What is Psychological Therapy
Psychological therapy involves talking and listening. Most of us want somebody to talk to, who listens and accepts us, especially when we are going through a bad time. Sometimes it is easier to talk to a stranger than to relatives or friends. Some therapists will aim to find the root cause of your problem and help you deal with this, some will help you change your behaviour or negative thoughts, while others simply aim to support you. Therapists are trained to listen attentively and to help you find your own answers, without judging you.
“It was as if she was turning over pages or something, making it all so much simpler in my mind, somehow”
People go for therapy for a whole range of reasons. It may be that somebody has died or left the home, or that you have become depressed or isolated. You may be unable to sleep, or are having panic attacks. Perhaps you have had a psychiatric diagnosis and are already having treatment. Or you may be simply trying to understand yourself better. Some people find therapy can help them deal with rarer problems such as high and low mood swings, or to cope with hearing voices. Therapy can help you stay well, or help you notice when you are under pressure. It is most likely to help if you want to explore your feelings and change your behaviour.
“It was someone listening to what I was saying without criticising me, listening to my problems and helping me see them in a different way”
There is a stigma around therapy, and some people feel it is a sign of weakness to go for this type of help. Seeing a therapist doesn’t mean you are self-indulgent or going mad; don’t let these sorts of prejudices stop you trying it. It can take strength to be prepared to look at yourself and your situation. Effectiveness of all types of therapy depends on the patient and the therapist forming a good working relationship.
Types of issues therapy can help you deal with
Anxiety and panic attacks such as social anxiety or you may feel anxious about your self image.
Stress An accumulation of everyday stress or stress resulting from a traumatic event.
Loss and bereavement such as the death of a family member, or changes in work patterns
Phobias such as a fear of spiders, or a fear of vomiting.
Work-related problems such as conflict, bullying, burn out or difficult relationships with colleagues
Relationship difficulties whether partner or family, including sexual difficulties
Substance abuse drink or drugs
Limits of Confidentiality
Information is treated in the strictest confidence.
This strict confidentiality rule would only be broken should exceptional circumstances arise which give the counsellor good grounds for believing that serious harm may be caused to the client or to others.
This policy is in accordance with the code of ethics of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) aims to help people change patterns of thinking or behaviour that are causing problems. Changing how you think and behave also changes how you feel. It is a structured approach – you agree goals for treatment with your therapist and try things out between sessions. Cognitive techniques (such as challenging negative automatic thoughts) and behavioural techniques (such as graded exposure and activity scheduling) are used to relieve symptoms by changing maladaptive thoughts, beliefs and behaviour.
Solution Focused therapy The main practical difference from traditional approaches is that the focus is set upon getting the client to recognise and discuss their strengths rather than weaknesses, using those strengths to reduce or even solve the problem.
Person Centred therapy This approach aims to help the client ‘unravel’ the personal theory he has constructed around his own experience, using the therapeutic relationship.
Typical cost of treatments
|Initial consultation & treatment||£60.00||60 mins|
|Follow on treatments||£60.00||60 mins|
|Assessment consultation||FREE||30 mins|
For Insurance companies and Intermediaries prices may vary, please call to enquire.