Psychodynamic Therapist

From my private practice in the Mendips, Somerset
I offer in-person or remote counselling and therapy
to adults of all ages and 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.

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 therapy is such an important decision. It can feel daunting to begin but is often the catalyst for real and meaningful changes, even when you aren't sure what to focus on first.

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

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, with Covid-safety measures in place and, where appropriate, remotely - by phone or online.

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 here.

How I work
Getting Started

When you are feeling 'all at sea' it can be a huge relief to take that first step towards finding solid ground.

Once you have got in touch, I usually arrange a free short phone call as an introduction and to clarify practicalities.
If it feels right, we may then agree to book two (or possibly more) 50 minute initial consultations. These give us opportunity to find out whether working together in ongoing therapy could be helpful for you.

About Ongoing therapy

  • Sessions are regular and confidential,  minimum once weekly (on the same day and time)
  • Each session is 50 minutes
  • Therapy is usually long term/open-ended
  • Fees are determined during initial consultations and payable via BACS

Your sessions will be an important commitment to something which so often gets lost or pushed aside in today's busy world.
Confronting deep wounds, mysteries and/or knots can sometimes feel challenging. Regular sessions give us time and space, without intrusion, to tend to what matters most to you in your life.
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 Therapy ~ My Method and Approach

Psychodynamic Therapy is based on Psychoanalytic, Jungian Psychology and modern psychoanalytic theory.
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 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 have experience in working with many varied presentations and concerns. I welcome each unique individual with interest and tailor the work sensitively, maintaining reliable and robust boundaries that foster mutual trust and respect. Together we will investigate what it is you are struggling with and discover where there is possibility for repair, restoration, acceptance, relief, healthy creativity and greater potential to live as you intend.

“In each of us there is another whom we do not know.” ― C.G. Jung
About Holly
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
  • WCP Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling (BPC & BACP accredited)
  • Registered professional memberships: British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)  & British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
Having grown up, lived and worked among many cultures internationally, I truly understand the challenges of being or belonging in more than one neat box. I have a broad depth of experience 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 Analyst and actively undertake post qualification continuing professional development (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.
  • Wells, Somerset, UK
  • Stratton on the Fosse, Somerset, UK

You are welcome to get in touch directly or use the form here. Please indicate whether you are seeking in-person or remote therapy, individual or couples, and let me know the location you are based. Do also let me know whether you would prefer me to return your message via phone or email.