West End Clinic:
80A Southampton Row
2-8 Victoria Avenue
St Albans Clinic:
16 Chequers Street
One to one therapy is performed by drawing on theory from a variety of modalities from cognitive behavioural (dealing with thoughts, beliefs and behaviour) to psychodynamic (where there is an emphasis in viewing today's relationship difficulties in the context of primary relationships in the past). Existential psychotherapy focuses on existential concerns such as free will, responsibility, meaning, death and authenticity. It also emphasises the here-and-now relationship as a focus and vehicle for change in therapy.
We deal with issues such as adjustment problems (death, divorce or relationship break-ups for example), depression, anxiety disorders such social anxiety, PTSD, OCD and health anxiety to name but a few. Some therapy may be exploratory in nature, helping you makes sense of things a little better, bringing things that were troubling you but out of awareness, into consciousness so that you are better able to understand and counter them.
More about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
With aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy, you will be taught strategies to help you cope with stressful/painful situations. There will be an emphasis on learning to gain insight from linking thoughts (cognitions), emotions (feelings) and behaviours (what we do). Change occurs when we learn to challenge and change some of the beliefs or assumptions that appear to be holding us back and limiting our growth. Challenging our thoughts will be supported by behavioural changes that allow us to accumulate evidence to support our new more productive, supportive and objective assumptions and beliefs.
One of the challenges with CBT is learning to interpret our own emotions and physical reactions to events and internal thoughts. This is often quite unconscious to us and requires patience and practice to develop. Many CBT psychologist call these hard to capture thoughts/cognitions, autommatic negative thoughts (NATs) or sometimes, preconscious thoughts. Gaining an understanding of these NATs can give us opportunities to amend them when related to clearly faulty rationale.
Please contact us for more information and to arrange for an Initial Assessment (IA). The IA will cover areas such as personal history, presenting problems, suitability of psychotherapy and the formulation of a treatment plan.
All that is discussed will be treated in strict confidentiality.