Art Psychotherapy uses self-expression to create art and the resulting artwork to help clients understand their emotional conflicts. Back
They then develop social skills, improve self-esteem, manage addictions, reduce anxiety, and restore normal function to their lives.
As it is a form of psychotherapy, it is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable.
Counselling for Children
Your child might be struggling with mild and acute emotional issues including anxiety, behavioural difficulties, eating difficulties, peer relationships, academic performance, depression or bereavement. counselling is a place where these struggles can be understood and explored.Back
The child /therapist relationship is the key to influencing the effectiveness of therapy and therefore the aim is to facilitate a safe, exclusive, authentic, confidential (subject to limits) and purposeful relationship with clients.
Once a trusting relationship is built children then begin to express and explore their feelings and better manage their presenting issues.
In order to engage with younger children and help them talk freely about painful Issues, our therapists draw on a variety of techniques including talking, creative and non-directive play therapy.
Psychotherapy for Adolescents and Young People
Psychotherapy works to improve family relationships, peer relationships, body image and self-confidence and mood regulation.Back
Adolescence is a time of great transition when specific developmental demands and challenges are placed on the young person and their family.
Psychotherapy offers a safe and confidential space to explore the sometimes extreme feelings associated with this stage of development.
Psychotherapy can help in thinking about and exploring these feelings and behaviours, which may have become more destructive, and move towards more helpful solutions.
Creative therapy involves the use of visual art and play materials with clients being actively involved in the art making process and discussion about it. Back
This process facilitates an identification of feelings that may have been either denied or unknown to the client yet are emerging through their relationships in destructive ways. For example feelings of; anger, hurt, grief, fear, sadness, panic or stress may be stored in the mind and body and leak out affecting the quality of relationships.
Creative therapies help the client to access deep despair, help you resolve inner conflict, modify problematic behaviours, and find emotional balance.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
EFT can treat a wide range of emotional problems and issues, including anxiety, fears, phobias, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief, anger, guilt, etc. Back
EFT is one of the new energy therapies, also known as ‘Energy Psychology’ which has developed from the ancient Chinese meridian energy system. It is a form of emotional acupuncture without the needles, and is based on the premise that all negative emotions are the result of a disruption in the body’s energy system.
What can I hope to achieve from EFT?
EFT works to clear the blockage by tapping on the end points of the body’s energy meridians whilst focusing the mind on the issue in question.
The technique emphasizes acceptance of ourselves and overcoming our fears despite the issues we experience.
Used in tandem with standard psychosexual therapy, EFT has great potential to rapidly and simply deal with mental and emotional blocks, and is especially useful for resolving the effects of past trauma and abuse.
Experiential therapy provides relief, from intense feelings of, anger, frustration, self doubt, intense frustration, disappointment, grievances and profound sadness.Back
Experiential Psychotherapy emphasises the importance of the relationship between therapist and client where a confirming, accepting relationship is seen as facilitating client change in its own right.
The trusting relationship that builds between therapist and client will help bring the focus to the client’s inner experience which will then promote deeper understanding.
A focus on the ‘felt sense’ of an experience or complex feeling will lift it to a different level of consciousness. Negative feelings such as anger, frustration, sadness or disappointment are often repressed or shut away.
This is because they are experienced as dangerous or bad; experiential therapy allows these feelings to be felt and named perhaps for the first time often bringing a sense of relief and the hope of integration.
Fertile Body Method (FBM)
Relief from emotional mind/ body symptoms that contribute to blockages to fertility therefore creating optimum conditions for fertility!Back
Fertility is an aspect of life that very few of us consider until we think it is time to have children! So it is not surprising that women, couples and same sex couples are dismayed when conception does not happen. This is when stress, anger, confusion and self-doubt/recrimination can appear, creating a cycle of thinking that is less than supportive or helpful.
Fertile Body Therapists understand the impact this state of mind has on your health and your life, whether you are experiencing unexplained infertility, medical infertility and choose IVF or other methods of conception, Fertile Body Therapy can support you.
Hypnotherapy is a way to treat all kinds of emotional, psychological or nervous conditions.It is safe and relaxing and has been used successfully for hundreds of years.Back
Most people seek help for problems such as smoking cessation, anxiety, phobias, sexual problems, depression, shy bladder, social fears, lack of confidence, blushing, eating disorders, fear of being sick, feeling ‘down’, ‘out of control’ etc.
It is estimated that 85% of people in all age groups will readily respond to hypnotherapy.
The client is assisted to focus inwardly in order to facilitate positive change. The treatment aim is to assist the client to achieve inner self-control. Benefits are long lasting and often permanent
Our life coaches can help you find the motivation you need to break through creative blocks and turn your life and/or business around.Back
Life Coaching provides support to expand, stretch horizons and challenge stagnant thinking.
For many talented people, the barrier to outstanding performance lies not in what they do, but in how they think. Life Coaching offers a way to change what individuals do by challenging this.
Mediation is a way of helping separating parents work out their arrangements for their children and their finances.Back
This process parallels the legal process. In other words you can sort things out between you and then take the resulting Memorandum of Undertaking to a Solicitor.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindfulness provides relief from symptoms of stress and anxious states of minds resulting in a sense of calm, control and centredness.Back
Meditation is the practice of becoming more gently aware of our inner stillness and peace. Depending on the type of meditation, it is possible to improve one’s wellbeing and balance, both emotionally and mentally. There are many benefits to meditation including calming the mind and reducing stress and improving health.
Mindfulness is a form of mental practice which can be integrated with psychological therapies to help alleviate mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
Mindfulness practice teaches us the skill of being able to open up a reflective space between ourselves, our thoughts and our emotions rather than being endlessly caught up in them. It's effect is often to leave us feeling calmer and less anxious.
Process Oriented Therapy
This therapy provides relief from physical symptoms, relationship problems, group conflicts and social tensions.Back
when approached with curiosity and respect, this modality can lead to new information that is vital for personal and collective growth.
This is a cross-disciplinary approach to support individual and collective change. Also known as process-oriented psychology (POP) or ‘dreambody’ work, Process Work offers new ways of working with areas of life that are experienced as problematic or painful.
This approach offers relief from longstanding and persistent, symptoms and patterns of behaviour affecting general functioning, providing long lasting improvement in general emotional, physical and psychological wellbeing. Back
As an organised healing practice, the original premise of psychotherapy, as devised by Freud, is that when in the presence of a caring, attentive and trusted listener, the client can focus on their experience, recall long-forgotten traumatic events and re-experience the states of mind that accompanied original traumas.
Through this experience of re-experiencing and processing past events/states of mind, neurotic and psychotic symptoms can be alleviated.
There are many different modern types of psychotherapies based on different theories of how we develop our personalities and experience difficulties in life. Some of these therapeutic approaches are integrated and can be offered for individuals, couples, families, and may be facilitated within a group setting.
Sometimes people experience difficulties in their sexual relationship and they need to seek professional help as these difficulties often cause great anxiety and unhappiness. Back
Psychosexual Therapy aims for more loving and intimate relationships resulting in increased sexual performance, gratification and body confidence.
Therapy offers a combination of exploring issues in the therapy session, enhancing communication skills, learning strategies to deal with anxiety and building confidence. This is achieved by re-learning more positive attitudes and beliefs and behaviours
Relational therapy heightens awareness about the impact of early relationships and provides relief from old well-worn and maladaptive behaviours that affect current relationships. Back
The Relational Model explores how early relationships in infancy and childhood have shaped the development of personality and ways of relating to others.
Often, an individual will bring their relational difficulties into the therapy and so the relationship with the therapist is used as a touchstone for understanding the unresolved issues that the client may be bringing to their relationships.
This approach brings together Psychodynamic and Humanistic traditions. Central to this is the development of the personality during infancy. The potential development of the child is dependent on the environment that the child experiences from its care givers.
Sophrology is a simple way to rediscover your natural state of inner harmony and regain your balance in life. It's a way of life, allowing you to reach a higher state of wellbeing, confidence, and inner harmony and reach deeper levels of consciousness.Back
Sophrology combines dynamic relaxation exercises (exercises combining breath and movement) along with breath awareness, breathing exercises, and visualisation, mindfulness and relaxation techniques, all done in a systematic way.
Sophrology is a bridge between Western relaxation techniques and Eastern yoga and meditation; it is very simple to learn and is accessible to everyone, regardless of age or physical ability.
You learn the techniques that are best suited to you so that you can use them in your everyday life, to help you reduce the effects of stress and increase feelings of wellbeing and vitality
More meaningful and long-lasting relationships are worked towards as insight into repeated patterns in relationships and family dynamics is gained Back
Transactional Analysis can be used for both short-term and longer-term therapeutic work and places an emphasis on client and therapist working collaboratively towards jointly agreed goals.
A ‘transaction’ in TA refers to a unit of communication between people. A transaction might be non- verbal, such as a smile or a handshake, or a verbal exchange, and each transaction is part of a wider picture of interpersonal dynamics.
Analysis of these transactions can help us gain insight into how we are communicating with others and how we might be getting stuck in unhelpful patterns of communication and behaviour.
These unhelpful patterns are often emotionally charged and are referred to in TA as ‘psychological games.’ These games are not played for fun and we can learn to recognise them because they leave us with a familiar bad feeling, a sense of ‘how did I end up in this position again?’
Games usually happen outside of our awareness and can often be a sign of some unfinished business from our past. Identifying the games we find ourselves playing and why, can then allow us to gain greater self-awareness and to develop new ways of responding to the world around us.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural therapy is a brief intervention that provides strategies for self-management and relief from many symptoms of anxiety and depression including; Panic attacks, habits and tics, OCD, and overthinking.Back
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a targeted and focused therapy that emphasises therapist and client working together to focus on difficulties in the here and now, rather than going into great exploration about the past.
CBT takes a step-by-step, problem-solving approach to achieve realistic goals. It allows us to identify how certain thoughts and feelings can become habitual and lead into patterns of behaviour which have a negative impact on life and relationships.
Counselling for Adults
Counselling is usually a medium to long term therapy – usually once weekly but can be fortnightly and less frequently.Back
Counselling varies in emphasis and theoretical tradition. Broadly, counselling will provide you with the opportunity to talk about your problems confidentially.
The therapist will help you describe and explore the problem or difficulties and help you develop strategies where appropriate in order to support you whilst you overcome the situation.
The aim of counselling is to provide people with the opportunity to talk about difficulties you may be experiencing in a safe and confidential environment.
This process facilitates an identification and exploration of personality traits and behaviours. Clients are helped to explore their difficulties and their own feelings in order to work towards living in a more satisfying and resourceful way.
Counselling for Couples
Some couple counsellors focus on the relationship within the room and others set tasks to be completed between sessions.Back
Using one or a combination of the frameworks discussed in this section the counsellor will work with ‘the couple’. In addition to the relationship with the therapist an important aspect of the work will be the relational dynamics of the couple.
Many child psychotherapists and child psychologists work exclusively with parents to help them build warmer, more trusting and less fraught parent child relationships. Parent work can give the parents a language with which to understand and think with their child about the different concerns.Back
Parents often feel liberated, relieved more confident and more equipped to work with their child to co- create strategies for further progress in the parent child relationship and in helping relieve their child’s symptoms.
Parent consultation offers a space for parents to think about and explore the complex dilemma and challenges of parenting children and adolescents as they progress through their development.
The work can be on different levels, offering advice and support about managing difficulties as well as attending to the complexity of family dynamics.
(Parent consultations are often offered alongside psychotherapy with young people and children).
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
The goal of EMDR is to reduce the long-lasting effects of distressing and traumatic memories by engaging the brain’s natural adaptive information processing mechanisms, thereby relieving present symptoms. Including, severe panic and distress associated with trauma.Back
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a powerful integrative psychotherapy approach that was originally designed to provide relief from symptoms resulting from trauma.
It has since been extended to other difficulties and provides relief from other conditions including, chronic pain, anxiety and obsessional thinking and others. It has been extensively researched and is one of the NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines for PTSD and trauma in the UK.
The goal of EMDR is to reduce the long-lasting effects of distressing memories by engaging the brain’s natural adaptive information processing mechanisms, thereby relieving present symptoms.
In an EMDR session the client is invited to describe their main trauma or difficulty and it is then scripted in a way that can allow the client to process the difficult material.
Family therapy helps people in close relationships to work together. Back
It helps family members express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on family strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and lives.
Research shows family therapy is useful for families experiencing a wide range of difficulties including:
Family communication problems; illness and disability in the family; separation, divorce and step-family life; child and adolescent behaviour difficulties; eating disorders; self-harm; depression, low mood and anxiety
Group therapy is a powerful experiential therapy that provides relief from, many debilitating symptoms including, social phobias, low self esteem, public and social anxiety, relationship problems and addictions.Back
Group therapy comprises ongoing 90 minute weekly meetings for a maximum 8 group members to work on a wide range of challenges that they wish to understand and resolve, in a safe and confidential context.
The Group therapist administers the group and facilitates the group process. Important learning from group work is gained through both direct interaction and through observing and listening to others.
The system is based on learning ways to intentionally manage communications between our heart and our brain so that we can manage the pressure and stress we experience. Back
This is achieved by creating “coherence” in our Heart Rate Variability (HRV). In the sessions you will be taught how to achieve coherence. HeartMath Coaching can also be experienced in a group setting.
The HeartMath system is grounded in 20 years of psychophysiology, neuro-cardiology and biophysical research.
The core of HeartMath’s research has focussed upon interactions between the heart and brain electro-magnetic and chemical pathways and the mental and physical benefits of positive emotions.
Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT)
IEMT is a brief therapy that can generate rapid change in problematic feelings, emotions and subsequent behavioural patterns. Back
By building a resourceful state, IEMT brings a person’s awareness into the present and enables them to stay out of the negative experience.
Neuro- Linguistic Programming (NLP)
NLP helps to help you develop more adaptive choices. It helps install positive feelings, change negative beliefs, open up new possibilities,Back
It is useful for helping you manage anxiety and stress, release phobia’s, remove limiting or negative beliefs, stop eating disorders, help people sleep better, enjoy public speaking, overcome anxiety and panic attacks, stress and many other problems.
NLP refers to the functioning of the body’s nervous system. This includes other physical aspects of the body such as how we store mental and sensory information and how this creates our experience of life, or our ‘map of reality’ that we use to navigate through life.
There are many interventions in NLP. However they all share some common features: they foster flexibility, responsiveness and adaptability.
Person Centred Therapy (PCT)
PCT emphasises empathy, congruence and presence in order to achieve improvement in self-expression and feelings of self-worth. Back
PCT is effective in the treatment of many emotional and psychological concerns including those linked to; Bereavement & loss, abortion & miscarriage, sexual and emotional abuse, bullying, child related issues, abuse, Infertility, trauma, suicidal thoughts, sexuality, sexual problems
Relationships, and postnatal depression.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is viewed as a more intensive psychotherapy that is indicated for more longstanding and recurring emotional and psychological conditions that are rooted within our unconscious minds. Back
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is based on a theory of personal life first described by Sigmund Freud and has since developed further in theoretical orientations by various theorists.
Fundamentally, the client learns from the experience and process of the therapy, and the relationship with the therapist. The work within the sessions facilitates the transformation of underlying worries. Often the cause of our worries may not easily be understood and they may be rooted in the deep unconscious mind – and so out of our awareness.
The process of psychotherapy brings a more conscious level of understanding and awareness to our feelings and behaviours and so alleviates pain and suffering and so promotes wellbeing.
This works effectively in treating depression and anxiety disorders such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive DisorderBack
A core principle of psychodynamic therapy is that ‘the psyche’ – that is the mind/body – is dynamic and active, and while some mental activity is conscious, a greater part is driven by unconscious forces.
This means, in effect, that as individuals we are shaped by early experiences that may be forgotten and by unconscious conflicts and desires that are outside of our awareness. These unconscious forces have a big impact on our beliefs about who we are and how we relate to others.
Psychodynamic therapy emphasises the exploration of our early history and how it has shaped us as well as the deeply rooted feelings and wishes that we may be defending against.
and a range of other problems. Psychodynamic therapy is beneficial because it aims not just to reduce symptoms but also to understand their causes and so bring about lasting change.
Solution Focused Therapy
This is a short term goal-focused therapeutic approach which helps you discover solutions to immediate problems.Back
This approach focuses on helping the person change by constructing solutions rather than investigating problems. Articulating what the impact of positive changes will be like on their lives is often more important than understanding what led to the problem.
Everyone has the ability to change; the solutions are often already present in the individual’s life which is the basis for ongoing change. The individual can envision a clear and detailed picture of how it will be when things are better which creates hope and expectation, making the solution more practical and realistic.
Goals direct the therapy and keep it focused and brief. The person’s strengths and resources are emphasised as a way of helping the individual recognise how to use these to bring about change.
Speech & Language Therapy for Children and Adults
Speech and Language Therapists are specialists in speech, language, communication, voice and swallowing difficulties and help Improve communication and clarity of speech.Back
The ability to communicate is central to all that we do – to who we are, how we relate to each other and to how we function in the world. In the UK, approximately 2.5 million people have a communication disorder.
Our therapists assess and diagnose communication disorders, treat the person with the disorder and work with those around them in order to improve communication.
Speech and Language Therapy for adults may be needed after a stroke or when someone has a neurological condition. Treatment has been shown to improve problems in such areas as word finding, writing skills, voice production and overall speech intelligibility. It also helps people develop strategies to compensate for impaired skills.