Marilyn Gulland

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London, SW1W
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I practice Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP).  Using this model, we will work collaboratively to understand the source of the symptoms that cause you distress.  You will gain insights through this process that might otherwise be hard to access.  It is a process that can help you achieve deep and lasting changes in yourself beyond simply providing you with additional coping tools to manage your symptoms; tools that ultimately may only perpetuate your suffering.   

The work requires your active participation and commitment to yourself.  It is also supportive and rewarding, helping you to reach your own goals.  We will pay close attention to what occurs between us and within you, moment-by-moment.  Working together, we will address anxiety and learned habits in order to help you process underlying, buried emotions and emotional experiences that may be hindering your ability to live free of distressing symptoms and unsatisfying patterns of relating.    

The decision to start therapy can be challenging and you may have further questions about how I work and how we might work together.  I am happy to provide you with any information or answer any questions you have.  

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked with clients on a one-to-one basis for several years. 

I use an empirically proven model of therapy called Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.  I have undertaken 5 years of rigorous training in this method, and I am engaged in further advanced training in this model.  

In collaboration with you, I practice ISTDP to help address various symptoms including anxiety, depression, including long-term and treatment-resistant depression, chronic pain and other somatic conditions that may have emotional roots, medically unexplained symptoms, relationship difficulties, parent-enmeshment and performance anxiety.

I have a diploma in integrative therapeutic counselling, a certificate in counselling children, and a law degree from Durham University.  I have worked as a solicitor for many years in the City, so I also understand the challenges and demands of working in an intense and pressured environment.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with


Additional information

I offer a free, brief, informal phone chat before our first session during which you can ask me any questions you may have.

When I work

Daytime and evenings slots available.

Weekend block therapy available.

Further information

Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is an accelerated form of experiential psychotherapy which is practiced internationally, and which has a well-established and impressive evidence base.  ISTDP aims to bring rapid resolution to a wide range of psychological issues including depression and anxiety, and self-defeating behavioural and relational patterns by using techniques that enable the processing of emotional blockages and the experience of core emotions. By reaching through to the unconscious mind, ISTDP helps you create permanent change, including freedom from detrimental habits and self-defeating patterns.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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Marilyn Gulland
Marilyn Gulland