Anna Burnham

psychodynamic counsellor saltaire shipley

My name is Anna; I am a psychotherapist offering both short and long term psychodynamic psychotherapy & EMDR.

I am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council as both a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and a Dynamic Interpersonal Therapist.

I am also a Mental Health Nurse, registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council

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I began my career as a registered mental health nurse, working in a variety of settings within the NHS, before choosing to add to my knowledge and skills by completing a challenging training in psychotherapy. I have worked in this role within the NHS for a number of years before branching into private practice.

My understanding of emotional distress, psychological issues, mental ill health and the effects on the self, others and our relationships was borne out of lived experience. This has provided me with the necessary interest, compassion and commitment to pursue life long training in the field of psychological health.

I currently offer psychotherapy in two formats:

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) is a time-limited psychodynamic therapy over 16 sessions and is helpful for those who find that their emotional issues and problems with mood seem to be related to their relationships. The way that we think, feel and behave towards others often stems from how we experienced others as a child. Sometimes we can develop unhelpful tendencies in our current relationships as a result of those early experiences. You might find that you don’t really understand what is going wrong and why or how patterns seem to repeat themselves.

DIT works by creating a collaborative effort to understand where difficulties may have arisen and creating goals for change. This style of therapy differs from traditional psychodynamic therapy, being more focused and with the therapist being more active in the therapy room.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a longer term therapy, underaken once or twice weekly, that aims to help people with psychological issues. It helps a patient to understand and change complex, deep-seated, and often unconsciously based, emotional and relationship problems by reducing symptoms and alleviating distress.

The relationship with the therapist is a crucial element in the therapy. The therapist offers a confidential and private setting which facilitates a process where unconscious patterns of the patient’s inner world becomes reflected in the patient’s relationship with the therapist (transference). This process helps patients to gradually identify these patterns and, in becoming conscious of them, to develop the capacity to understand and change them. In order for this process to unfold, you’ll find that I am relatively quiet and contemplative in the room, allowing for free association and non directed expression.

Whether short or longer term psychodynamic psychotherapy is the treatment of choice for a particular individual depends on a variety of factors – the nature of your difficulties, the suitability of the therapy for you and the potential for us to develop a therapeutic alliance.

Should you wish to consider either of these approaches, I would ask you to attend 2 assessment sessions for us to think together about whether they may be of benefit to you and which approach would be most suitable, before moving on to a course of treatment.


  • Registered Mental Health Nurse/Diploma in Health Studies, University of Bradford
  • BA (Hons) First Class Degree in Professional Practice in Health Care, University of Bradford
  • Post Graduate Diploma in the Foundations of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Part One Qualifying Course, University Of Essex
  • Inter-cultural Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Part 2 Qualifying Course, University of Essex (Accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council and member of the Tavistock and Portman Society)
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy Qualifying Course, Anna Freud Centre (Accredited by the BPC)
British Psychoanalytic Council


Sessions are charged at £55

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