Judith ChamberlainPsychodynamic psychotherapist
I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice in the City.
I trained at WPF Therapy, London SE1, one of the leading institutions for academic and clinical training in psychotherapy in the UK. I hold a postgraduate diploma and an MA in psychodynamic psychotherapy. I have also had training in forensic psychotherapy at the Portman Clinic and training in working with trauma and in working with couples at the Tavistock Clinic.
In addition to seeing clients at WPF Therapy for several years, I have been a counsellor in an NHS GP surgery in London, in a primary healthcare setting in a London prison and at the Maudsley Hospital Perinatal Service for mothers and infants. I am on the teaching staff at WPF Therapy working on issues of diversity and as a senior tutor.
I have worked with a diverse patient group who suffer with a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety, bereavement, ante and postnatal depression and anxiety, stress, addictions (alcohol, porn, drugs etc), trauma and the emotional effects from abuse.
I am a registered member of the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy), the FPC (Foundation for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and an affiliated member of the BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council). I adhere to the professional code of ethics set out by these organisations.
Psychotherapy is open-ended work. The focus is on developing insight into the foundation of the problems and pain that are troubling you.
Counselling will tend to focus on behaviour, thoughts and feelings around a particular event or difficulty in someone’s life. The sessions will be quite structured and typically span 12 to 16 weeks, sometimes a little longer.
It is often the case that whilst someone may start short term, or starts by asking for counselling, it becomes apparent that longer term psychotherapy is what will ultimately be of benefit. Ending the work is always something that is carefully considered and discussed.
Effective psychotherapy and counselling depend on many things, but especially on the client feeling safe with the therapist. Feeling safe involves knowing and trusting that your thoughts and feelings are being heard and kept in confidence.
That is why I suggest that we meet initially for an assessment for us to discover whether we can work together. The assessment can be over one or two fifty minute sessions, or one session of up to two hours. After that we can discuss our thoughts about working together.
I adhere to strict professional guidelines regarding confidentiality and ethics, of course, but it is important that you feel as comfortable as possible talking to me. If we begin working together, we agree a time when we will meet on a weekly basis, and that time will always be kept for you whilst we work together. This is an important part of the work. If sessions are cancelled for emergencies or an agreed holiday, they will not be charged. If sessions clash with work commitments I will endeavour to offer an alternative and if that is not possible the session will be charged for.
Issues often worked with
My fee for an initial consultation is £60.
After that we will discuss the fee which will depend on the timing of the appointment, but it will be between £60 and £75. I have a couple of slots where I can see those on a low income who may pay slightly less.
As is usual in psychotherapy and counselling, I charge for missed sessions, but allow up to two sessions per year unpaid holiday.
Training and qualifications
BA Hons and PGCE
Certificate in Counselling
Postgraduate diploma in psychodynamic psychotherapy
MA in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy