploration between you and a therapist to develop awareness of your inner world and its effect on relationships, work and recurring problems in life. Over time, the therapeutic relationship becomes an important context in which ongoing struggles can be revisited and thought about in a safe and supportive way.
We meet in a regular, reliable setting and you are invited to bring whatever is on your mind. Over time, we work together to build up an understanding of how complex life experiences may be affecting you in ways that are often hard to pin down. By getting to know the more hidden aspects of ourselves, and how we function in our relationships with others, psychoanalytic psychotherapy can help us reach a different perspective on our lives, which we can use to guide our decisions and choices.
I usually suggest coming for an initial consultation which can involve more than one meeting. This is an opportunity to think with me about your difficulties, what is currently going on, and whether or not psychotherapy would be a helpful way forward.
Supervision and Work Discussion
I also provide therapeutic and clinical supervision to counsellors, social workers and other care professionals; this can be in person, in groups, or online. My clinical supervision uses a psychoanalytic framework of theory and technique to think with therapists about their client work and about their clinical practice as a whole.
Therapeutic supervision is an opportunity to think, within a psychoanalytic frame, about the emotional impact of work with clients. This can deepen an understanding of the client's situation and improve the practitioner's wellbeing and enjoyment of their work.
I also provide consultation to teams and organisations who are faced with insecurity and change as a result of internal pressures and the wider professional context.
I have particular interest and expertise in the following areas:
- Assessment for psychotherapy
- Impasses and setbacks in therapy
- Working with transference dynamics
- Parent - infant psychotherapy
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with a 25 year career in NHS mental health and psychotherapy services. I have also worked as an adult psychotherapist in New Zealand.
My higher education was in Edinburgh and London and I trained in Clinical Psychology at University College London. My psychotherapy training was at the Tavistock Clinic where I was a consultant clinician for many years in adult and family teams.
I have worked in all areas of mental health services including inpatient wards, community teams and GP practices and have considerable experience as an expert witness in the family court. I hold a doctorate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and teach and supervise practitioners in health and social care. Having published in academic journals and textbooks, I am involved in continuing professional training of social workers and counsellors.
Working with wide ranging emotional difficulties, I am particularly interested in the helpfulness of listening beneath the surface of conversations to shed light on thoughts, feelings and perceptions of which we are usually unaware. It can be very beneficial to put words to things previously unthought, or unsaid, in the context of a secure and supportive relationship with a therapist.
Further information about Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy can be found via this link:
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Childhood bereavement
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Fee for individual psychotherapy is £50 - £65 per session according to personal circumstances and frequency of sessions.
Fee negotiated according to circumstances and is usually in the region of £70.
Fee negotiated with the practitioner on enquiry.
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
- British Psychological Society (BPS) - Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow
- Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists (TSP)
- Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings (APPCIOS)
I abide by the professional codes of ethics and confidentiality of these organisations to ensure that appropriate standards of conduct and data protection are followed.
Full, enhanced clearance with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
My practice room is in Church Stretton and there is ample parking nearby.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Supervision and Work Discussion.