About me

By now you might have had several unsuccessful therapies.  You might have achieved some cognitive understanding about the sources of your depression, anxiety, pain and suffering, or you might have learned ways of managing your symptoms.  You might even have experienced small changes.  However, these did not last or remove your pain and suffering. 

The way that I work is different. 

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 providing you with additional coping tools to manage your symptoms; tools that ultimately only perpetuate your suffering.   

The work is challenging and requires your active participation and commitment to yourself.  But 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, most recently with students at a London Conservatoire and in private practice. 

I use an empirically proven model of therapy called Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.  I have undertaken 3 years of rigorous training in this method, and I am engaged in further advanced training in this model.  

I use ISTDP to help address various symptoms including anxiety, long-term and treatment-resistant depression and relationship difficulties.  I have particular interest in performance anxiety and medically unexplained symptoms and suffering.

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 understand the challenges and demands of working in an intense and pressured environment.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.


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.


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

Older adults

Online platforms

Marilyn Gulland

Marilyn Gulland