Isabella Ryder: Psychodynamic Therapist, Pimlico, SW1V Battersea, SW8
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Isabella Ryder

Psychodynamic therapist
Pimlico SW1V , Battersea SW8
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About Me

Sometimes in our lives things feel "off" but we don't really know why. We might feel that we have most of the things we want on paper and yet the feeling doesn't go away. Too often it can feel like something we don't understand or can't control is preventing us from living the lives we truly want. 

I practice psychodynamic therapy which focuses on bringing unconscious patterns into conscious awareness. Throughout our lives we develop coping mechanisms and defences to protect the vulnerable parts of us and, over time, these become second nature. We internalise them so much that we are not fully aware of them or their impact on our lives. Often our distress is caused because these protective mechanisms are now not serving us in the way we would like. 

Together, my clients and I work to bring these coping mechanisms into conscious awareness and to create an environment where the defences can relax so that the parts that needed protecting can have a voice. This involves exploring family and relationship dynamics developed in childhood as this is where we learn the "rules" that we internalise and then take for granted later in life. 

In our weekly, 50 minute sessions we will explore whatever is on your mind, building up a picture of who you are and seeking to understand the wider connections. It is through exploring your mind with curiosity and care that we can begin to relieve your symptoms and move you towards the life you would like to live.

My work is informed by intersectional thinking, acknowledging how the messaging we have received from society can adversely affect our wellbeing. My work is affirmative of gender, sexuality and relationship diversity.

I am a fully qualified therapist and am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I regularly undertake further professional development training.

The most important thing about finding a therapist is finding someone who you feel you might be able to begin opening up to. If that sounds like something you would like to explore please send me an email and we can set up an initial consultation. You can also read more about what therapy is like with me on my website ( 

I wish you all the best with starting therapy.

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First Practice
6A Bessborough Place

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Second Practice
4 St Joseph Street

Issues often worked with

Attachment disorder
Childhood difficulties
Emotional abuse
Finding meaning
Gender diversity
Interpersonal relationships
Men's issues
Panic attacks
Sexuality and LGBTQ
Social anxiety

Types of therapy


Therapy offered

In person
By phone
On video

Client groups



My standard fee is £90 a session. I also offer flexible rates based on location, time of day and individual circumstances. I always discuss and agree the fee in the first session and keep fees under review to reflect changing circumstances.

Training and qualifications

Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Therapy in the Community, The Manor House Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BACP and BPC accredited training course)

Masters degree in Philosophy, University of Bristol

Undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford

Verified professional membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy