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Dr William Roberts
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
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William has been working for Priory as a child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist since January 2020. Alongside his time at Priory, he works as a senior clinician for the NHS in a central London CAMHS service, seeing children (0 to 18 years) for long and short term psychoanalytic/psychodynamic psychotherapy.

William has also worked for a number of years in several Tavistock and Portman departments, including the adolescent/young adult service (14 to 26 years) and the under 5s service.

Prior to training as a psychotherapist, William spent 17 years working in the statutory and charity sectors, supporting looked after children, unaccompanied asylum seekers and young offenders. His specialty is working with hard to reach adolescents.

William has been working under the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) since 2015 and is also accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).


William first trained as a youth and community worker, graduating in 2003. He spent the following 10 years working within deprived communities, supporting often disenfranchised young people and their families. During this time, he developed an interest in the mental health of his clients, which led him to the Tavistock and Portman Clinic, where he worked towards a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Therapy for Children, Young People and Families. Following this, he moved onto completing a Masters of Science in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies, before commencing a Doctoral training in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Research interests

William has been involved in several research projects specifically looking at the effectiveness of psychotherapy in EBD schools, working with children displaying signs of conduct disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

I will always provide a consistent containing space for my patients, allowing us to work towards a therapeutic alliance. It is hoped through this relationship I can help support the patient understand some of the core difficulties they might present, past and present. This can be a daunting time and will need support, attunement and strength, something I feel I can offer during the therapeutic process. My training and experience has allowed me to work effectively with children ranging from under fives to 25 years old and their parent/s. My technique is adaptable and I am well versed in working with diversity and difference.

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  • Master of Science in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies (Tavistock and Portman Clinic)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Therapy for Children, Young People and Families (Tavistock and Portman Clinic)
  • Professional Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Tavistock and Portman Clinic)
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