Muriel Walshe, PhD, Psychotherapist.

Muriel Walshe, PhD,  Psychotherapist.

St. Albans

07555 689957

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About me

I am a psychoanalytical psychotherapist with many years experience of working with people with a range of psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety and emotional difficulties brought on by relationship problems, bereavement, abuse or trauma. Sometimes big life changes such as parenthood, separation, divorce and career changes can catch us unawares and be more difficult to navigate than you might expect. I am committed to making a difference in the lives of the people I work with when facing the challenges life throws at us.Alongside my private practice, I have many years’ experience of working within the NHS as an honorary psychotherapist at the Psychotherapy Department, Maudsley Hospital London and Camden and Islington Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Service. I am trained in both brief and long term psychotherapy.

Brief Psychotherapy

I offer a 16 week  structured therapy for people struggling with anxiety and depression called Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT). The focus and emphasis of this therapy is on  relationships and helping people to understand the link between their low moods and the way they interact with others. The idea is that if you can understand how the patterns of relating you developed while growing up are affecting the way you behave around others in the present, and then learn how to deal with relationships more confidently, anxiety will lessen and emotional health improves. The aim of DIT is not to remove your problems, everyone has problems they need to deal with. The hope is that you will learn how to manage things better and in as you go forward, feel more confident about dealing with difficulties as they arise.

DIT is a relatively new therapy and growing in popularity. It is offered within the NHS and is one of the five therapies recommended for the treatment of depression in the Department of Health’s guide Which talking therapies for depression?

How will you know if DIT therapy is right for you?

Deciding the best therapy for you will require some thought and the initial session will help us with that. The brief therapy (DIT) is designed specifically with depression and anxiety in mind. If these symptoms are what brings you to the initial meeting then we can talk about it in more detail. You will be asked to fill in a questionnaire so we gauge the severity of your symptoms. DIT works best with the mild to moderate range of severity.

How to take things forward

If you are interested in arranging an initial consultation then please ring or email me and I will get back to you within 24 hours.

What happens at the first meeting?

The purpose of this first therapy session is to give us a chance to meet each other and get a sense of how we might work together. We will talk about what brings you to therapy and what you are hoping to resolve or achieve. You have an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about the different therapy options. At the end of this session you will hopefully have the information you need to help you decide what the next step is for you. It might be that you go on to schedule sessions for an open ended or brief therapy but sometimes a consultation can be enough in itself.

Private Medical Insurance Registers for Psychotherapy

I am a registered provider for a number of private medical insurers including: PruHealth, WPA, AXA PPP, Aviva, Vitality Health and BUPA. Please contact me for details.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Attachment Based Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy Training, The Bowlby Centre, London
  • PhD, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurology, King's College London

Recent Additional Training

  • Mentalizing Based Psychotherapy, Anna Freud Centre
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, Anna Freud Centre

Professional Accreditation and Membership

  • UKCP Accredited Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist
  • British Psychoanalytical Council (Accreditation for Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy)
  • Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Psychoanalysis
  • Forum for Independent Psychotherapists

NHS Experience

  • Honorary Psychotherapist, Camden Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Service, London
  • Honorary Psychotherapist, Psychotherapy Department, Maudsley Hospital, London

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

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Sessions are £65

All sessions are 50 minutes and take place weekly at the same time and day each week.

Further information

The consulting room is on the ground floor and there is free off street parking.

Maps & Directions

St. Albans, AL4

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Weekdays during the day.

Types of client