Yvonne Coughlan

Yvonne Coughlan

PG AdvDipl, MSc, UKCP Registered

Counsellor and Psychotherapist for Adults

Online: Tuesday & Wednesday daytime

Fees: £65

Insurances Accepted: Vitality Health, Healix Health Services Ltd, AXA PPP healthcare, Aviva and Aethna Global Benefits

Introductory Statement:

I have been working as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist for over 14 years and have worked across the NHS, charity and private sector. I currently work in private practice in Reading and the City of London. The psychotherapeutic approach I offer enables clients to gain an enlightening understanding of themselves, enabling them to make fundamental changes to improve their lives and relationships. I offer a warm, friendly and thoughtful approach where clients can talk openly about their difficulties.


  • Master of Science in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies with University College London (1 year)
  • Post Graduate Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (4 years) with WPF Therapy Kensington (FPC)
  • Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling (1 year) with WPF Therapy Kensington, London
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with WPF Therapy, London
  • Certificate in Solution Focused Counselling with the Professional Development Institute
  • Certificate in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Certificate of specialised training in Critical Incident Response – A Multi-Systemic Resiliency
  • Foundation in Art Therapy with the British Association of Art Therapy
  • UKCP Registered and member of the Foundation of Psychotherapy and Counselling


I started my work as a psychotherapist with university students and young adults suffering from early trauma. I worked with these clients on a long-term basis ranging from several months to many years. Subsequent to my work in this area, I have gained extensive knowledge and experience of working with employees of all ages suffering from work related stress and/or issues in their personal lives. I work with clients both in the UK and globally across a variety sectors and levels of the business. I offer short term and long- term therapy; Short term therapy involves focusing on one issue or concern, whilst longer term therapy enables a client to look at a variety of issues.

What do I offer?

I predominately offer a psychodynamic approach which is particularly beneficial for those who have lost meaning in their lives or have difficulty forming or maintaining personal relationships. This approach can also be helpful with a wide variety of issues including:

  • Family Issues
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Sexual assault/abuse
  • Relationship issues
  • Work related stress
  • Critical Incident Debriefing

The aim of psychodynamic psychotherapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness. Through this process clients gain self- knowledge through self- reflection of their internal life and behaviour. This enables clients to become more self-aware and make conscious changes in their daily life to reduce their levels of distress.

Philosophy on Counselling and Psychotherapy:

As a psychodynamic therapist I draw on all analytic therapies, including Freud, Jung, Winnicott and Melanie Klein. Through this I enable clients to understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. Therapy is a space to bring what ever comes to mind within a warm and safe environment.

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