Psychological Therapies Service
How We Can Help
We can all have difficulties in day-to-day life and encounter problems that we simply find difficult to cope with alone. You may feel worried, anxious, low, confused or isolated. These feelings and thoughts may persist and become overwhelming.
In these circumstances it is difficult to know which way to turn and you may not want to burden your family or friends. It might be uncomfortable for you to share intimate problems with the people that are closest to you as you may fear upsetting them, or they may be involved in the difficulties that you are encountering.
It is at times like these that it can be helpful to talk things over in confidence with an experienced counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist who will enable you to explore your concerns in a safe contained environment. The aim will be to help you develop appropriate strategies and techniques to cope with your life difficulties in a more effective way.
We offer a range of psychological treatments including brief counselling, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, family therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to adults, adolescents, children and families.
Treatments We Offer
Psychotherapy and counselling can be conducted in several different ways for example individual, group, couple and family work. They are all ways of helping you to overcome stress, emotional problems, relationship problems or troublesome habits.
There are many different approaches in psychotherapy, each are beneficial depending on your needs and personality. It is important that the orientation and style of the therapy and therapist appeal to you.
At The Therapy Rooms we offer treatment from the foremost schools of psychotherapy and counselling. All of which are effective therapies and evidence based treatments for a wide range of psychological difficulties. Everyone attending for treatment, would have an initial assessment, where treatment options are discussed and a treatment plan agreed. With children and adolescents treatment options will always be discussed with parents and collaboratively agreed.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) incorporates techniques such as meditation, gentle yoga and mind-body exercises to help people cope with stress. It gives people greater clarity on what is happening in their lives, improving problem-solving and boosting concentration. People who take a course in MBSR say that they feel more engaged in their work, more energised and less anxious. They sleep better and have fewer physical symptoms of stress.
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was designed specifically to help people who are prone to recurring depression. It combines mindfulness techniques like meditation, breathing exercises and stretching with elements from cognitive therapy to help break the negative thought patterns that are characteristic of recurrent depression.
Long-term courses of antidepressants are typically used to treat recurring depression. However, almost three-quarters of GPs think mindfulness meditation would be helpful for people with mental health problems, and a third already refer patients to MBCT on a regular basis.
MBCT has been scientifically proven to help people with a range of mental health problems such as:
- Anxiety disorders
- Bipolar disorders
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. It can help you, with a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties.
It helps you to focus on the connections between how you think, how you feel and how you behave. CBT targets problems in the here and now with much less therapeutic time devoted to experiences in early life. It is a form of therapy that addresses problems in a direct and targeted way.
The cognitive behavioural therapist looks at patterns of thinking and behaviour and how these patterns are reinforced and maintained by you within your environment. A functional analysis of thinking and behaviour is performed, often using log sheets and graphs to better understand your thought and behaviour patterns in the context of daily routines.
Treatment is generally short term and lasts between 6 to 20 sessions.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)is a well-researched and successful treatment, used to help those who have suffered trauma of all kinds, including: bullying, accidents, abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.
When a person is involved in a distressing event, they may feel overwhelmed and their brain may be unable to process the information as it would a normal memory. It's as if the distressing memory has become frozen and when the person recalls it, they can re-experience what they saw, felt, heard, tasted or smelt. Sometimes the memories are so disturbing that the person tries to avoid thinking about the original event(s).
During EMDR, the distressing memories appear to lose their intensity and disturbing qualities, and they become more like 'ordinary' memories. The effect is believed to be similar to that which occurs naturally during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, when your eyes move rapidly from side to side.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing. It is NOT a form of hypnotism. Even though you are moving your eyes during EMDR, you will remain conscious and fully in control at all times.
This form of therapy encourages the exploration of your conscious and unconscious mind. If you find yourself caught up in repeated patterns of relating to others, when these patterns cause emotional turmoil, psychodynamic therapy can help you make significant changes in how you see and interact with the world.
Often the difficulties that you encounter in your adult life can originate from your childhood. As children we do not possess the maturity for making effective choices nor the independence to do so. As such the methods of adapting that one develops in childhood may no longer be effective for adapting to the world as an adult.
Through guidance from your therapist, you become aware of your present ways of coping that are ineffective in the here and now. You can learn that you now have a range of new options for solving problems, and for your life in general that are based on your maturity and independence.
Both of these approaches to therapy are considered 'client centered'. This essentially means that the therapist does not impose techniques of analysing your past by making interpretations, or by attempting to change your thought patterns or behaviours.
The therapist demonstrates acceptance toward you, which allows you to make your own choices toward improvement. She will stress your worth, uniqueness and dignity while helping you to work toward taking responsibility for your own life and work towards a higher ideal.
Existential therapy is more focused on your search for meaning in your life and looking toward your potential rather than what has occurred in your past.
Family therapy is based on systems theory, and explores the relationships between people in the context of their family, rather than the internal world of the individual.
Exploration is made of the patterns and belief systems held around a particular problem or dilemma, in search of solutions.
When someone in your family has a difficulty this is usually interwoven into the whole family life. Family therapists help family members find constructive ways to help each other and explore possible ways forward.
We are interested in supporting change, not only for you, but also for all of those who are important to you.
- Emotional, Behavioural and Developmental Difficulties and Mental Health Problems
- Worries, fears and anxieties - including anxieties about attending school.
- Depression, sadness and low mood.
- More extreme fears, phobias and habits including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
- Lack of confidence and poor self-esteem.
- Eating Disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia.
- Difficulties with friendships and relationships.
- Problems with managing moods such as anger and aggressiveness.
- Problems that can develop following bereavement.
- Difficulties that result from bullying, accidents, illnesses or other traumas including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Concerns about overall development which may show themselves in school related or social difficulties.
- The assessment and management of autistic spectrum disorders.
- The interplay between emotional and developmental difficulties.
- Parenting and Family Difficulties. The management of sleeping difficulties - including settling and staying asleep.
- Toilet training and bed-wetting.
- The management of general behaviour and temper tantrums.
- Difficulties in coping with adolescent behaviour.
- Parental stress.
- Low self-esteem and lack of assertion
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Problems with managing moods such as anger and aggressiveness
- Chronic pain and chronic fatigue
- Sense of emptiness and unfulfilment
- Low mood, depression and suicidal feelings
- Work related issues
- Personality disorders
- Emotional, sexual or physical abuse
Any treatment recommendations made will be informed by evidence based practice and NICE guidelines.
The Therapy Rooms Regus, Town Hall Buildings Castle Street, Farnham GU9 7ND. Other Clinics: Basingstoke Maidenhead.