Gillian Valerie Rathbone


Gillian Valerie Rathbone


About Me

I work with individuals and groups in private practice in Leicester. As a Group Analyst my work with individuals takes particular account of the relations of each person to his or her social environment both now and in the past, in his or her family of origin and within his or her culture.
I believe that we are shaped by our life experiences that can result in repetitive self-defeating patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. Only by allowing the time and space to think about and begin to understand the origins of these patterns can we hope to reach some acceptance and to explore other ways of being. Psychotherapy offers a safe space and a supportive relationship in which it is possible to begin to do this difficult but rewarding work. I use a psychodynamic approach which means that I work with my clients to try to reach a joint understanding of the meanings underlying their feelings and actions which were previously unconscious.
I worked in the NHS for many years as a consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist and led a team providing psychotherapy services. I am experienced in working with individuals and groups, providing teaching and supervision to other practitioners, and consulting to teams involved in the care of individuals suffering severe personality disturbance. I am particularly interested in the origins of shame and its impact on the developing personality, as well as the benefits of group psychotherapy in this area.

I work with

  • Groups
  • Individuals

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Group Analyst

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Age-related Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Health-related Issues
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Parents
  • Relationships
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Supervision

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term



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UKCP College

  • Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College (CPJAC)

Gillian Valerie Rathbone