Summary of Services on Offer

On offer at The Consulting Rooms are a range of psychotherapeutic and counselling services for individuals, couples and families.

Once you have made the decision to get some help and know that you want this on a private basis, The Consulting Rooms offers you a solution to finding the right therapist. We aim to make the process easy and quick.

• If you know who you want to see, call your chosen practitioner and arrange an appointment.
• If you are not sure about your needs, call us on the answering service on 01453 887650 and your call will be returned within 24 hours.
• A mutually convenient time to meet you at the Consulting Rooms will be arranged for a comprehensive assessment or brief consultation.
• At this meeting you can talk about your needs and together we will decide on the most appropriate way forward.

All practitioners will offer an assessment before starting therapy. This is a two way opportunity for you and your therapist to explore your needs and decide on the most suitable approach. It is very important that you feel comfortable with your practitioner and their approach before you commit to a course of therapy.

What is psychological therapy ?
There are many different types of psychotherapy. Put simply, they are all ways of helping people to overcome emotional problems, relationship problems or troublesome patterns of behaviour. What they have in common is that they are all treatments based on talking to another person about the problems. The ‘talking treatment’ takes place in a private and confidential setting. Confidentiality, acceptance and respect are central to all of our practices. There are restrictions to confidentiality as detailed in our various professional association’s privacy policies and codes of conduct. Please feel free to discuss with your practitioner any concerns you may have regarding the limits of confidentiality.

Types of Psychological Therapies:
• Counselling, short and long term
• Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT)
• Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
• Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapy(CAT)
• Couple/ Marital therapy
• Child Psychotherapy

What therapies are available at The Consulting Rooms?

• Counselling
Counselling is ideal for people who are struggling to manage an aspect of their life and need to talk freely without being judged. It does not involve giving advice or directing a client to take a particular course of action. In the counselling sessions the client can explore various aspects of their life and feelings in a neutral setting, talking about them freely and openly in a way that is rarely possible with friends or family. Bottled up feelings such as anger, anxiety, grief and embarrassment can become very intense and counselling offers an opportunity to explore them, with the possibility of making them easier to understand. The counsellor will encourage the expression of feelings and as a result of their training will be able to accept and reflect the client's problems.

• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT aims to change thinking patterns directly through discussion of how we think and through behavioural experimentation. The therapy is highly effective and is often brief (approx 10-12 sessions) and works collaboratively with the client to bring about symptom relief. The emphasis is more on the present and future than the past. The approach is National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) approved, particularly for anxiety and depression. Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT) is particularly appropriate for people with anxiety problems (e.g. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Chronic Worry, Panic Disorder, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety, PTSD) and also for Depression

•Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Psychodynamic psychotherapy focuses on the feelings we have about other people, especially our family and those we are close to. Treatment involves discussing past experiences and repeating patterns and how these may have led to our present situation and also how these past experiences may be affecting our life now. The understanding gained frees the person to make choices about what happens in the future. Psychodynamic psychotherapy may involve quite brief therapy for specific difficulties. If your problems are long-standing, treatment may mean attending regular sessions over many months or years.

•Family and Marital Therapy
People's problems will often not be theirs alone, but are often the result of relationship problems in a marriage, partnership or family. By focusing very clearly on the relationships involved, and by involving all the people concerned, family and marital family therapy seeks to help those relationships to work better.

•Child Psychotherapy
There are various approaches to working with the many problems of child mental health. A comprehensive psychological assessment will be offered to child and family and decisions about the best approach for the presenting problems discussed collaboratively.

•Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
CAT focuses its attention on discovering how problems have evolved and how the procedures devised to cope with them may be ineffective. It is designed to enable clients to gain an understanding of how the difficulties they experience may be made worse by their habitual coping mechanisms.

How much will I pay?
Practitioners will charge varying fees according to their seniority, qualifications and experience. Many practitioners are approved by the main Insurance Companies and fees, therefore, may be covered. Each practitioner will discuss in detail with you their fees, taking circumstance and frequency into account.

What actually happens?
What actually happens will depend on the approach of the practitioner. However, psychological therapy usually involves regular meetings at the Consulting Rooms at the same time every week or two weeks. In most cases the length of the treatment will be agreed between the client(s) and the therapist(s) within a few sessions. What happens during a session is usually considered confidential to the people in that session.

In individual therapy, one patient and one therapist talk together in a quiet room, usually for approximately 50 minutes. In group therapy, several people with similar sorts of problems meet regularly with a therapist or therapists. These sessions may be longer than in individual psychotherapy. In marital therapy, a therapist or pair of therapist will meet with a married or committed couple so that they can work on their problems jointly. In family therapy, the whole family will be involved usually talking over their difficulties with a pair of therapists.

Are the sessions confidential?
Everything that is discussed in the sessions is considered confidential unless you are considered to be a risk to yourself or others. In addition, therapists may occasionally discuss casework anonymously with their clinical supervisor, as required by their professional code of ethics.

Who practices psychotherapy?
A therapist may be a psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, counsellor, psychiatrist, or other mental health professional who has had further specialist training in psychotherapy. It is essential that the Practitioner you see is appropriately qualified and experienced. In addition, you need to feel comfortable with your practitioner and we encourage clients to attend a first appointment and assess their practitioner as well as be assessed themselves.

All practitioners at The Consulting Rooms are qualified and experienced and insured. They will all be members of the relevant and appropriate Professional governing body and are, therefore, bound by a strict code of Conduct and Ethics. You are entitled to know to which professional Associations your therapist belongs.

How do I know my therapist is appropriately qualified?
When choosing a counsellor or psychotherapist it can be reassuring to know that they work to certain standards of good practice as a professional, as you will be placing a huge amount of trust in them. Not all qualified counsellors/psychotherapists are members of a professional body, however being a member means a counsellor or psychotherapist has met certain requirements set by their member organisation and must abide by a code of ethics and complaints procedure.

All professional bodies differ in their requirements for membership; some require very strict standards for all their members and others provide different categories for their members (e.g. Associate Member, Member, Accredited Member). Counsellors/psychotherapists who are a member of a professional body will make this clear on their profile.

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means the individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

To find out more information about registration/accreditation visit the professional bodies’ websites below. Each will have information on their requirements. This list of professional organisations is not exhaustive.

Professional bodies include:

BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy,

BABCP British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

BASRT - British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy,

BPC - British Psychoanalytic Council,

BPS - British Psychological Society,

UKCP - United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy,

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