Susannah Rose

Dr Susannah Rose


Professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • Clinical Doctorate in Psychotherapy
  • Post-Graduate Qualification in Psychotherapy
  • MA in  Working  with People with Eating  Disorders
  • Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Accred)

My professional experience:

I have been practicing psychotherapy in the NHS and private healthcare for over twenty years. I offer general psychotherapy, as well as specialist Eating Disorder Therapy. In addition to my work at the Nightingale Hospital, I currently work at the Child and Family Practice, and in private practice. Before that I was Lead Psychotherapist in both  Adolescent and Adult Eating Disorder Services at The Priory Hospital Roehampton for ten years. Previously, I have worked in University Counselling Services, GP Practices, Community Mental Health Teams, working with a variety of people from all backgrounds, presenting with a wide range of difficulties.

I have a research-based Clinical Doctorate in Psychotherapy from  the  University of Essex, looking into the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa. I also have  a Masters Degree in Working with Eating Disorders from the Tavistock  Centre. I qualified as a Counsellor at Regent’s College in 1997, and as a Psychotherapist at the Lincoln Centre (A British Psychotherapy Training)  in 2004.

As well as working with Eating Disorders, I specialise in treating depression, anxiety, self-harm, relationship difficulties, and general life changes.

My personal Statement:

My personal approach to therapy is based on building a collaborative relationship, where a sense of safety and trust can develop. This can allow clients to talk about their life and experiences with a view to learning more about themselves and their underlying thoughts and patterns of behaviour. This in turn can  allow clients greater choice over the way they are living their lives, and can help them feel able to make positive changes. Clients are not judged in the sessions, instead  they are listened to with encouragement. The process can be challenging and thought provoking, but can help give people far greater freedom and fulfilment in their lives.

I specialise in working with people with eating disorders, and have carried out research in this area. I am also very  intersted in working with people of all ages, focusing on difficulties with mood, depression, anxiety, and with general challenges of life and life transitions. I have a training in working psychodynmically, but would describe my work as supportive psychotherapy drawing largely on mentalisation-based therapy and motivational enhancement. I also offer Cognitive Remediation Therpy for Eating Disorders.

Additional information about my research, publications and interests:

Rose, S. (2004). On not observing the baby. The International Journal of Infant Observation and its Applications.

Rose, S. (2009). A Special K retreat: Dynamics which threatened the psychotherapy of an eating disordered patient. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Rose, S. (2013). Anorexia nervosa: addiction or not an addiction? In Addictive States of Mind .
M. Bower, R. Hale, H. Wood (Eds.). 175-199. Tavistock Series. Karnac Books London.

Rose, S. (2015). The problems of working with anorexia nervosa: the alexithymic core and the art of non-interpretation. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Essex.

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