Dr Fiona Henderson Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist; Clinical Psychologist
Highly experienced Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Chartered Clinical Psychologist with a wide-ranging career in NHS mental health services in London, Edinburgh and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. I trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London where I was a Consultant Psychotherapist for many years in adult and family teams. I now run a private psychotherapy practice in Church Stretton and also provide teaching and supervision to other practitioners.
I offer psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults and young people who are struggling with emotional and relationship difficulties. I work mainly in person but occasionally offer online therapy combined with face-to-face sessions. Most of my work is once-weekly, open-ended psychotherapy however I do offer some focussed, shorter-term contracts.
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 consultations for psychotherapy
- Impasses and setbacks in therapy
- Working with transference dynamics
- Parent - infant psychotherapy
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and BPC Registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with a 25 year career in NHS mental health and psychotherapy services mainly in London. I have also worked as an adult psychotherapist in New Zealand.
I trained originally in Clinical Psychology at University College London. My later training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy was in-post at the Tavistock Clinic, London 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. I regularly publish in academic journals and textbooks and I provide continuing professional training for 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 often 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
Fee for individual psychotherapy is £60.00 per 50 minute session.
Negotiable 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).
I work in the middle of Church Stretton which has good rail and bus links and plenty car parking nearby.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesdays, Wednesdays pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Supervision and Work Discussion.