Psychodynamic Therapy

In Somerset, UK


About Holly

About Holly
Holly Ricioppo BA Hons, Dip Psych.Couns.
Registered Memberships: BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council), BACP

As an experienced psychodynamic therapist I work with adults - mostly individually - in face to face long-term psychodynamic therapy and sometimes in shorter-term psychodynamic counselling.

In addition to my private practice I work as a Seminar Leader and Tutor for Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Occasionally I also lead private groups, workshops and classes on a close variety of subjects including personal and professional development, Mindfulness, Western Mystery and Tibetan origin Meditation.

I have worked in therapeutic and educational roles for over 25 years, including within the NHS.

As a registered member of the BPC and the BACP I adhere to their framework of professional and ethical standards.  
I regularly undertake post qualification professional development trainings to ensure my practice is up to date, relevant and of the highest standard.

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

  • BA Hons in Combined Studies (Humanities : Modernism, including Psychology & Philosophy)
  • BPC and BACP accredited Post Grad Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (WCP)
  • Registered member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
  • Registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
  • Enhanced Government Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) Certificate.


  • Wells, Somerset, UK
  • Stratton on the Fosse, Somerset, UK


Concerns Concerns Concerns
It can be helpful to know that a therapist has specialist experience in particular areas.  
For some, it can be very useful to put a name or a label to a problem and for others it can feel like a trap.
'Disorder' can sound pejorative - or it can be
a helpful description of a particular kind or struggle.

We know that people are are much more than the issues or labels that can limit them,
or the situations and experiences that challenge them.
It is important to discover what else might be possible,
beyond or through the issue that is presenting or causing troubles.

My experience over the years has been extensive:
from those with a serious diagnoses to those who want to take some time to contemplate a change in vocation,
and very many who struggle with losses of all kinds, anxieties, anger, sadness, grief and relationship difficulties.
In general, if something has happened or is interrupting your ability to feel OK,
talking about it with someone trained to help make sense of things is known to be beneficial.

I have also worked with many clients who are artists, scientists, therapists or athletes. People in these and leadership roles can also experience times when they need some support, another way to reflect or process what they are going through. What we discover together within the therapy includes reconciling a known issue, engaging with a new revelation, harnessing something creatively that was previously stagnant, elusive or chaotic.

I have witnessed clients discover great change for the better in their outlook, motivation, relationships and understanding.
Clients have found greater capacity to develop and sustain meaningful and lasting insight towards living as they intend.

Issues I have experience in treating include:
abuse, adoption, affairs, anger, anxiety, attachment and bonding issues, belonging, bereavements and losses, betrayal, breakdowns, bullying, career or work changes and issues, childhood issues, chronic-fatigue, commitment, complexity, compulsions, dependency/independence, depression, disillusionment and disappointment, divorce and separation, eating disorders, existential worries, facing physical changes or difficulties, fear, fidelity, gender, grief, guilt, identity, illness, infidelity, intimacy, jealousy, life-stage issues, loneliness, loss, low self esteem, memories, marital problems, miscarriage, neo-natal loss, nightmares, obsessive thoughts, overwhelm, pain, panic, parental issues, physical struggles, pregnancy problems, PTSD, recovery, regret, relationship problems, responsibilities, sadness, self-confidence, self-harm, sensitivity, sexuality, sibling issues, social anxiety, social confusion, sorrow, spirituality, stillbirth, stress, stuckness, tics, trauma, unfulfillment, worries about someone else...


Free Telephone Consultation

I offer a FREE telephone consultation of up to 20 minutes for those who may have questions or concerns prior to arranging an initial consultation. Please get in touch and I will arrange
a suitable time to call you.

Regular sessions

Sessions are face to face,
on the same day and time, weekly.
Each session is 50 minutes.

Long term or open-ended psychodynamic therapy is optimal, allowing depth of exploration, and for development to be profound and unrestricted.

Shorter term psychodynamic counselling is usually focused around a single issue and I suggest a minimum commitment of 12 weeks,
where possible, as beneficial.

In all cases your hopes and circumstances are an important part of the discussion and we would agree on the length of treatment together.

My standard rate is £50 per session, for individuals.

If you are in need of concessions, please get in touch. It may be possible to arrange a space at a reduced rate.

Booking an Appointment


Use the contact link in confidence to get in touch
and take the next step. We can then find out
whether it seems appropriate to proceed
to arranging an initial consultation.

Initial consultations (usually one but possibly up to six sessions) give opportunity for us both to find out more and to see whether working together would be helpful before you commit.

Initial consultations last 50 minutes per session.

Other Referrals

In addition to independent individuals, I accept client referrals from G.P.s , Nurse Practitioners and other primary healthcare professionals.

I also offer small group and workplace workshops, focusing on personal and professional development, team work strategy, relationship building
and creative consultation.

Client testimonial: 

"I wasn't entirely sure what to expect but I came to the session with a wish to release old patterns (physical, emotional, and mental) that I felt were keeping me from doing the work I needed to do in the world. It was an intensely empowering process, to pro-actively identify exactly what it was I needed... I had some surprising revelations and came away from the experience with a fresh vitality and energy toward change, having made some major decisions and resolutions, which I'm happy to say have continued to have a positive impact on my life on all levels. "