counselling and psychotherapy services
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Psychotherapy is the broad term for all kinds of talking and creative therapies whose aim is to relieve distress when an individual is troubled. Sadness, grieving, anger, anxiety and depression are all feelings that people experience at some time in their lives. For some it may become so disabling that specialist help may be needed.
Talking to a counsellor or psychotherapist helps to make sense of problems. The therapist offers a safe regular and reliable relationship to talk about current difficulties and unhappiness. These difficulties may have their origins in the past - even as far back as when we were very small.
Symptoms can be greatly relieved by putting words to them and understanding what lies behind them. Psychological problems may express themselves through a variety of symptoms as well as difficulties in relationships.
Sometimes making a connection between the past and the present helps us to understand ourselves and our feelings more fully. This in itself may relieve anxiety and help us to make different choices.
Talking Groups are often the treatment of choice as they offer patients another context in which to explore and resolve their difficulties, and work towards more satisfying ways of relating.
Groups are used by people to understand themselves more deeply in order to change unfulfilling aspects of their lives.
Groups can also help those who find it difficult to express their feelings and needs. Ironically we sometimes feel that it is harder to share private things with others, but finding out that we are not alone in our difficulties and benefitting from other's perspectives can be surprisingly helpful.
We are aware of the benefits of a diverse mix of cultural and ethnic backgrounds in our groups. Differences between people allow individuals to discover unknown parts of themselves, which can then be understood with the help of the group. Discovering one's own identity through encounters with another is one of the particular therapeutic gains of our multicultural groups.
Marriages or relationships frequently encounter difficulties. They often occur at times of stress or life changes in the couple or in the family; for example when planning to have children or when someone is ill, or even financial stress or job changes. All couples in crisis including those in lesbian and gay relationships may be anxious to find support in a non-judgmental setting.
Other issues arising in on-going and committed relationships may have to do with anxieties relating to dependency and intimacy or communication difficulties. Meeting with couple therapists can provide a safe and containing space for couples to explore these and other issues relating to their difficulties.
From time to time we can offer a couples group. The group format offers a unique opportunity for couples to learn from each other and to discuss together issues of common concern.
To help you find out whether counselling or analytic psychotherapy is appropriate for you, we offer a consultation service. During the consultation we will decide together what form of treatment is likely to be most helpful.
Psychotherapy can be of help with a variety of emotional and interpersonal issues. Prolonged or overwhelming feelings of anxiety or depression are common symptoms which can bring people to seek help. Additionally feelings of inner emptiness, loneliness or anger or similar crises may have been precipitated by trauma, or loss. Sharing the problem with a professional person can offer relief and the opportunity to problem- solve and formulate an action plan.
Groups meet regularly once or twice a week for an hour and a half. Group members are expected to attend all group sessions. Each group has a slowly changing membership - up to a maximum of eight participants.
After some individual sessions with the group conductor, the new member will join the group when a suitable vacancy occurs. Individuals decide with the help of the group, including the conductor, when they are ready to leave.
Group meetings are confidential and members are asked not to meet each other outside the group. Group sessions consist of a discussion with no formal agenda. Participants are encouraged to bring their concerns and to respond as honestly as possible. The interaction between people in the group setting often echoes the individual's experience outside the group, but with the possibility of working through it in a new way.
For a better understanding of Group Analytic Psychotherapy and how it works, please visit the Group Analytic Society (GAS) website and follow the links to Home/Group Therapy.
Individuals can contact us directly, through their GP, other professionals, employers or through a friend.
Individual assessment sessions tend to cost from £50 or so but group therapy is much less expensive and may cost an average of £25 per group so that ongoing costs for a once weekly group will be about £100 per month.
This method of work has been successfully adapted in our consultation service to organisations and teams. Our skills enable people to deal with work issues across hierarchies or with knotty team dynamics as well as differentiate between personality problems and conflicting work demands.