Types of Therapy
We offer a range of different therapy types and you will be matched with the modality which we feel will benefit you most. If you have a strong preference for a particular type of therapy we’re happy to discuss this with you. All our therapy is done in 50 minute sessions and the appointments are one to one with your therapist (except group therapy, see below).
Within the reliable and confidential relationship offered by our therapists you have the opportunity to explore your memories, feelings, dreams and fantasies in order to gain access to the unconscious mind and to link present difficulties with past life events. You may arrive at a better understanding of yourself, your relationships with others and the nature of your distress. This can lead to positive and enduring changes in your mental health.
Art therapy (also referred to as art psychotherapy) is a form of therapy which uses creativity to explore the thought processes and feelings causing you emotional distress. The aim is to help you use art to express and think about your problems. You do not have to be ‘good’ at art to take part in art therapy; you simply need to be happy to try using patterns, colours and pictures to explore your emotions.
Dance and Movement psychotherapy
Dance and Movement therapy uses the expression of emotions through the body to explore the thought processes and feelings causing your current emotional distress. The aim is to use movement and music to help you express and think about your problems. You do not have to have any experience of dance or be especially fit. Your therapist will work with you to make sure that you feel comfortable taking part.
Psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy
Psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy is based on the principle that emotional problems experienced in the present often come from things which happened in our past. This can be true even if we are no longer fully aware of the things that happened. By exploring your whole life story your therapist will help you to understand, and begin to heal, your current distress.
Person-centred therapy is a model of therapy based on the work and theories of Carl Rogers. It focuses on the way the client and counsellor work together in the therapeutic relationship to identify what is causing your distress. In person-centred therapy you then work with the therapist to explore the source of your distress together, in an atmosphere of openness and without judgment.
Integrative Psychotherapy is based on a variety of different methods of therapy, bringing them together (integrating them) to make the therapy individual and tailored to your needs. There are two ways that the term integrative can apply to the therapy. One is that the therapist will integrate theories from different modalities of therapy to support you in the best way they can. The other is that you will work with the therapist to integrate all parts of yourself into a unified whole and help you to improve your life and mental health.
We have limited places for group therapy and do not offer it as standard to our clients. Group therapy is designed to encourage individuals to use the relationships created within the group to explore their own feelings around relationships and their identity, whilst supporting each other to grow and learn.