I am aware of the courage needed to make the decision to seek psychotherapy, and how difficult it can be to choose an approach or a therapist. In recognition of this I offer a FREE HALF HOUR CONSULTATION. This is so that we can meet and discuss your difficulties and establish if the way I work might be of help to you. There is no obligation to continue into therapy after this meeting. Also, please do not hesitate to contact me on the phone or via email if you would like to discuss whether psychotherapy in general or the psychotherapy I offer might be helpful to you. You can view more details about the short-term psychotherapy I practice at josephmishan.co.uk
I provide a particular form of short-term individual psychotherapy to adults called Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) . ISTDP has a good research evidence base showing it is effective across a wide range of symptoms and conditions including stress, anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, obsessional compulsive disorders and relationship difficulties.
In therapy, I invite the client to take an attentive and compassionate attitude toward themselves, their thoughts and their emotional states. Defences, past conflict, buried emotions, thoughts and impulses are revealed in this process so they can eventually be experienced consciously and resolved. For research evidence for the effectiveness of ISTDP please see the ISTDP UK website at www.istdp.org.uk.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, trained with the London Centre for Psychotherapy (now the British Psychotherapy Foundation), qualifying in 1995.
I subsequently trained in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). I am a founder member of ISTDP-UK.
I have twenty-six years experience as a psychotherapist in a in large NHS psychological therapies service London. I have now retired from the NHS and run a private practice in Bishops Stortford in Hertfordshire I have a long-term interest and experience with mindfulness meditation (vipassana) and this also informs my work.