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About me

I am a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council, and work with people from all backgrounds either struggling with their intimate, family, social, or professional life, or troubled with loss, past experiences, or trauma, or with those curious to know more about their internal world.

Psychological pain may manifest in recurrent psychological symptoms like anxiety, depression, relational difficulties, self-hatred and self-sabotage, PTSD or in a general sense of discomfort, emptiness, loneliness and disconnection. Sometimes life situations become increasingly difficult and it is important to recognise the need for help and how beneficial it could be to make sense of one's problems.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is exploratory and non-judgemental, based on clinical evidence that psychological symptoms originate from deeper emotional sufferance and conflicts. It differs from other forms of psychotherapy or counselling in its emphasis on the importance of unconscious experience. Understanding the roots of problems and working them through in the therapeutic relationship help to relieve the symptoms, to feel more present and have a deeper and more meaningful relationship to oneself and to others. In the process, one can also discover new strengths and abilities that were previously unknown and increase the capacity to tolerate difficult feelings and experiences in life. 

If you would like to know more about psychoanalytic psychotherapy and to discuss your problem, you are welcome to contact me for an initial consultation. If you decide to start therapy, we will discuss its frame, including the frequency of sessions, fees, and policy around breaks. 

My consulting room is located in a quiet area one mile and a half outside the busy centre of Durham, with easy access by car and bus. 

If you would like to read about Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, you can have a look at the British Psychoanalytic Council website at:  https://www.bpc.org.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

I work in private practice and I am also Adult Psychotherapist at TEWV NHS Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Department. I am a part time lecturer at the University of Exeter, and teach in the research and clinical trainings programmes in Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. I also offer brief psychotherapy to medical doctors via NHS Practitioner Health. 

I trained with the North of England Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists, a member organisation of the British Psychoanalytic Council. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is one of the most rigorous trainings in psychotherapy, equivalent to post-doctoral level. It lasts between four to eight years and involves supervised clinical intensive work, weekly seminars, and undergoing a demanding personal analysis with regular four/five sessions weekly for the duration of the training. 

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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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£65.00 per session

Additional information

Occasionally low fees vacancies for intensive therapy (more than one single weekly session) become available, and you are welcomed to inquire if interested. 

Sessions are 50minutes long.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

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Dr Margherita Margiotti

Dr Margherita Margiotti