About me

Jan McHugh BA(Hons), PGDip, FPC, UKCP, BPC

Psychotherapy offers a way of learning about ourselves, about what makes it difficult for us to live, providing insights which help us “live forward and understand backwards”. Therapy is a regular protected space each week in which you are invited to share with your therapist what is in your mind. Her task is to ‘be there’ — to stand alongside — to listen carefully to all that you bring and to work together with you to ‘see’ you, and understand together something of what gets in your way. This can help you reduce or remove obstacles to living.

What might we want at the end of psychotherapy?

“…to have a sense of self that you can stay with rather than run away from.”  (David Morgan, Psychoanalyst)

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling and Psychotherapy:

I qualified as a counsellor in 1981, completing a foundation programme at the Institute of Group Analysis shortly after. Further seminars followed including programmes at Philadelphia Association, Institute of Psychoanalysis, Tavistock Clinic and Squiggle Foundation (including an infant observation). Four years clinical practice and further study at WPF Therapy led to my gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and professional qualification as a psychodynamic psychotherapist.

Systems-Psychodynamic Consultancy:

I have practiced independently as a Systems-Psychodynamic Consultant (in the Tavistock tradition) for 30 years. During thirteen years at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust as a member of the “Consulting to Institutions Workshop” (led by Dr. Anton Obholzer), I became a Visiting Tutor on the Trust’s PG Diploma / MA programme “Consultation and the Organisation: Psychoanalytic Approaches." Later, I served on the Trust’s Council of Governors.

I have 40 years experience working for social change through individual and organisational learning, chiefly in the NHS, charities and public services addressing priorities in social exclusion, equalities and diversity, sexual and mental health, primary care, the arts, education.


I work as a psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice and have experience of working within an NHS service for women who have experienced sexual trauma and abuse in childhood.

I also welcome enquiries regarding consultation and supervision in relation to workplace roles (fees by request).  I am a Full Member of APPCIOS (The Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings), for whom I facilitate Reading Groups in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theory and practice for Senior Associate Members.

During COVID-19 restrictions:

I am able to offer consultations within secure online platforms, and on the phone by agreement.

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.


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.


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

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.

Areas of counselling I deal with

Whatever your concerns, do contact me for an initial discussion if you think I might be able to help.

Therapies offered

  • Psychodynamic therapy


Fees are agreed in discussion with you, taking into account your income with other financial and relevant circumstances.  Typically, fees for once-weekly psychotherapy fall within the range £45-75 per 50 minute session (reductions with increased frequency).  A preliminary consultation over one or two meetings (for which a single flat rate is charged) will help us understand more about you and your concerns, and to decide whether to agree further work together.

Silverwood Close

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
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

My consulting room is not wheelchair accessible (one step).

Types of client

Older adults
Jan McHugh

Jan McHugh