Mark AndersonPsychodynamic psychotherapist
About me and my therapy practice
I am a clinically trained psychodynamic psychotherapist, qualified to Master of Science (MSc) level through a constituent training body of the University of London.
Working in NHS primary care, through a London-based GP practice, for several years, I have helped patients from many backgrounds, nationalities, ethnicities, religions, genders, and sexual orientations with the internal, and often, unconscious conflicts that have negatively impacted their emotional and mental well-being and that prevented them from living their everyday life to the fullest.
Though I still work in the NHS in an honorary capacity, offering psychotherapy on a pro bono basis, I also run a private practice, based near Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. I work with adults in person (when COVID restrictions allow) and online across Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, although I am open to working remotely with those who live further afield.
I have an up-to-date enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate, which I am happy to provide if you wish. I have regular clinical supervision with a BAPPS certified psychotherapist, and I attend continuing professional development (CPD) courses to the required level.
An overview of how I work
Psychodynamic psychotherapy explores the capacity for a person’s unconscious to negatively impact conscious, everyday thoughts, emotions, and behaviour. What is understood, however, is that they don’t quite feel themselves, out of control, or that something indescribable is worrying them.
Together, we’ll focus on the inner conflict preventing you from functioning. Sometimes, conflictive thoughts and feelings are connected to the present; often, they have their origin in our childhood experiences, our attachments, and the things we have come to believe about ourselves.
For example, if you’ve ever severely procrastinated to the point that you got nothing done, you would be forgiven for thinking that you’re lazy, or unmotivated, or simply incapable of the task at hand. However, psychotherapists have long understood that procrastination can be a coping strategy against such things as the fear of failure, of rejection, and between the present self and the future self*. To break such punitive thinking, the psychodynamic approach is to explore the past and discover where such beliefs began.
By gently exploring and bringing repressed emotions, avoided thoughts and ideas, and repeated patterns of behaviour into the conscious, we can hopefully identify the ‘interference’ in your feeling and thinking. And then, what you would like to do about it, if anything. As a modality, psychodynamic psychotherapy is non-directive, so my role is not to tell you what to do, but instead, I can help you feel more focused and in control of your emotional and mental well-being, understand how you relate to others and they to you, and so, allow you to make better choices.
* Reference: Pychyl, T. & Sirois, F. M. (2016). Chapter 8. Procrastination, Emotion Regulation and Well-Being, pp.163-188. United Kingdom: Academic Press (Elsevier)
Issues often worked with
Sessions are 50-minutes in duration and cost £50. The first two sessions act as an extended assessment, in which we explore the issues of concern, your current situation, and when comfortable to do so, your past. If we agree to proceed beyond these sessions, the therapy will continue on a weekly basis, at the same time and in the same place.
I currently have availability from Monday to Thursday at various times between 8am to 8pm. If you need an earlier appointment, due to work or other commitments, please do ask as I may be able to accommodate. I have limited availability on a Friday, but do speak with me if this is the only day free for you since I may be able to accommodate your needs.
Training and qualifications
- Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy – Master of Science (MSc); Birkbeck, University of London
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Organisational Dynamics – Cert HE; Birkbeck, University of London
- Clinical Assessment Skills – Certificate; WPF