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Psychotherapy is a collaborative process whereby you talk through your problems with a trained professional, and work to understand why you are struggling, resolve inner conflicts, improve emotional wellbeing and learn skills to cope better going forward. There are many different types of talking therapy available and different approaches and methods used, and sometimes blended, depending on the needs, goals, and personality of the individual, as well as the therapist’s specialisations. Examples include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Transactional Analysis.

What to Expect

A key aspect to start with is building a relationship of trust with your therapist, and sharing the difficulties you need help with. Then you will decide on your goals and work on them together using techniques appropriate to your particular challenges

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT is a goal-oriented form of psychotherapy that focuses on helping people identify and change unhelpful thought patterns and behaviours. It is rooted in the understanding that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are interconnected, so that by challenging and altering negative thought patterns, you can improve your emotional well-being, and learn better behavioural responses to improve your quality of life.

What to Expect

We will start with an assessment of your concerns, relevant history, and what you hope to achieve through therapy. Together we will set specific goals for treatment. During our sessions you'll learn to recognize and understand your thought patterns, especially those contributing to emotional distress or problematic behaviours. You'll work with your therapist to examine and reframe them, developing more balanced, rational, and constructive perspectives. We may also work towards specific behavioural goals such as gradually facing fears or learning desired new habits. 


In a state of intense concentration or focused attention the mind is more open to a wider range of perceptual possibilities and considerations than when in a fully wakened state. Clinical Hypnotherapy can clear mental and emotional pathways for deeper processing, or acknowledgement and acceptance. Hypnotherapy also enables a deep relaxation, providing respite from overwhelming feelings and assisting healing.

What to Expect

We will discuss your needs in detail and decide on a treatment strategy together whilst building a relationship of trust. During hypnotherapy, you will be made comfortable and guided into a state of deep relaxation, maintaining control of your own mind at all times. In this state, visualization and psychotherapeutic suggestion can be used to help you address the issues and goals agreed upon. On returning to your ‘normal’ level of consciousness you will feel pleasantly relaxed and completely re-orientated.  


N.B. Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Hypnotherapy are often practised together, as they have been shown to work particularly effectively this way, so you may be offered Hypnotherapy/NLP sessions as a conjoined therapy. In this case the balance of each type of work will be decided by you and your clinician together.

Neuro – Linguistic Programming

Neuro-Linguistic Programming – NLP - is the process of examining and understanding how your thinking, language, feeling and behaviour work together to produce the results they do. We each form unique mental maps of reality as a result not only of experience but the way we filter and perceive information absorbed by our senses from the world around. NLP provides people with an effective way to remodel their perception and responsive behaviour in more positive directions.

What to Expect

We will discuss whichever emotions, interactions or behaviours are troublesome to you, their context, and how you would like to change them. Through relaxed conversation we explore the impressions and responses involved and consider the core beliefs which underly these. Together we can reframe them in a realistic but more helpful way, to enable you to feel and act more positively.   

Eye-Movement Desensitising
and Reprocessing (E.M.D.R)

EMDR is a form of psychotherapy used to help people process unaddressed trauma in a healthy way, guided by a clinical practitioner, so that they can be freed from its ongoing impact on emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing and functioning. It involves briefly confronting triggering memories whilst experiencing bilateral stimulation (similar to the experience of dreaming). The memories become less immediate and painful, so they no longer overwhelm you in the present.

What to Expect

EMDR is carefully structured: we will go through a history of the traumatic area at a pace you are comfortable with, consider its current impact and plan treatment and goals together. Preparation involves gradual engagement with bilateral simulation, and creating an internal ‘Safe space’ where you can go at will to feel secure and at peace. We will then focus on the painful memories with the stimulation, and review how these make you feel. In their place we work at installing more positive cognitions chosen by you.

Family Support / Communication

Family-based therapy sessions are offered to parents, partners or family members of clients, when it is felt these would be helpful. These can be used to learn about what the struggling person is going through and how to provide real support for them. They also provide an opportunity to process the difficult experiences and emotions the family may be going through in connection with the client’s illness. Communication sessions can help with sharing difficulties between family members and building more positive relationships.

What to Expect

Family sessions differ according to the needs of the family. They may be parent only, involve everyone together, or different family groups at different times. Your therapist will be there to listen to and give expert answers to your questions, help the family build their own resilience and facilitate good communication and supportive relationships during a difficult time. Family involvement can make a very positive difference both in the recovery of the suffering individual, and in the experience of those close to them. 

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