Jan McHugh

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Beckenham, Greater London, BR3
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About me

Jan McHugh BA(Hons), PGDip (Psychodynamic Theory & Practice)

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 on your mind. Her task is to work with you to understand together something of what gets in your way, paying particular attention to patterns of experience or thinking which may previously have remained unconscious. This may 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.

In context of COVID-19 and other health concerns:

In exceptional circumstances, I may be able to offer consultations within secure online platforms and / or on the phone, by agreement.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

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

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British Psychoanalytic Council

Other 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


Free initial telephone session

Additional information

An exploratory phone conversation (for which there is no charge) may lead to our deciding to schedule a preliminary assessment over one or two meetings in person, for which there is a single flat rate charge of £70.  These will help us understand more about you and your concerns, and to decide whether an arrangement for ongoing work together feels the appropriate next step.  Fees for ongoing work are agreed during these discussions, taking into account your income and overall circumstances, and typically fall in the range £50-90 per 50 minute session for once or twice weekly psychotherapy.   Reductions may be agreed in circumstances of need.

Further information

I offer psychotherapy once and twice weekly to individuals wishing to work in a psychodynamic, psychoanalytically-informed setting.

I also offer Systems-Psychodynamic Consultancy (Tavistock model) predominantly to individuals seeking role consultancy and supervision in team- and organisation-based leadership roles.

Please indicate clearly which service you wish to discuss with me.

Beckenham, Greater London, BR3

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Consulting rooms at 10WW are not currently accessible (there are a number of steps leading to the front entrance).