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About me

I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist with a private practice in West London.

Contacting a psychotherapist or counsellor can feel daunting, but it may be one of the most rewarding things you can do.

Psychotherapy can help if you are finding life a struggle; finding life meaningless or your relationships empty. Maybe you have suffered a bereavement or feel constantly sad or anxious; feel out of control or worrying about everything. Perhaps I can help.

It is important to find a therapist you feel you can trust, so you can talk openly about how you feel. Our first session will give you the time and space to decide if you would like us to work together. If we agree to continue we would meet every week at the same time for 50 minutes.

I am experienced in both short-term work and in longer therapy seeing people either once or twice a week. I also supervise counsellors and psychotherapists who want to explore a psychodynamic perspective.  I practice confidentially and abide by my professional body's code of ethics.

My practice is a few minutes from Isleworth Station, with frequent trains from Waterloo, Putney, Hounslow, Twickenham, Staines and Chertsey. It is very near frequent buses from Richmond, Chiswick, Shepherd's Bush, Twickenham, Staines and Sunbury. It is a short walk from Osterley Tube Station on the Piccadilly Line. There are no parking restrictions if you wish to drive.

You can contact me by email or phone and I will get back to you as soon as I can. If, after talking together, it seems therapy may be helpful to you we can arrange to meet. This first meeting will help us both decide if therapy will be helpful to you. If we agree to work together we will then arrange to meet, either for a fixed period or for a longer time.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist with an MSc and a PGDip. I trained at WPF Therapy, whose rigorous training is accredited by BACP, UKCP and BPC. I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Supervision awarded by the Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP).

I am qualified to provide psychodynamic psychotherapy for both short-term work and for longer therapy, either once or twice a week.

I work with adults of all ages and have experience working with people with a wide range of difficulties, such a depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement and loss, relationship problems, work difficulties, long-term illness and spiritual distress.

I am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the Foundation of Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC) and abide by their ethical principles.

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.


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

British Psychoanalytic Council

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Long-term Illness
Life Limiting Illness

Therapies offered

  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy


I believe psychotherapy should be available to everyone who can benefit from it.  I operate a sliding scale of fees based on your income, within a range £30 - £70.  

I base my fee on 2% of your net income (after tax).  For instance, if you earn £2000 it will be £40; and if you earn £3000 it will be £60.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access



Types of client

Older adults


I believe supervision is an essential part of ethical counselling and psychotherapy, as it protects and enriches the work with clients.  I have supervisory experience with both short and long term therapy in a variety of settings.  I offer  supervision from a psychodynamic perspective, either weekly or fortnightly, to counsellors and psychotherapists working with adults in a variety of ways.

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Sheila McKinley  MSc, PGDip, BPC

Sheila McKinley MSc, PGDip, BPC