Dermot Martin MSc CTA PTSTA UKCP, BACP (accred)

Practising in Chiswick, West London W4, my approach is informed and inspired by the belief that we are all doing our best to cope with the life circumstances. However, our coping mechanisms can limit our growth as individuals and inhibit our success in relationships with family and in work. Through careful attention and understanding of how these patterns both help and hurt, my approach to therapy aims to provide a relationship that allows relief, from great pain and distress. This creates possibilities for a fuller and more enriching experience of yourself and all around you.

Working with individuals, couples and families, I offer a confidential, non-judgemental and supportive approach; a safe place to focus on concerns, consider change and seek new perspectives.

I use a psychodynamic approach, drawing on Transactional Analysis, Relational Psychoanalysis, combining the latest research in neurobiology and regulation theory. Working relationally, I pay particular attention to the dynamics emerging in our sessions, as many of your emotional dilemmas with others will emerge in therapy sessions, so that together we can address them ‘in person’.
Understanding the process of change, I have experienced personally the effectiveness of psychotherapy during difficult periods. I am sensitised to pain, suffering and how we can recover. As well as first hand experience of many of life’s challenges, my work is informed by extensive training and professional clinical practice.

Common concerns

As a Counsellor, Psychotherapist, relationship therapist and Relational Transactional Analyst , I treat individuals and couples with a range of challenges. Common concerns I see and treat include but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety and depression which are often experienced as somatic distress, bodily tension, worry, fear, paralysis, and a sense of stuckness or getting nowhere.
  • Relationship difficulties with others which could include partners, children, friends, colleagues, co-workers , your boss. This often presents itself as feelings of anger, restlessness, chronic disappointment, and boredom.
  • Childhood trauma and recent traumatic experiences which may include common life occurences such as financial difficulty, illness, separation/divorce, transitions, aging, and death of a loved one.
  • Isolation and aloneness as a result of loss of relationships, life stage events such as children or parents moving away, and a lack of connection to community.
  • Sexual issues and infidelity.

Is psychotherapy right for you?

While this is often a difficult question to answer, if you have suffered for a long time, been chronically unhappy or unfulfilled, have tried many things but nothing seems to work, then psychotherapy is a worthwhile option. When considering seeking a psychotherapist, it is important to understand each therapist’s approach and decide whether their style and yours are a good fit.

Working with couples

In my work with couples, I consider the relationship as the client. From this non-judgemental position, together we identify the ways you and your partner interact that lead to dissatisfaction, criticism, or distance. From this new place of awareness, each of you are invited to better understand what you really need from each other.

For more information, please look at the ‘Working with relationships’ section.


Psychotherapy with individuals, self funding fees vary as per your circumstances.

Couples therapy fees negotiated as per your circumstances.

Please enquire for insurance and co-pay.


Where ever possible we will try to reschedule an appointment if you are able to give at least 48 hours notice, the appointment will need to be rescheduled for a time within that week. The fee for appointments that are missed or cancelled including where it has not been possible to reschedule is chargeable.


Telephone +447720663379

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc in Psychotherapy with distinction from the Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University , with a reputation for professional excellence.
I’m also a certified Relational Transactional Analyst CTA (P) in the field of psychotherapy with individuals, couples and groups.

Advanced diploma in relationship therapies from the NAOS Institute.

Postgraduate diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling, Metanoia Institute.

My work includes long and short-term psychotherapy within private practice, NHS and other institutional settings – with clients presenting an extensive range of personal struggles such as relationship issues, developmental trauma, depression, anxiety, many types of addiction, somatic illness, low self-esteem, sexual issues, bereavement, identity and personality issues.
I pursue ongoing training, learning, and personal growth as part of my commitment to the challenge and enjoyment of working with the complexities of the human psyche.

Professional membership 
I am bound by the Codes of Ethics and Professional Procedures of the following organisations.
BACP (Bristish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)

UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy)

EATA (European Association for Transactional Analysis)

IARPP (International Association of relational psychoanalysis)

Metanoia Institute.