Derek Irwin

Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
07950 572824

Contact Derek

Therapist - Cambridge

Cambridge CB1
07950 572824
Sessions from £60.00



Monday - Friday 8am to 8pm.

About me and my therapy practice

I am an experienced Psychodynamic Psychotherapist registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council and the UK Council for Psychotherapy. I am also a member of the BACP.

I provide both short and long term therapy in central Cambridge.

I currently work online, via Skype or, alternatively, via Zoom.

Practice description

Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy

The psychodynamic approach to working with problems is a tried and tested method of helping people which focuses not just on the symptoms, problems and issues which people develop, but also on the underlying thoughts, feelings and conflicts which may be causing these problems. Often, we need someone else to help us understand and deal with the real reasons why we find it so difficult to cope with the distress of what we are going through now. This is a different experience to helping approaches which might offer a quick solution, one which is often short-lived and we are disappointed when we find ourselves back where we started.

I will work with you to help you to get in touch with the real difficulties which, if not properly understood and worked through, lead to repeated painful experiences, which often make people depressed or angry or feeling hopeless and helpless.

If we have friends, we feel lucky to have a listening ear, someone who is there for us and who might help with some advice. I won't give advice (I want to help you to not have to always depend on a therapist), but I will listen to you and try to understand what's being communicated at different levels (we often find it difficult to communicate thoughts and feelings directly) and also pay attention to how we are experiencing each other. This is a key component of psychodynamic work.

I am trained to work both short and long term and during the consultation process we will discuss what you think is most appropriate and helpful for you

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Depression, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work