Nicola Kerr (BPC, FPC)
I am an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist (PGDip), having trained at Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF Therapy) which is one of the UK's leading academic and clinical institutions for counselling and psychotherapy; validated by Roehampton University.
I am a professional member of The British Psychoanalytic Council, and I'm also registered with The Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC), and therefore I adhere to their code of ethics and working practice.
Alongside my private practice I work as an accredited Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) psychotherapist with the IAPT High Intensity team at Talking Therapies Southwark, within South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Trust.
I offer two types of therapy.
Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) of 16 sessions, where we would look at relational patterns that stem from that past, which get repeated in the present. This is a more structured approach within a reflective framework.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy, which is a reflective approach that aims to address psychological issues at a deeper level. There are no set amount of sessions.
What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?
My approach to psychotherapy is from the psychodynamic perspective. This has its roots in psychoanalysis (Freud et. al), where experiences from the past may influence your present life. Through these past experiences, patterns and ways of relating may have been formed. These patterns have often been developed unknowingly. I aim to facilitate a judgement free and safe environment, for us to think and work collaboratively, to identify and understand some of these patterns and feelings, so as to gain a fuller understanding of what may be going on for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Psychodynamic Theory & Practice, and I am a Member of both the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and The Foundation for Psychotherapy & Counselling (FPC).
I support adults in the London area with issues such as anger, anxiety, depression, self-harm, relationship issues and sexual abuse or trauma, grief or loss, narcissistic personality disorder and work and career related issues. I provide an individually selected form of psychodynamic therapy dependant on patient need, and I have a specialist training in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT).
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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees: My fee is £75 per session. The length of the therapy is discussed together as we proceed.
Therapy session: Each session runs for 50 minutes at the same weekly time.
Why come to therapy?
You may be feeling down, fed-up, depressed or anxious – or you may just feel a general lack of lust for life. Whatever it is that's currently troubling you, if it has reached the point at which it's affecting the quality of your daily life, therapy could be the first step to understanding what's going on for you and why.
Coming to therapy can be an emotional 'journey' which is not always easy, however it is also an opportunity for change, which could be the beginning of living your life differently.