Dr Javier Malda Castillo
I am a Clinical Psychologist, chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC; Registration Number: PYL35936). I am also an IEDTA accredited ISTDP psychotherapist as well as an accredited MBT supervisor by the Anna Freud Centre. I am the founder and director of ISTDP-North, the first company in the North West to deliver effective and evidence-based ISTDP interventions for individuals, groups and couples.
I have an extensive background and specialist clinical expertise in adult mental health difficulties. My approach to psychotherapy is ambitious, I seek not only to help you reduce your symptoms significantly but also to support you in having more fulfilling relationships and quality of life.
I currently work with adults experiencing a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties both in the NHS and in private practice. I have specialist training in working with people who experience different issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, obsessive thinking, panic attacks, bereavement, anger, eating disorders, interpersonal difficulties or low self-esteem among others.
I have specialised and accredited training in the following treatment methods:
- Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT)
I can provide therapy in English and Spanish.
Beginning of Therapy
(1) Telephone consultation
I offer an initial free 15 minute telephone consultation, in which you can briefly outline what you would like help with. This would allow us to decide whether is appropriate to arrange an initial assessment.
The initial assessment is longer, and can take up to three hours. This is usually divided in two different sessions. This would allow us time to get a comprehensive understanding of your difficulties, and design a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.
If we both agree to work together, we will arrange follow-up appointments, which would usually be at a mutually agreed consistent day and time. Depending on the therapeutic approach and your needs, sessions can last 50, 60 or 90 minutes.
Training, qualifications & experience
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psy.)
Lancaster University, UK
Masters in Health Psychology (MSc)
University College London (UCL), UK
Masters in Psychology & Mental Health (MSc)
University of Deusto, Spain
Undergraduate Degree in Psychology (BSc) University of Deusto, Spain
Specialist Therapy Training
Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) Core training: London, UK (3 years)
Itensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) Advanced Training: Berlin, J. Ten Have-De Labije
Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT),---Accredited Practitioner by Anna Freud Centre & British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) , London
Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT),---Accredited Supervisor by Anna Freud Centre & British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) , London
Group Analytic Psychotherapy, Foundation & Diploma Courses, Group Analysis North (GAN), Bolton (2 years)
D58 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust (2 years)
D59 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust (ongoing)
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £100.00 to £150.00
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
- I work with several insurance companies, who may be able to pay for your therapy (or assessments) if you are registered with them.
- For more details please visit my website www.istdpnorth.com
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday&Friday 5pm-9pm Wednesdays 7.00 am-8:30 am Saturdays & Sundays 9 am-1pm