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About me

I am an highly experienced Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in working with a range of issues, including anxiety and depression, in the NHS, Prison Service, education and private practice. My philosophy is progressive and focused on partnership working between therapist and client. I have an impressive track record of helping clients to overcome a range of emotional conflicts and fulfil their potential.

I am the founder of a therapeutic group set up to respond to the unique challenges and opportunities working in a city like London brings and to extend the access and the availability of Psychotherapy and other 'talking cures' to people who would not ordinarily use it. Approaching Psychotherapy in this progressive way not only extends availability but enriches and develops the discipline in a truly creative way.

Training, qualifications & experience


Honorary Forensic Psychotherapist - Portman Clinic London
Working with long term with people who suffer from problems arising from diliquent, criminal or violent behaviour.

Executive Member – Chair of the Ethics Committee - Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies

As an Executive Member and Chair of the Ethics Committee for IPSS I had responsibility for the running and development of the Institute with particular responsibility for matters relating to the professional ethics and conduct of members and staff.

Psychotherapist in Private Practice

  • Working successfully with issues around loss, anxiety, depression, family/relationship breakdown, obsessive behaviors and substance misuse.
  • Developing successful therapeutic relationships with a diverse range of clients from a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds and religious practices.
  • Developing a successful and growing business and a plan for the development of the business well into the future.
  • Providing guidance to training Psychotherapist through teaching on specialist areas of expertise.

Forensic Psychotherapist

Providing offense focused psychoanalytic psychotherapy to women in the prison system - working across other medical and theraputic services and interventions.

  • Developing a working alliance with clients in the more complex setting of the prison environment.
  • Providing a positive experience with some women in very desperate and extreme circumstances.
  • Developing the reputation of Psychotherapy and demonstrating the benefits of it to both the individual within the prison system and the prison service in general.
  • Developing my understanding of more severe mental health issues through working with the psychiatric services.
  • Preparing and proving court reports for sentencing and probation purposes.

Psychotherapist - NHS

I completed a two -year training placement within the NHS and have continued to work with the NHS to present date.

Training and Qualifications

MA Psychotherapy and Social Studies

Diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (UKCP Registered)

Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies London

UKCP Registered - 08160125

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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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.

Therapies offered

  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Additional information

Fees are charged between £50-£120 per session depending on ability to pay.
My charging mechanism takes account of the clients disposable income.


Days and Evenings

Rivington House
82 Great Eastern Street
East London

180 - 186 Kings Cross Road
Kings Cross

Type of session

In person
Michelle Hegarty MA, Dip Psych

Michelle Hegarty MA, Dip Psych