Psychodynamic Therapist

From my private practice in the Mendips, Somerset
I offer in-person or remote counselling and therapy
to adults from many diverse and different
cultures & backgrounds.

Psychodynamic therapy explores in depth the roots
of our presenting problems and seeks
a richer way of working through them towards
a wiser understanding of self and purpose.

I do not currently have any spaces free until September 2022  
Please feel free to get in touch if you are interested and I will contact you in September.  

Psychodynamic Counselling & Therapy for Adults in Somerset UK and Internationally 

Many people have very complex situations, experiences and ways of thinking. Sometimes things become more pressing : struggles repeat themselves, or challenges seem insurmountable.

Embarking on counselling or therapy is such an important decision. It can feel daunting to begin but it's often the catalyst for real and meaningful changes and the beginning of an enriching journey.

I practice from psychodynamic/psychoanalytic and Jungian analytical psychology perspectives, with the aim to help you navigate through difficult and intricate terrain towards a lasting sense of understanding, personal resilience, autonomy and healthy relationships.

I work with individual adults and couples and accept clients from any geographic location in the UK and sometimes, internationally. Sessions are held in person at my calm consulting rooms in Somerset, or, where appropriate, remotely, by phone or online.
Covid safety policies are in place in my consulting rooms.

I am a professionally trained and a registered member of The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) & The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and uphold their rigorous framework of professional and ethical guidelines.

You are most welcome to get in touch in confidence.  
How I work
How to proceed
Once you get in touch I aim to respond within 24 hours Mon - Thurs.
Where possible I will arrange a free short phone call as an introduction and to clarify practicalities and the process.

Initial consultations 
Having spoken we might then decide to book two (but sometimes more) assessment sessions. These are appointments of 50 mins each, payable in advance. They give us both the opportunity to assess whether working together feels right, and whether psychodynamic counselling or therapy would suit you.

About Ongoing therapy

  • Sessions are regular and confidential,  minimum once weekly (on the same day and time)
  • Sessions are 50 minutes each.  Couples may sometimes arrange to have longer.
  • I mostly work long term (ongoing) but will consider shorter term/time limited where necessary
Your sessions will be an important commitment to something which so often gets lost or pushed aside in today's busy world.
Regular sessions give us time and space, without intrusion, to tend to what matters most to you in your life.
It can be challenging, sometimes frightening or painful to confront wounds, disturbing events or look deeply into who we are. I offer a confidential welcoming space, set aside from external demands, in which to explore whatever is most important to you, safely and at your own pace.

Within this consistent, reliable therapeutic relationship you have the opportunity to examine how you respond to life's complexities, negotiate your needs and manage the unknown. Discovering new ways to go forward then becomes more tangible and realistic with the possibility for healing, relief, a richer sense of self and greater capacity to live as you intend.

It can be an enriching process with the potential to find purpose and perspective that is beneficial for you and those close to you, in an enduring way. Often, something previously unknown yet deeply rewarding and invaluable has been waiting to be found.

Psychodynamic Counselling & Therapy 

My approach is grounded in modern Psychodynamic~Psychoanalytic & Jungian Analytical Psychology principals.
It explores in depth what might be ordinarily hidden beneath and beyond the "here and now" aspects of human experiences, relationships and behaviour. Long held patterns, past experiences, losses and attachments are thought about in the context of how they may be influencing your present situation. Here, the therapeutic relationship serves as a bridge in many ways, enabling the client to work through distress, confusion or stuckness towards a better understanding of themselves and others, in readiness for the outside world.

Jungian perspectives allow us to expand our investigations to include the collective unconscious, cultural complexes, dreams, the shadow and imagination. These are regarded as intrinsic to both the personal and shared human quest to resolve very real problems and fulfil valued aims.

Suffering presents itself in many known and unknown, ordinary and extraordinary ways : I welcome diversity with experience and interest. I tailor the work accordingly, maintaining reliable and robust boundaries that foster mutual trust and respect.

I work with independent adults or couples who might be seeking support with issues such as:

• Life changes and transitions including traumatic events, uncertainty, grief , bereavement and any form of loss
• Symptoms of psychological distress such as depression, anxiety, obsessions, food/sleep/exercise problems
• Social anxiety, burn-out, overwhelm, panic attacks
• Identity, gender, choices
• Imagination and dreams
• Relationships (any kind)
• Cultural differences: including family, social, political, sexual, spiritual or personal
• Creative/writers block, career or workplace issues
• Mid-life crisis/stage of life or new life adjustment
• Intercultural upbringing, relationships and race
• Personal development & purpose

“In each of us there is another whom we do not know.” ― C.G. Jung

Psychodynamic Counsellor & Therapist

Holly Ricioppo 
  • BA Hons Combined Studies Humanities (incl. Psychology)
  • BPC and BACP accredited Post Grad. Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • SAP Post Grad Advanced Certificate in Clinical Practice from Jungian Perspectives
  • Tavistock Certificate in the Study of the Couple Relationship
  • WCP Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling (BPC & BACP accredited)
  • Registered professional memberships: British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)  & British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
Born into an east-west intercultural and neurodiverse family I have lived and worked among many people and places internationally and truly understand the challenges of being or belonging in more than one neat box.  I offer a depth of experience professionally from holding therapeutic, arts and educational roles with children, adults and organizations for over 30 years, including within the NHS.  In addition to my private practice I am an associate member of Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy Training in Frome where I work as a seminar leader and tutor on both their pre-clinical and Clinical/Diploma trainings.

I regularly attend Supervision with a Senior Jungian Analyst and actively undertake post qualification training and studies (CPD) to ensure my practice is ethical, up to date and relevant.

Some of the CPD trainings I have undertaken include (but are not limited to) studies in: Neuropsychology, Couples therapy, Sexuality and Gender, Eating Disorders, Self-harm, Psychosis, Jungian Studies, Ethics, Diversity, Race & Identity, Active Imagination, Trauma, Group work, Dreams, Embodiment and Dysphoria. 
About Holly
Fees are determined on an individual basis.
Standard fees are as follows :

Individual once weekly £75 - £80

Couples from £100 per hour.
International fees will be higher and include any transfer and exchange costs.

I do consider hardship and reserve some spaces for concessions where need and commitment is evident.
 As you may expect these spaces are often taken so there may be a waiting list or I can refer you to trusted lower fee services. 

Missed sessions/cancellation policy
Once we’ve agreed to work together I commit to and reserve your weekly session times exclusively for your personal therapy. Therefore you will be charged for all sessions, including any you don’t attend, cancel due to holidays or miss for any reason. This is standard practice in the profession.

If you know you have to miss a session, please let me know as soon as possible. If I have an alternative space free that same week then I will offer it to you, but I cannot guarantee this option will be available.

You do not pay for sessions when I am away or have to cancel.

Currently I have no spaces until September 2022 - however you are welcome to get in touch and I will reply in September.