About me

I am a psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist, with many years of experience working both in the NHS and in private practice.

In private practice I welcome anyone who feels that psychotherapy may be of help, whether you are looking to have just a few sessions to think about a specific issue or situation, or would like to consider longer-term therapy. Depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, illness, bereavement, self-esteem, employment, life-changes, are just some of the reasons why you may want to try psychotherapy.

In my role as Consultant Psychotherapist and head of the Counselling and Psychotherapy Department at King's College Hospital, I was leading a team of psychotherapists offering psychodynamic psychotherapy for inpatients, outpatients and their relatives, and helping those who were battling with medical illness or injury and at times, facing death. Modern life often revolves around being able, healthy and mobile, and medical illness or physical injury, whether chronic or acute, curable or terminal, can have profound social and psychological impact. Working with these issues is an ongoing interest and one of my specialities.

In my experience, psychotherapy can help you make sense of what you are going through, face some difficult feelings and thoughts, feel less overwhelmed by your worries and fears, and make some choices and decisions. You may just need and want a few sessions to think about what is going on with you, or a longer time to be in therapy and explore present and past experiences.

Training, qualifications & experience

I studied for a PhD in Psychology at King's College London, and for a MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling at Greenwich University. I trained in Psychoanalytic Studies at the Tavistock Clinic and took courses in Assessment and in Supervision Skills with the British Association of Psychotherapists. I am BACP Accredited and UKRCP Registered.

My work experience includes:

Counsellor/Psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice (face-to-face and online)

Director of Psychotherapy for Healthcare Limited www.psychotherapyforhealthcare.co.uk

Consultant Psychotherapist, head of the Counselling and Psychotherapy Department, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist, King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry.

Lecturer in Counselling at Greenwich University

Lecturer in Psychology at Birkbeck College

Epilepsy Counsellor, The Epilepsy Centre at King's College Hospital

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Additional information

My fees are £90-£120 per session

Further information

I am a warm and reflective person, with a natural interest in people and their inner world. I combine intuitive understanding with my extensive knowledge and experience, and I strongly believe in the therapeutic power of a boundaried, empathic relationship, and in people's abilities to overcome sorrow, adversity and pain.

My private practice is based at Number 42, a private psychotherapy clinic near London Bridge. I offer counselling and psychotherapy and I also provide clinical supervision to qualified and trainee counsellor/psychotherapists.

42 Borough High Street

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I have many years of experience in supervising both trainee psychotherapists and qualified psychotherapists, working in the NHS, in other public settings and in private practice.

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Shiri Spector

Shiri Spector