Vanessa Phillip

Psychodynamic therapist


Vanessa’s warm presence offers people the opportunity to explore their innermost emotional pain, which so often affects their level of fulfilment in relationships. She has a deep inner commitment to help people liberate themselves from the suffering of the past using evidence-based treatment. In a kind and supportive space, and with encouragement to talk freely and look deeper into oneself, she helps people increase their self-understanding, find clarity and open up the possibility of long-term change.

Position at Priory

Vanessa Phillip is an experienced psychodynamic therapist and deputy clinical lead on the general psychiatry team. She leads and co-facilitates a wide range of adult group therapies, and provides intensive one-to-one therapy for acute inpatients and outpatients, in both short-term and long-term capacities.

With half a decade of clinical experience, Vanessa is a central figure in the psychodynamic therapy team. She is dedicated in her work helping people with complex emotional problems and who present with a wide range of mental health conditions. She has particular expertise supporting people who had difficult childhoods, as well as people who struggle with anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, bereavement, identity, psychosis, bipolar disorder and personality disorders. 


Vanessa received core psychotherapy training at Enfield Counselling Psychotherapy service, accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), the UK’s leading professional association and accredited public register for psychoanalytic psychotherapy. 

She is a registered member of the BPC and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), adhering to their ethical and clinical guidelines. 

Vanessa has also completed more specialist training in group analysis with Group Analysis South West (GASW).


  • Bachelor of Arts - BA (Hons), Warwick University
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling accredited by BPC
  • Registrant and accreditation with BPC
  • Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
  • Foundation in group analysis with Group Analysis South West (GASW)