Janet McCarthy, Psychotherapist and Counsellor. UKCP (Accred) BPC FPC

Janet McCarthy,  Psychotherapist and Counsellor. UKCP (Accred) BPC FPC


11 Hyde Park House
Manfred Road
Putney London
SW15 2RS

07891 353 004

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About me

Are you overwhelmed, with thoughts that you will always feel the same, that life will never change, wondering which way to turn. Or perhaps you might feel unable to access your feelings - cut off from them as if they hold little meaning of importance at all. I am a counsellor/psychotherapist based in South West London working from two locations, Putney SW15 and Southfields SW18. I have extensive experience in many area’s of psychological distress that are likely to underlie these thoughts and feelings such as:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Panic disorder and phobias
  • Bereavements and loss
  • Divorce and redundancy
  • Lacking confidence, self-esteem or having feelings of underachievement
  • Finding it difficult sustain good relationships or repeatedly becoming involved in unsatisfactory or destructive relationships
  • Affairs and betrayals
  • Experiencing depression, sadness or emptiness
  • Unresolved difficulties from childhood or your more recent past
  • Difficulties relating to sexuality
  • Family and work related difficulties

If you are experiencing any of these emotional difficulties you might find psychotherapy helpful. I welcome all enquiries. Please contact me by using this email address, my website www.catherapy.net or alternatively call me on 07891 353 004. If I am unable to take your call, please leave a message. I will return your call as soon as I can.

Why therapy?

It is not uncommon for us to experience emotional difficulties in our lives, and for the most part it is in our nature to manage them without outside help. However, there are times when these experiences become too overwhelming, leaving us anguished, stuck and unable to move on.

We might feel ashamed, embarrassed and think that we should cope alone. But to seek out the self care needed to look after our psychological wellbeing is not only a brave step; it is also a very healthy one.

As your therapist my aim is to offer you a confidential, non-judgmental, creative space. I will not advise you, but I will listen to you carefully, encourage you to talk about whatever might be troubling you, and help you to find your own solutions.

My Approach:

I am a trained psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist.

This means that I work by linking past and present, conscious and unconscious thoughts, and repeated patterns, and behaviours that might lead to unhappiness and distress.

I also work with your dreams, which helps to reveal your creative and imaginative ways of thinking.

Working with these concepts, can lead you a deeper understanding of who you are, and of how you relate to others and to yourself; thus leading you towards to a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • WPF (Westminster Pastoral Foundation) Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. The Diploma is also endorsed by the University of Roehampton.
  • Former Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMHN) with specialist experience in addictions

As well as my private practice, I have worked as a therapist at WPF Therapy, in various mental health settings in the NHS and in GP surgeries. In addition I have training and considerable experience working in Groups, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Brief Solution Focused Therapy.

I have extensive experience in short term focused counselling and long term psychotherapy.

I am a member of the FPC (The Foundation of Psychotherapy and Counselling) and as a member I am committed to continual professional development, personal analysis and regular supervision. I am also a member of UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and the BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council) and I adhere to their code of ethics.

I welcome all enquiries. Please contact me by using this email address, my website www.catherapy.net or alternatively call me on 07891 353 004. If I am unable to take your call, please leave a message, time when I can ring you and I will return your call as soon as I can.

I have specialised experience with individuals in the following.

Relationship difficulties, which amongst others, can range from:

  • Relationships between parents, siblings, partners, children, family members and in-laws, and friends who can feel as though they are relatives.
  • Parenting, or making the choice not to be a parent, post natal depression, unplanned pregnancy, abortion, miscarriage, still birth and infertility.

It might seem on the surface that these are area’s in which we feel we should instinctively manage and know how to cope with. However, I believe, this is when we can unnecessarily criticize ourselves, see ourselves as unnatural, not good enough or experience feelings of anger. As result we can often feel locked in emotions such as of guilt, shame, bewilderment and, as mentioned before, anger. Together we can begin to explore and unpack these states of mind, with a view to finding an understanding to these difficult, delicate and sensitive issues.


You might find yourself beginning to seek comfort in:

  • Alcohol.
  • Drug misuse,
  • gambling
  • Overeating
  • Shopping
  • The use of the Internet.

On the other hand you might be in recovery from an addiction. Wherever you might be in this cycle of behaviour, together we can begin or continue to untangle these unhelpful, some times destructive impulses and explore their origins.

Member organisations

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What to do next.
Beginning therapy can sometimes feel like a daunting process. Therefore I offer a 20 minute telephone consultation without charge. This allows you tell me something of your current situation and find out how I can help.

I welcome all enquiries. Please contact me by using this email address, my website www.catherapy.net or alternatively call me on 07891 353 004. If I am unable to take your call, please leave a message, or email me with with a time that is convenient for me to call you back.

Initial consultation meeting.
After our first contact, if you would like to book an initial consultation meeting, we will set an agreed day and time. During this meeting we will explore your concerns further, your childhood, and what you would like to gain from therapy.

Ongoing sessions.
Once begun ongoing sessions are set aside on the same day and time for you each week. This is to ensure that there is a consistency and regularity throughout our work together


Initial consultation £65

Ongoing fees between £50 - £70.00. Minimum evening fees £65.00

I have a limited number of spaces for those on low incomes.

All meetings and sessions last for 50 minutes

Further information

I have written and given two presentations at the Psychotherapy of Addictions Conference:

1. Countertransference experiences with clients who have addictions.

2. "An inside job"; Psychodynamic approaches to substance misuse and recovery.

Where you can find me:

I work from two locations.
Putney, which is within a very short distance from Putney underground Station and Putney mainline station and Southfields which is within easy distance from Southfields underground, mainline station. Buses run frequently by both locations.

Maps & Directions

Southfields, SW18
Putney London, SW15 2RS

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I have availability early mornings, weekdays and evenings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults