About me

I am aware of the courage needed to make the decision to seek psychotherapy, and how difficult it can be to choose an approach or a therapist. In recognition of this I offer a FREE HALF HOUR CONSULTATION. This is so that we can meet and discuss your difficulties and establish if the way I work might be of help to you. There is no obligation to continue into therapy after this meeting. Please do not hesitate to contact me on the phone or via email if you would like to discuss whether psychotherapy in general or the psychotherapy I offer might be helpful to you. You can view more details about the short-term psychotherapy I practice online at josephmishan.co.uk

Please note I no longer offer couple therapy

I provide a particular form of short-term individual psychotherapy to adults called Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). ISTDP has a good research evidence base showing it is effective across a wide range of symptoms and conditions including stress, anxiety, depression, general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, anger, trauma, and obsessional compulsive disorders.

In therapy, I invite the client to take an attentive and compassionate attitude toward themselves, their thoughts and their emotional states. Defences, past conflict, buried emotions, thoughts and impulses are revealed in this process so they can be experienced consciously. The symptoms which are the result of hidden emotions are then reduced or resolved.

For research evidence for the effectiveness of ISTDP please see the ISTDP UK website at www.istdp.org.uk.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a UKCP registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, trained with the London Centre for Psychotherapy (now the British Psychotherapy Foundation).

I subsequently trained in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). I am a founder member of ISTDP-UK.

I have twenty-six years experience as a psychotherapist in the NHS in the Barnet Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust in North London, working with severe and complex mental health difficulties.

I have a private practice in Bishops Stortford.

I have a long-term interest and experience with mindfulness meditation (vipassana)  and this also informs my work.


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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.

Accredited register membership

British Psychoanalytic Council

Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Bishops Stortford

Individual sessions: £65 per hour  (I usually offer 1.5 hour sessions but hour sessions are also available. I will discuss this with you.)

My fees reflect my specialist training in Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy, and my many years of experience. It is also reflects the fact that ISTDP is a short-term psychotherapy.

Please note I charge for missed or cancelled sessions unless I am given at least 2 working days notice

Further information

Please see my personal website for more detail on Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy josephmishan.co.uk

Please note I no longer offer couples therapy

Bishops Stortford

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

Types of client

Older adults


I have 26 years experience as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in the NHS in North London in the Enfield Barnet and Haringey NHS Trust during which time I was a senior supervisor for students doing psychology qualifications from London Universities (eg UEL), counsellors and psychotherapists in training (eg at Birkbeck, and the Tavistock) and junior doctors on the local NHS rotation.After my psychoanalytic psychotherapy training I trained in a form of brief dynamic psychotherapy called Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP).

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Joseph Mishan

Joseph Mishan