Michael Parker, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Michael Parker

Woodstock OX20 English
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Michael Parker, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Michael Parker

Woodstock OX20 English
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My Approach

Therapeutic approach.

Having completed training with Dr Robin Skynner at the Institute of Group Analysis in 1995 as a Group Analyst (Clinical) my ongoing and continual CPD interest has taken the form of a four-year full psychoanalysis with a training analyst at the British Psychoanalytical Society followed by CPD involvement in further course work with David Bell's Development of Psychoanalytic Theory at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. My current CPD interest in addition to Group Analytic thinking is predominantly with the Melanie Klein trust and the Kleinian psychoanalytic approach and how this is understood in individual and group work.

I try to offer a careful, focussed, supportive but objective space for individual, couple or group therapy work in which there is time to understand and explore personal behaviour, relationship and emotional life and thinking where these may have become difficult. Therapy can be shorter or longer-term dependent on your own wishes or needs.

My approach includes an initial one or two meetings after first contact, depending on individual circumstances. In the consultation I would look with you into what has become difficult or what you might want to change in your life or what you may wish to understand or explore more fully about how you function emotionally and psychologically. The consultation would consider how any issues raised might contribute to problems persisting over time and how these might be approached. The initial meeting(s) would usually highlight what needs to be given focus in any therapy work undertaken and would form the basis for ongoing therapy in the future. My understanding is that work in therapy needs a sufficient aim and a focus in order to best bring about an improvement in what you have come to seek help with. Clarifying an aim and focus for therapy will form part of the initial meeting(s).

How long a period in therapy is needed in order to be effective tends to vary between people and may change as work in therapy progresses, but, typically clients may need or wish to remain in therapy from between six months to four years or more. This becomes clearer to you once therapy is underway.

Model of therapy offered.

The approach I use is psychoanalytically based, originating in my Group-Analytic training and experience in psychoanalysis. This model trains therapists to work individually and in group therapy in a psychoanalytically-based framework. Attention is paid to each client’s personal experience and what any presenting difficulty might be and is understood in relation to current thinking patterns, current relationship life, previous family relationship patterns and lastly to the wider social and community setting where this too may have been influential in shaping any difficulties. Understanding how these experiences have influenced each client, in combination, in their own particular way forms the basis for my work in a psychodynamic therapy.

I offer:

Short-term 10-16 session Focussed Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,
Longer-term once or twice-weekly Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,
Reflective Practice Staff Group Consultation and,
Clinical Supervision to Mental health and Associated Professionals.

Those I have experience of working with in the NHS and Privately over forty-years include clients who have had:

Mood disorders
Anxiety, Phobias and Obsessive-compulsive Disorders
Post Traumatic Stress disorder
Trauma reactions
Anger management
Physical, sexual and neglect-based abuses and the consequences of these experiences
Marital, couple and family difficulties
Non-addicted substance dependencies
Low self-esteem or sense of self-worth
Workplace anxiety and difficulty functioning in the workplace
Assertiveness and finding your own distinct voice apart from others
Parenting and boundaries with children
Identity confusion: what’s me - what’s you.

All my work in the NHS and privately has been undertaken using either short-term focussed or long-term individual psychodynamic psychotherapy or group analytic psychotherapy and is informed by mentalization-based therapy thinking for clients where there are difficulties maintaining a clear capacity to think when under emotional strain.

Diagnosis may not be the main guiding factor for a psychodynamic therapy but a wish to use a psychoanalytically-based model of therapy in which to think and explore a relational perspective on your life in more depth, including unconscious aspects of behaviour, if you wish to undertake this. Recognising that this approach might be useful can be a good guide in deciding whether to choose a psychodynamic form of therapy or not.

About Me

In the past I have held a variety of roles including:

Senior Practitioner Social Worker and Group Analyst, Henderson Hospital NHS Therapeutic Community, Sutton, Surrey, 1982-1995,
Deputy, Registered Manager with Social Services, then Acting Director, Greenwoods Therapeutic Community, Stock, Essex, 1995-1998,
Wing Therapist/Therapy Manager, HMP Grendon, 1998-2003 and 2006-2011,
Director of Therapy, HMP Send Women's Democratic Therapeutic Community, 2003-2006,
Principal Psychotherapist / Group Analyst, Oxfordhealth NHS Mental Health Care Trust, 2006-2011,

I have worked in private Experiential Group Work to Organisations since 1992.

From March 2010 I have offered private Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Reflective Practice Staff Group Consultation and Clinical Supervision face-to-face and recently on Zoom. Referrals can be taken from Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.

Professional Qualifications:

1980 MSc in Social Work Bedford College, University of London.

1995 M Inst. GA , Qualification as a Group Analyst and Psychotherapist with Dr Robyn Skynner, 1995. Full Membership of the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA).

2000 Qualification in Clinical Supervision with Dr Harold Behr and Mrs Liesel Hearst. Meets the criteria for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision with the BAPPS.

2002 MSt (Cantab) Applied Criminology and Management, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, UK.

2003 Appointment as Clinical Supervisor at the Institute of Group Analysis.

2014 Appointment as Training Group Analyst at the Institute of Group Analysis.

2006 Accepted as Clinical Supervisor with the UKCP.

2022 Accepted as Clinical Supervisor with the BAPPS.

This member has completed UKCP Covid-19 Online Working Guidance.

I work with

  • Couples
  • Groups
  • Individuals
  • Private healthcare referrals

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Group Analyst

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Relationships
  • Supervision

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy

Woodstock Office

Woodstock OX20

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Fee range is £105.-£120. for one and a half hour initial consultations and between £60. for twice-weekly therapy to £80. for couple therapy sixty-minute hours.


Some concessions considered depending on circumstances.

UKCP College

  • Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College (CPJAC)
Michael Parker

Michael Parker

Woodstock OX20

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