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Judith Smith. Psychodynamic Psychotherapist registered with BPC.

Sunderland, SR6
07541 330814 07541 330814 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am an experienced Psychodynamic Psychotherapist registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).  Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a longer term treatment which helps you to increase your awareness of your unconscious inner world and the impact this has on your past and current relationships.  Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is an analytic and developmental model which aims for deep seated and lasting change in emotional stability and wellbeing and promotes deeper satisfaction and meaning in all aspects of interactional life.

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I currently work both privately and in the NHS as an Adult Psychotherapist in Newcastle and Sunderland.  I am a clinical member of The North of England Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (NEAPP) and I am an active member of the NEAPP ethics committee.  I am also the custodian of the NEAPP library of analytic theory and literature.

I offer supervision to medical trainees and trainees in counselling.  I teach analytic theory on NEAPP delivered courses, specifically in phases in childhood and adolescence and early adulthood.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have over thirty years experience working in mental health in the NHS.  Prior to qualifying as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist I was a registered mental nurse (RMN) and I have experience working with all aspects of mental health including Anxiety, Depression, drug and alcohol addiction and Psychosis.  I worked for many years in the Early Intervention in Psychosis service with young people experiencing first episode psychosis and I have extensive experience working with young people with distressing psychological difficulties.

I completed a Diploma in Psychotherapy with the Tavistock and Portman clinic in London then I went on to complete the qualifying course in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with The North of England Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (NEAPP). I have also completed a Foundation course in Group Analysis.

My particular areas of expertise and interest are working with adult survivors of childhood trauma, working with young people with developmental difficulties (self-harm, problems with body image, failure to progress through transitional periods), and adults with difficulties in emotional wellbeing and relationships.

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.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

As I offer an analytical approach I work with any adult wishing to understand themselves in order to facilitate change. I advise anyone considering undergoing a Psychotherapy with me to research this as it is different to counselling and counselling psychotherapy. Information is offered on the BPC website and on the Internet.

Therapies offered

  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy


£50.00 per session.

Further information

I believe that everyone deserves the right to good mental health and a satisfying emotional life regardless of their individual circumstances. I am the only Psychodynamic Psychotherapist working in Sunderland registered with the BPC.  Because of my long service in mental health in the NHS in Sunderland I have a good understanding of the nature and impact of life in this area and I regularly campaign to local and central government for improvements to our green spaces and the provision of mental health services in Sunderland.


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


I have availability from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm Monday to Friday.

Please contact me by email or telephone to arrange an appointment.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Judith Smith. Psychodynamic Psychotherapist registered with BPC.

Judith Smith. Psychodynamic Psychotherapist registered with BPC.