ISTDP – UK provides a list of therapists for your convenience. We do not endorse any of the individuals listed nor do we make any judgement about the appropriateness of any therapist for your particular needs.

You should expect to gather your own information about the level of skill, interest and experience of the clinicians listed.

ISTDP – UK takes no responsibility for any decisions you make or for the outcome of any decisions.

ISTDP Therapists

The following are registered professionals in psychotherapy, counselling, clinical psychology and/or psychiatry. They have completed at least a 3-year core training in ISTDP.

Dr Sharon Lewis DClinPsych

Clinical Psychologist

Amersham, Buckinghamshire (Greater London)

Dr Sharon Lewis (2006 core group) is a chartered clinical psychologist, registered with the British Psychological Society and the Health and Care Professions Council. A director of ISTDP-UK, she currently works in private practice, providing psychotherapy for adults, with a focus on anxiety and depressive related difficulties as well as physical health conditions and chronic pain. She has published in the areas of childhood trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and treatment of anxiety disorders with ISTDP. Dr Lewis is an IEDTA and ISTDP-UK accredited trainer and supervisor in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy and runs ISTDP training programmes in London.


Email: [email protected]

Joseph Mishan BSc (Hons) RMN

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire

Joseph Mishan BSc (Hons) RMN (2006 core group) is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council since 1995. He is a senior practitioner in a NHS psychotherapy service in north London where he has worked for over 25 years. He has experience of work with individuals, couples and as a supervisor. He has a small private practice in Hertfordshire.

Email: [email protected]

Julie Beckett

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

Bristol & the South West

Julie (2014 CORE Group) is a UKCP registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a member of FIP. She completed her Core Training in ISTDP in 2017, and is now in her second year of advanced training. She runs a private practice in central Bristol.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 07597 776994

Dr James Louis

Consultant Psychiatrist

Essex, Hertfordshire & Greater London

Dr James Louis is a Consultant Psychiatrist who has worked in the NHS for more than 15 years. He completed his core training in ISTDP with Josette ten Have-de Labije and Dr Robert Neborsky. He is also a qualified practitioner of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.
He specialises in working with adults with a range of complex difficulties and is also endorsed by the General Medical Council in the treatment and management of mental health problems associated with physical health issues. He provides training, consultation, and supervision to mental health professionals including trainee psychiatrists based both within and outside of the UK.
Dr Louis is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is an Associate Trainer with ISTDP-UK and an Advanced Member the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association.

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Leo Russell

Clinical Psychologist, DClinPsych

Exeter – South West

Dr. Leo Russell is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the health professions council. He works for the NHS in community adult mental health. He is experienced in providing therapy for people who suffer from a wide range of emotional difficulties and has a special interest in medically unexplained symptoms. He has published in the areas of Eating Disorders, Bipolar Disorder and functional neurological symptoms.
Dr Russell is not currently taking on private referrals.

Email: [email protected]

Alexandra Knowles BSc (Hons)

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

Herefordshire, Gloucestershire,
Worcestershire and Monmouthshire.
‘Block’ sessions available in London

Alexandra Knowles BSc (Hons) (2006 core group) is a UKCP registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist through the Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association (UPCA) and an Honorary Member of FiP which she founded. She has been involved in the training & supervision of therapists and currently devotes her time to her ISTDP practice working with individuals & couples.

Email: [email protected]

Ofra Anker (MA)

UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Central London & Arkley, Hertfordshire

Ofra (MA) is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist and ISTDP Practitioner. She is a UKCP Listed Supervisor. She has over 25 years experience working as a psychotherapist with individuals and couples. In addition to her practice, her work included: nearly 20 years teaching, training and group facilitating in a private Psychotherapy School in North London. She was a member of UKCP Board of Directors for 3 years and a UKCP/HIPC Chair of Assessment Board for almost 10 years. She is currently running a private practice in Central London and once weekly in her home practice in Arkley, Hertfordshire.

Her overall practice approach could be summed up as “Tough Love”

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: +447799060748

Claire Alderton

Clinical Psychologist

London (Hackney)

Claire Alderton (2010 Core Group) is an HCPC and HPCSA registered Clinical Psychologist. She trained in ISTDP with Josette ten Have-de Labije and Robert Neborsky. She has worked in private practice since 1997, and as a senior practitioner in the NHS in London from 2007 to 2015. She now works in Hackney in full-time practice providing specialised psychological services (including assessment and treatment) to adults.

Email: [email protected]

Ainslie Baker

BPS Chartered Psychologist

UKCP & HCPC Registered Psychotherapist

Central London

Ainslie Baker is a chartered Counselling Psychologist and Psychotherapist, registered with the British Psychological Society, the Health and Care Professions Council, and the UK Council for Psychotherapy. He trained in ISTDP with Jon Frederickson in Washington DC (2010-2013.

Working in private practice in Central London since 2004, he is experienced in providing therapy for people who suffer from a wide range of emotional and relational difficulties.

Ainslie has also spent twenty years working globally as a leadership consultant and coach. Through this work, he supports senior people in the discovery of their greatest capacity to lead in complex, changing environments.

Email: [email protected]

Catherine Colley

Psychotherapist (MCs MBACP)

London (Camden Town, NW1)

Catherine Colley (2014 Core Group 5), MSc Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, is registered and accredited by the BACP. She has several years experience of working in an NHS Psychological Outpatients Dept and in a University Students’ Counselling Service. Catherine has experience working with people from the media and arts world who suffer from performance anxiety, creative blocks and self doubt. Her aim is to enable her clients to reach their full creative potential.

Catherine has further advanced training in ISTDP and runs a private practice in Central London providing brief and longer term therapy to adults.

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 07914955750

Monton Jienpetivate

Consultant Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol)

Central London

Monton (2010 CORE Group) is a Consultant Counselling Psychologist, working as a Clinical Lead for an NHS Trust in East London. He is registered as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist (BPS) and Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC). Monton has 20 years experience in mental health and has successfully worked with a wide range of psychological problems, He has a private practice in central London, offering ISTDP, time-limited and longer-term psychotherapy, including block sessions for ISTDP (e.g. 3 hours sessions with longer intervals as clinically appropriate).

Email: [email protected]

Em Farrell


London (Islington) and Buckinghamshire

Em is a member of The College of Psychoanalysts, and trained in ISTDP in the 2009 Core Group. She has worked as a psychotherapist for over 25 years, and has taught, supervised, written and given talks in this country and abroad. She loves using ISTDP to help people who want to change. She is an an interactive and quite feisty, but kind therapist.
[email protected]
0207 686 4059

Dr Rohan Naidoo

Clinical Psychologist

London (Central)

Dr Rohan Naidoo is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. He undertook a core training in ISTDP from 2012-14.  After working in the NHS for nine years, he began a private practice in Central London. He has experience treating a spectrum of emotion-related problems, especially depression and anxiety and areas of special interest include personal growth, identity & change, and the mind-body connection. Alongside clinical work, he teaches at the University of Nottingham with research interests in the question of personal identity.

Email: [email protected]

Dr Garret O’Moore

Chartered Counsellng Psychologist

Central London (W1W)

Dr Garret O’Moore (2015 CORE Group) is a Counselling Psychologist Chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC). He has worked in a variety of clinical settings in the NHS as well as in private clinics. In addition to his clinical work he acts as a visiting lecturer for the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at City University London.  Garret runs a private practice in Central London providing both brief and longer term therapy to adults.

Email: [email protected]

Dr Anthony Theuninck

Chartered Clinical Psychologist

London (South East, Crystal Palace & Bromley)

Dr Anthony Theuninck (2012 CORE Group) is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist in private practice and the NHS. He provides therapy to adults and couples and has experience in helping people gain relief from distress and symptoms in the short-term, as well as working towards long-term change. He has published research in the areas of trauma, discrimination, sexuality and chronic health problems. Anthony says: “I offer an authentic, caring focus using the ISTDP method to support my clients to reach an experiential as well as intellectual resolution to their difficulties. ISTDP offers a way of approaching mixed or conflicted aspects of human life with compassion to enable you to navigate your emotions and relationships and find your own authentic response.”

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07949313216

Hend Farza

UKCP registered Psychotherapeutic counsellor


Hend (2014 CORE Group 5) DSc (Paris), PGDip MSt Psychodynamic Practice (Oxf) is accredited by and registered with the UKCP and a member of the BACP.  She has several years experience of offering counselling in different settings, including the NHS Psychological Services and the University of Oxford students’ Counselling service. She runs her private practice in Oxford. As part of her development as an ISTDP practitioner, she is attending the ISTDP-UK Advanced trainings.

Email: [email protected]

Mimi Kester



Mimi Kester BA Hons, PGCE, Postgrad. Dip.Couns (2009 Core group) is a Senior Accredited Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has worked in the NHS in Primary and Secondary Care, for Thames Valley Police and at Oxford University as a counsellor for students. Mimi has further advanced training in ISTDP and is now in private practice in Oxford.

Email: [email protected]

Mrs Carisso Haine


Reading, Berkshire & London (Tuffnell Park)

Carisso Haine (2006 core group) is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, registered with UKCP. She has attended ISTDP training with Patricia Coughlin, John Frederickson and Robert Neborsky. She has been Chair of the Clinic and a Training Therapist at the London Centre for Psychotherapy and in private practice for 30 years. Carisso is a member of IEDTA (International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association). Carisso is interested in working with difficulties such as anxiety, depression and relationship problems pertaining to problems with intimacy. She is currently taking on private referrals.

Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 07977 307554

Currently undertaking ISTDP core training

The following practitioners are currently enrolled in a 3-year core training programme in ISTDP:

Joan Doherty


Aldershot, Hampshire

Joan is a psychotherapist, registered with the UKCP. She has been in ISTDP-UK Core training since September 2016. She has a background in education, mental health and social care and her specialist interest is in working with people with complex needs, underpinned often by learning emotional and/or physical difficulties. Joan is taking on private referrals.

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 07934 410211

Heather McCartney

Analytical Psychotherapist

Birmingham & Cheltenham

Heather McCartney is an Analytical Psychotherapist registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council with a practice in Cheltenham and Birmingham. For many years she has been involved as a training therapist, supervisor and teacher on a BPC qualifying training in Analytical Psychotherapy (WMIP). She has been in Core Training since 2018. Her commitment to ISTDP developed while exploring effective brief dynamic therapies.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07970 519894

Antony Malvasi

Counselling Psychologist

West London

Antony Malvasi has been in Core Training in ISTDP since November 2016. He is registered with the HCPC and British Psychological Society. His areas of interest include relationship and attachment issues; mood disorders and addiction. He is currently taking on private referrals.

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 07789694792

Anna Marcon


London (South)

Anna has been in Core Training since 2018 and has been a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Supervisor in private practice in South London since 2013.  She has worked as a psychotherapist in all areas of the education system from primary school up to university level, including setting up setting up new counselling services for both staff and pupils. Past experience also includes working in women’s specialist health (NHS), in the voluntary sector with GP and IAPT referrals and in the training of counselling students. Anna currently supervises counsellors working in private practice and the education system and occasionally provides group supervision and staff stress reduction training for organisations.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07847 096 333
Self Referral form:

Dr, David Priestley



David is registered with the British Psychological Society and has been in Core Training with ISTDP-UK since 2016.  He has a background in sports psychology and his area of particular interest is in high performance. He is able to take on a limited number of private referrals.

[email protected]

Dr Zuzana Winter

Chartered Clinical Psychologist

London (South) and Surrey

Dr Zuzana Winter (in core group training since 2018) is a chartered Clinical Psychologist, registered with the British Psychological Society and the Health and Care Professions Council. Her interest in ISTDP stemmed from her passion for continuously striving towards increased clinical effectiveness and improved outcomes for patients.

Dr Winter works in the NHS and privately in South London and Surrey. Her current NHS work entails working with children and adolescents who are at risk of suicide or serious self-injury. Here she offers individual, parental and group work, and clinical supervision. Privately, Dr Winter works with individuals who seek help for a number of difficulties. Dr Winter is currently taking on new ISTDP referrals.

Dr Javier Malda Castillo

Clinical Psychologist


Dr Javier Malda Castillo (2018 Core Group) is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the health and care professions council. He works for the NHS in community adult mental health, and in private practice offering treatment for a range of emotional difficulties. Dr Malda Castillo is currently taking on private referrals.
Email: [email protected]

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