What my clients say - testimonials

"I worked with Pete a few years ago when my life and relationships were in complete turmoil, I was never going to be an easy satisfied customer but for once in my life talked and listened. The results have been amazing, 4 years ago I began to change my life, the first year was hard but ever since has been an uphill pleasure.I am now contented and have my life on an even keel much of which I put down to the sessions with Pete."

Robert.  Oct 2015


            “ working with Pete around my difficulties with relationships completely changed my perspectives.

              I am more equipped to function at my optimal level in all of my relationships, and at work.

Bianca. Jan 2016



Counselling and Therapy in North London

"Psychoanalysis is a method for investigating the Human soul"

            Bruno Bethelheim


There will be times in your life  where you will be faced with challenges and conflicts that can cause stress and anxiety, which can also lead to depression.

During these times, your thoughts ,feelings, and behaviours, can begin to have an adverse impact on your health, work, your relationships, and your life in general.

While some things will  be outside of your control, some are not.

The way I work is to provide a safe, confidential space, where you will have the opportunity to explore any issues or concerns that you may have. Between us we would explore any thoughts or feelings that you are experiencing, with the aim of helping you make more sense of what's happening, and to help alleviate the symptoms, e.g. stress, anxiety, depression, confusion etc.

The aim of your therapy is to develop a deeper understanding and awareness of yourself, and to find a place  where you will be able to make healthier choices, so that you can enjoy life a bit more,and function at a higher level. 

Some of the problems that I have experience of working with, include, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, obsessions, addiction, alcoholism, gambling, food problems, sex problems etc.

I am a recognised psychotherapist byAXA PPP, BUPA, AVIVA, PRU HEALTH, and CIGNA. If you are covered for by any of these , you could be eligible for funding. 

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to arrange an initial session to assess your situation and see if this kind of therapy is what you need/want at this time. 

Counselling and Therapy - How I work

Identifying mental health problems or illness may be difficult without a concept of mental health. One way of thinking about mental health and mental health problems is that they exist on different points of a continuum. Each of us may be found somewhere on this continuum at different points, at different times, for different reasons.

Emotional difficulties and mental health problems frequently coincide with life events such as marriage, divorce, work, moving home, transitions, childbirth, bereavement, loss and stress.

It is important for me  to consider an individuals culture, social, educational, ethnic, sexual and religious backround and current circumstances when attempting to understand, identify or assess mental health or behavioural problems.

I am a qualified Psychodynamic therapist. 

The way I work is firstly to try and  establish a rapport with my client so that they feel at ease enough to talk freely about their thoughts and concerns.

One of the aims of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness- helping individuals to unravel, experience, and understand their true, deep rooted feelings in order to resolve them.

I like to work with what is  happening in the relationship with myself and my client, e.g. how the client is expressing himself, how the client feels being with me, is the client able to be clear in their communication with me about what they want to say?, If my client is struggling to communicate his/her thoughts and feelings with me, it is likely that they are struggling with this in their personal and work relationships.

I would be mindful about what it is the client wants from the sessions.Between us we would hope to become aware of any thoughts or feelings they may be supressing, and try to identify any defence/coping mechanisms that they may have adapted over the years.

I also like to work with any distorted thoughts or feelings they may have about themselves or others, with the view to  help them gain a healthier , more realistic perspective.

Together we would hope to gain insight and understanding as to what is causing the symptoms with an aim to alleviate any pain and suffering.

I do short term dynamic counselling and long term, depending on the individuals needs.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to arrange to have therapy, or even if you just want to have a chat to discuss whether therapy is for you at this time or not (no obligations).

Pete Doyle - Psychotherapist & Counsellor

About Me

I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist. I help clients work through depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, stress, and many other problems that we are faced with in life, including, addictions,(drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, spending, food, etc.., 

I have gained extensive hands-on experience with my work in Psychiatric hospitals, Prisons, the community,and my own private practice.

I am currently working at a Psychiatric Hospital where I do individual therapy, and group work with individuals experiencing Depression and Anxiety.

I also run a successful private Practice in North London and the City of London as well as one day per week as a therapist for Gam Care in London helping individuals and family members with Gambling addiction

I offer a safe and confidential environment, where together we can work through any concerns you may be facing, and to help you gain more insight and understanding as to the cause of your problems.


Diploma in Psychodynamic Therapy, BACP (Accred)

National Counsellor Accreditation Certificate (NCAC FDAP -Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals

Foundations Certificate in Group Analysis, (IGA) Institute of Group Analysis

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to arrange to have therapy, or even if you just want to have a chat to discuss whether therapy is for you at this time or not (no obligations).

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy gives space to express previously suppressed feelings and thoughts which in itself is cathartic.

 Psychotherapy is unique in that it is designed for the understanding of the person as opposed to the symptom or the particular diagnosis.

It is based on the psychoanalytic knowledge of the psychosocial development of human beings.

I tend to focus on the relationship as opposed to technique or procedure.

Psychodynamic therapy, also focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifested in a person’s present behavior. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are to help the client to develop  further awareness of themselves   and gain more of an understanding of the influence of the past on present behaviour.

In its brief form, a psychodynamic approach enables the client to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past. 

Several different approaches to brief psychodynamic psychotherapy have evolved from psychoanalytic theory and have been clinically applied to a wide range of psychological disorders. There is a body of research that generally supports the efficacy of these approaches.

Psychodynamic therapy is the oldest of the modern therapies. (Freud’s psychoanalysis is a specific form and subset of psychodymanic therapy.) As such, it is based in a highly developed and multifaceted theory of human development and interaction. 

The theory supporting psychodynamic therapy originated in and is informed by psychoanalytic theory. There are four major schools of psychoanalytic theory, each of which has influenced psychodynamic therapy. The four schools are: Freudian, Ego Psychology, Object Relations, and Self Psychology.

Freudian psychology is based on the theories first formulated by Sigmund Freud in the early part of this century and is sometimes referred to as the drive or structural model. The essence of Freud’s theory is that sexual and aggressive energies originating in the id (or unconscious) are modulated by the ego, which is a set of functions that moderates between the id and external reality. Defense mechanisms are constructions of the ego that operate to minimize pain and to maintain psychic equilibrium. The superego, formed during latency (between age 5 and puberty), operates to control id drives through guilt.

Ego Psychology derives from Freudian psychology. Its proponents focus their work on enhancing and maintaining ego function in accordance with the demands of reality. Ego Psychology stresses the individual’s capacity for defense, adaptation, and reality testing.

Object Relations psychology was first articulated by several British analysts, among them Melanie Klein, W.R.D. Fairbairn, D.W. Winnicott, and Harry Guntrip. According to this theory, human beings are always shaped in relation to the significant others surrounding them. Our struggles and goals in life focus on maintaining relations with others, while at the same time differentiating ourselves from others. The internal representations of self and others acquired in childhood are later played out in adult relations. Individuals repeat old object relationships in an effort to master them and become freed from them.

Self Psychology was founded by Heinz Kohut, M.D., in Chicago during the 1950s. Kohut observed that the self refers to a person’s perception of his experience of his self, including the presence or lack of a sense of self-esteem. The self is perceived in relation to the establishment of boundaries and the differentiations of self from others (or the lack of boundaries and differentiations).

Each of the four schools of psychoanalytic theory presents discrete theories of personality formation, psychopathology formation, and change; techniques by which to conduct therapy; and indications and contraindications for therapy. Psychodynamic therapy is distinguished from psychoanalysis in several particulars, including the fact that psychodynamic therapy need not include all analytic techniques and is not conducted by psychoanalytically trained analysts. Psychodynamic therapy is also conducted over a shorter period of time and with less frequency than psychoanalysis.

A goal of therapy is often to change an aspect of one’s identity or personality or to integrate key developmental learning missed while the client was stuck at an earlier stage of emotional development.

Practitioners of brief psychodynamic therapy believe that some changes can happen through a more rapid process or that an initial short intervention will start an ongoing process of change that does not need the constant involvement of the therapist. A central concept in brief therapy is that there should be one or two areas of  focus for the therapy rather than the more traditional psychoanalytic practice of allowing the client to associate freely and discuss unconnected issues. In brief therapy, the central focus is developed during the initial evaluation process, occurring during the first session or two. This focus must be agreed on by the client and therapist. The central focus singles out the most important issues and thus creates a structure and identifies a goal for the treatment. In brief therapy, the therapist is expected to be fairly active in keeping the session focused on the main issue. Having a clear focus makes it possible to do interpretive work in a relatively short time because the therapist only addresses the circumscribed problem area.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to arrange to have therapy, or even if you just want to have a chat to discuss whether therapy is for you at this time or not (no obligations).