We offer a range of NICE Recommended Treatments for Common Mental Health Problems including the following:
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy - IPT for Moderate to Severe Depression
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches - CBT approaches for Common Mental Health Problems
- Couple Therapy for Depression - CTfD for Couples where one or both is suffering from depression
- Counselling / Integrative Therapy - C/ Integ Th for Low Self Esteem with either anxiety or depression
- EMDR - EMDR for Single Event Trauma and other Adult & Childhood Trauma
- Integrative Trauma Focused Therapy - ITFT for Adult and Childhood Trauma including Childhood Abuse
What can you expect if you choose to go ahead with Individual or Couple Therapy:
To start all therapists should be able to help you feel respected and comfortable. Many people find it difficult to talk about their problems with someone they do not know, and it is important that your therapist can make you feel that they are to be trusted, and can help you manage if you talk about things which upset you or about which you feel embarrassed.
Talking openly about yourself for the first time to a new person can feel difficult and you may be worried about what your therapist thinks about you. Your therapist will be interested in how you experience them and will help you to make sense of any worries you may have about starting therapy. They should give you the feeling that they know that starting therapy can be difficult and that they understand what life is like for you.
The therapist should convey that they are interested in hearing about how you are experiencing the therapy and your relationship with them at any stage of the therapy. If difficulties do arise the therapist should take these seriously and work out with you a way of overcoming them.
Getting a picture of what you need (“Assessment”) your therapist will need to get as good a picture as they can of what you are finding difficult in your life and how this is affecting you and people close to you. They will ask some questions, but they should also make it clear that you only need to give as much information as you feel comfortable with. Many people find that as therapy gets going they are able to talk more openly, and in the early stages you shouldn’t find yourself under pressure to say more than you want.
Your therapist is responsible for ensuring that your meetings take place at a regular time, in a setting where you can be sure of confidentiality. Wherever possible they should let you know if they expect to be away or need to change the time of your therapy.
You can expect your therapist to be active: they will ask you questions, especially about your symptoms, what is happening in your personal interactions week-by-week, and how you feel. Because this is a time-limited therapy, your therapist will help you to keep focused on the area that you agreed to work on. This will include helping you to monitor how your symptoms are affected by what is happening in your life, work, relationships with others and how your symptoms affect these. The therapist will also help you to think about the people in your life who may be able to provide support to help you overcome your current difficulties. Where appropriate they will help you to develop new relationships that can provide the support you need.
The therapist will also support you in making positive changes in your life. For example, they might encourage someone who fears that they will be rejected if they speak their mind to take the risk of trying out different ways of communicating more directly. This may feel difficult at first, but your therapist will be interested in thinking with you about any anxieties you have about putting into action what you discuss in the therapy.
Ending the therapy - Many clients find that ending the therapy is difficult. This is because the relationship that develops between you and your therapist can become quite important. Ending therapy can feel like a big loss and you are likely to experience a range of feelings about it. Your therapist will know and understand this and you should expect them to help you to explore your feelings. They should help you to anticipate problems that may arise in the future and think with you about how you would manage if things become difficult again. However, they will also remind you of what you have learnt and achieved over the course of the therapy.
Length and frequency of treatment varies. Your therapist will talk with you about the number of sessions you can expect to have; this will depend on the problems you have and the setting you are being seen in.
Your therapy is strictly confidential, however, where there is reported risk to self or others, risk of harm to self or to or from others we are required to follow a set of safeguarding protocols to ensure your safety and that of others. We will talk to you about your concerns and you will be a part of this process.