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Psychotherapy

M.A. Psychology (Wright Institute, Berkeley)

M.A. Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Tavistock Centre, London)

MBACP (Member of the British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling)

Hello. I am sorry if you are reading this because you or maybe someone you know is suffering emotional or psychological pain right now. I am glad that you are looking for some help and are considering therapy.

First, I need to say that if you want a therapist who has never made mistakes in their own lives then I am not the therapist for you. I’ve messed up, suffered and (hopefully!) learnt my lessons. That’s what life is about.

Over the years I have helped many people recover from depression, crippling anxiety and addictions. I have helped people gain in self esteem, have better relationships and find happiness and success in the world.

If you are suffering right now come and see me to see if I can help. I only practice part-time and my practice is usually full but even if it is I will be able to help you find the right sort of support, and hopefully set you off on the road to recovery.

If you want to arrange an appointment use the contact details on the right.

P.S. My book “Life Support: A Survival guide for the Modern Soul” (Published by Hay House in 2009) gives a real sense of how I practice psychotherapy. If you are interested in coming to see me for an initial consultation but want to know more I would recommend taking a look at it. You can buy it here.

You might also like to take a look at the Depression Workbook that a colleague and I wrote for Psychologies magazine, and for which we won the MIND Journalist of the Year Award in 2007.

You might also like to see a short video about stress that I made with the Samaritans.

Statement from the British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling (BACP) about my qualifications:

“Derek Draper has the following qualifications: An M.A. in Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley (2004) and a second M.A. in the Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Tavistock Centre, London / Essex University (2009). The former was the result of three years full time study, the latter of two years of part-time study. As part of his first M.A. he undertook an extensive clinical training, undertaking over 1500 hours of supervised clinical work with different client populations and therapeutic modalities.”

If you don’t feel I’m the right therapist for you I would especially recommend contacting the Centre for Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (CAPP), whose members practice therapy in a way similar to me, and who may be able to help find a therapist near you www.attachment.org.uk

Also, there are five main representative bodies for therapy in the UK. Each of them can help you find a therapist in your area:

• British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) [www.bacp.co.uk]
• British Confederation of Psychotherapists (BCP) [www.bcp.org.uk]
• United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) [www.psychotherapy.org.uk]
• British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies [www.babcp.com]
• British Psychological Society [www.bps.org.uk]

Finally, your GP should also be able to help you find an NHS therapist or counsellor although this provision is sadly inadequate in many places.

(If you are unsure about psychotherapy here is A useful briefing on psychotherapy from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.)

If you are feeling suicidal, please seek help now. The Samaritans [www.samaritans.org.uk] can be contacted on 08457 90 90 90 or by emailing jo@samaritans.org.uk . You also may find this site helpful www.metanoia.org/suicide.

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