Psychological therapy sessions are available for 1:1 or family-based support on a wide variety of difficulties. We spend time helping to understand what the difficulties are, how you would like things to be different and planning a way to move towards your goals using tailored, evidence-based treatments.
We are interested in tailoring the therapy to each individual and harnessing existing skills and strengths. For example, we have been known to adapt Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) into a Harry Potter, Minecraft or Pokemon-style treatment or used versions of 'Top Trumps' and computer games as tools in therapy. We can work practically and creatively if that is the best way to capture the interest of the young person, whilst drawing on well-researched evidence-based therapies and treatments. We appreciate that not all young people want to or find it easy to sit and talk about their feelings. However, as Clinical Psychologists we are trained in a variety of evidence-based approaches. Please see the section on animal assisted therapy here to learn more about how animals help us in our work.
Counselling sessions are available for adults and for young people over 5 years old. It is also available separately for parents who may wish to seek their own support alongside psychology for their child - with the benefit of coordinated appointment times and one venue. Counselling gives people an opportunity to explore feelings, thoughts and experiences without fear of judgement. It offers a safe, validating and supportive space to make sense of what is going on in your life, and find ways of coping when things are difficult. It is a talking therapy although different methods (e.g. creative methods) may be used depending on someone's age, or preference. Speaking to a counsellor, away from home, school or work life can take away some of the pressure and can help someone make sense of what’s going on in their life and find ways of coping when things are difficult.
When we have enough demand, we are able to run psychologist-facilitated groups. Groups can have many advantages such as providing an additional source of support and motivation, but we appreicate that attending for the first time can often be daunting.
Examples of groups include:-
- Social phobia
- Anxiety management
- ASD groups
- Self esteem
- Chronic illness management
- Self regulation groups