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About me

There are times in everyone’s life when we find ourselves in a difficult place emotionally. Things may be challenging at work. Or it may be that relationships with partners, family, friends and colleagues are not as nurturing, happy and satisfying as we long for them to be.

We might find that the same relationship patterns regularly repeat, resulting in feelings of confusion, powerlessness, loss and despair. Or perhaps you side-step relationships in an attempt to protect yourself from the painful and complex feelings that can be part and parcel of any relationship.

Therapy provides a neutral space in which to explore the deep feelings of depression, anxiety, fear, despair and worthlessness which might be damaging your quality of life today, and perhaps have been for a very long time.

As a psychodynamically trained therapist, my role is to help you recognise patterns of behaviour and long held assumptions (both conscious and unconscious) about yourself and others, which may be having a negative impact on your life now.

I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is central to gaining the insight that can, over time, bring relief from painful emotions. It can create the conditions where historic patterns of being and doing can be safely challenged and changed.

Each therapeutic relationship is unique. In respect of this, I offer open-ended therapy, to allow individuals the space they need to gain greater understanding of themselves and their relationships with others.

Sessions are usually once or twice weekly and last for fifty minutes.

My consulting room is conveniently placed: a ten minute walk from Colchester North Station, on regular bus routes, and with off street parking.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor with more than 13 years' experience.

I trained and worked as a counsellor at Chelmsford Counselling Foundation, gaining valuable experience in a wide range of areas.

I gained my psychotherapy qualification from WPF in London.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Additional information

The fee for sessions is £45.

Personal circumstances may be taken into account, as there are a few fee negotiable spaces available.


I can offer sessions most weekdays and evenings, as well as Saturday mornings.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Lesley Betteridge

Lesley Betteridge