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Gillian Rathbone

Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4
Registered / Accredited
Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4

About me

I offer individual and group psychotherapy in Birstall, Leicester on the city/county boundary, 4 miles from Leicester city centre.

Why psychotherapy?

Most of us at some time struggle to cope with the demands life makes on us.  We may suffer from depression or anxiety, have difficulties in our relationships or just feel overwhelmed or dissatisfied.  We may find ourselves drinking too much or working longer and longer hours and have difficulty finding the right balance in our lives.  We may have experienced some kind of trauma from which we find it hard to move on.  If you are finding it hard to cope in these or other ways then you might want to consider psychotherapy to help you understand and begin to address what is troubling you.

I believe that we are shaped by our life experiences that can result in repetitive self-defeating patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving.  Only by allowing the time and space to think about and begin to understand the origins of these patterns can we hope to reach some acceptance and to explore other ways of being.  Psychotherapy offers a safe space and a supportive relationship in which it is possible to begin to do this difficult but rewarding work.  I use a psychodynamic approach which means that I work with my clients to try to reach a joint understanding of the meanings underlying their feelings and actions which were previously unconscious.

As a group analyst my work with individuals takes particular account of the relations of each person to his or her social environment both now and in the past, in his family of origin and within his or her culture.

As your psychotherapist I will give you my full attention and listen and try to understand with you your story and the impact of your life experiences, at your pace.  I will apply my knowledge and understanding in order to help you reach a greater acceptance and understanding of yourself in the hope of freeing you from whatever is holding you back from living your life to the full.

Group Analytic Psychotherapy

As well as individual psychotherapy I also offer the option of Group Analytic Psychotherapy. This is a talking therapy that offers individuals a way of understanding themselves and their relationships with others which they may use to bring about change in their lives.  In a group, patterns of behaviour shaped by early experiences may be seen, thought about and understood.  This may lead individuals to develop different ways of behaving and relating, both in and out of the group.

While many people are anxious about the idea of group therapy, it is well worth considering as it can be particularly helpful in addressing the difficulties we have in relationships with others and in helping us listen to others’ perspectives.  As social beings, our difficulties can often be understood as socially created and driven, so it makes sense to try to address these in the safer social microcosm of the group.

If you would like to find out more about Group Analytic Psychotherapy or would be interested in joining my group please contact me by email or telephone.

Training, qualifications & experience


I worked in the NHS for many years as a consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist and led a team providing psychotherapy services.   I am experienced in working with both individuals and groups, providing teaching and supervision to other practitioners, and consulting to teams involved in the care of individuals suffering severe personality disturbance.   I am particularly interested in the origins of shame and its impact on the developing personality, as well as the benefits of group psychotherapy in this area.

Qualifications and Accreditation

I am medically qualified (MB,BS) and was on the medical register for General Psychiatry and Internal Medicine although I have now retired from medical practice. I have a Masters degree (MSc) in Group Analytic Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Supervision from the Institute of Group Analysis.  I am a Member of the Institute of Group Analysis. I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and am bound by their ethical code and supervision requirements.

It was a requirement of my psychotherapy training to undergo my own personal psychotherapy. This, as well as the privilege of sharing others’ psychotherapy journeys, has confirmed my belief in the value of psychotherapy in helping people achieve greater self-knowledge and wisdom and be able to lead more fulfilling lives.

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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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

  • Group therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Individual £50 per 50 minute session

Group £35 per 90 minute session

Therapy usually takes place once weekly although some people benefit from twice weekly.

I may be able to offer reductions if needed dependent on individual circumstances.

Further information

Do get in touch with me by email if you want to find out more and I will get back to you as soon as I can.  If you are interested in meeting me to think about psychotherapy, I will arrange to see you as soon as possible to find out what you are looking for and to think with you about whether I might be able to help you.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Accessibility to my consulting room is limited due to stairs but I am mostly consulting via zoom or in the garden (weather permitting) at present


Currently no availability for individual clients but  space for new group clients - please see section on Group Analytic Psychotherapy below

Types of client

Older adults
Gillian Rathbone

Gillian Rathbone