Phillip Birch BACP Accredited Psychodynamic Counsellor & Psychotherapist
I am a psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist offering long-term (open-ended) psychotherapy, or short-term psychotherapy with a focus (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy). The latter is one of the therapies recommended for depression in the NHS as an alternative to CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) or antidepressants. I have worked in the NHS and in private practice for 7 years. I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Areas of work
I have particular interest in working with people who suffer from depression, anxiety, have relationship issues or self-destructive habits, concerns about their gender or sexuality or body image, an abusive past or traumatic experiences, difficulties within their family, bereavement, or a general feeling of unhappiness about themselves and their lives that might be difficult to pinpoint.
About the therapy
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a form of talking therapy where I would work with you to help you understand your unconscious mind (the feelings, ideas and actions that might be troubling you which you don't understand) and how you feel and behave in relationships, which may be connected to your experiences in early childhood as well as those throughout life.
After an initial assessment session, if we agree that we want to work together, we would meet once a week on the same day and at the same time for fifty minute sessions. The sessions would take place at the same location, in my comfortable treatment room close to London Bridge. During the treatment we would think about how long the therapy should last and which areas we needed to focus on. Any information shared with me would remain confidential unless in exceptional circumstances (involving immediate risk).
I work according to the ethical guidelines laid out in the BACP:
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy from Birkbeck. I am a BPC-accredited Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy practitioner. I hold a BA in English Literature from Oxford University.
I have experience working with adult men and women of all ages, from different cultural backgrounds and of different persuasions in terms of their outlook on life, sexuality, religious faith, professional interests and political beliefs. I am experienced in working with people who have problems that may be difficult to talk about, problems in relationships, their family or the workplace.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My standard fee is £75 per hour, and I charge £100 for an initial 1 1/2 hour assessment. However, I also operate a sliding scale payment scheme for clients who have financial constraints.