We all face challenges in our lives from time to time, and therapy can really help during these times. But there is a dazzling array of therapeutic approaches out there – so how do you work out which is the best therapy for you?
We can help.
Our triage team will help you decide which therapy is right for you or your family member – call now or request a callback to talk to someone in our team today.
It’s so important that you see someone that you trust, and that you believe can help you find the answers that you need.
We choose our therapists because they have a lot of training and experience, but also because we like them, and we hope that you will too.
The evidence says that more important than which therapy you have is who you have the therapy with.
What can psychotherapy and counselling services help with?
We have a nationwide team of counsellors and psychotherapists who can work with adults, children, individuals, families and couples.
Some common problems that our therapists help with include:
Alcohol and addiction problems
Anxiety, stress, phobias and OCD
Body image, eating and food issues
Issues at work
Do psychotherapy and counselling help?
Research has shown that talking therapies are hugely effective and many studies have shown they are as effective as antidepressants and more likely to help long term.
Therapy can work in different ways. Some therapies, like psychodynamic or transactional analysis, can help set you free from difficult experiences you may have had in your past.
Cognitive therapies like CBT, CAT or REBT are more focused on how you process thoughts and feelings now.
Either way, successful therapy should help you to reduce difficult thoughts and feelings, can reduce or alleviate feelings of depression and anxiety and will help you develop a happier outlook.
Therapy allows you to develop an understanding of yourself. Working collaboratively with your therapist, you will begin to work towards a more sustainable quality of life. Jane McNeill BA
How does psychotherapy and counselling work?
Collaborative relationship – the relationship you have with your therapist is unique – for many of us who haven’t experienced ‘unconditional positive regard’ before (complete acceptance of a person, no matter what) this can be truly life-changing.
Honesty – you will build a relationship with a therapist that allows you to be completely honest about your feelings, without risk of social inappropriateness or emotional implications.
Worry free – one reason we often don’t open up to others is we might worry about their feelings – for instance whether they will be upset by what you say or perhaps think you are selfish talking about yourself. In therapy, you don’t have to worry about this – your therapist is there to listen to you and is specially trained not to ‘take home’ all that you tell them.
Your mind as machinery – one of the main ways therapy works is by enabling you to learn a great deal about yourself. During therapy, you will be able to step back and see the origins of your thoughts and how they link to your emotions.
Learning to accept – it’s common to talk about things in therapy that you haven’t talked about before – often these are very painful memories or experiences. By bringing them out in the open, with someone who can make you feel safe, you can finally accept the things you can’t change and begin to move on.
Therapy alongside real life – by bringing real-time issues into your therapy you can learn more about their causes. Weekly therapy allows you to, over time, see how changes in the way you approach or think about things, can affect your emotions and your quality of life.
Learning new skills – several therapeutic approaches, particularly behavioural, will teach you practical skills that you can use in your everyday life to implement real change.
The communication between therapist and client, seeing your story described through the eyes of another, can be a deeply profound experience and enable great healing and change.
Dr Michael Swan is a highly experienced Clinical Psychologist currently working for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in their Adult Mental Health Service. He has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is registered with Health & Care...
What to expect from a therapy session
Duration - clients normally meet their therapist for 50 minutes or an hour every week, for several weeks running. The number of weeks depends on the individual, for some 6 sessions may be enough, for others, 20 might be better and some people stay in therapy for several years. Your counsellor or therapist will guide you on this.
The content of the session will differ depending on the type of therapist you see. You may spend the time talking through problems, you may work with your therapist to develop coping mechanisms and strategies or you may use tools and models to work through difficulties.
Your therapist may keep a level of distance to you – they aren’t there to talk about themselves (and this can take some getting used to!) but rather to listen intently to you. Other therapists will be more forthcoming with self-disclosure – it really depends on the approach they take.
You can read more about the types of therapy we offer in the following pages and our triage team are available for a friendly, informal chat to help you decide which is best for you.
What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?
Lots of people get confused about this and no wonder as there is much debate on this subject between psychotherapists and counsellors themselves!
Essentially, all talking therapies have the same goal – to help you overcome issues that are distressing and improve your quality of life.
Psychotherapists tend to train for longer and as a result, often work with more complex clients or those who want to have long-term therapy (a year or more).
However, many counsellors also work with complicated cases and work in depth as well.
Psychologists also offer talking therapies, particularly the more cognitive therapies like CBT, CAT, or REBT.
Choosing a therapist
One of the most important aspects of starting therapy or private counselling services is choosing the right person to work with as you will need to place your trust in them.
In order for you to feel comfortable enough to talk about difficult things, you need to find someone you feel safe with. But how do you know who is the right person is?
Man or woman? You may instinctively choose someone of the same sex as you, but often working with a person of the opposite sex can be really helpful as well.
The first session – an initial appointment will allow you to get to know your therapist and get a feel for whether you can build a relationship with them. At Clinical Partners we will help you select someone who is right for you and very rarely do we find people want to change, but if you do, that’s fine – we can help you choose someone else.
Ask questions - Don’t be afraid to raise any concerns you have.
What type of therapy? Therapists train in different modalities, for instance psychodynamic, humanistic or CBT and finding a modality you are happy to work with is an important step in choosing a therapist. Read our guide on the different types of psychotherapy and counselling to find out which might be right for you.
Vicious cycles can be created, where the client may, for example, think everything they do is hopeless, and then not surprisingly, they may find themselves either over-compensating for this belief, or withdraw and avoid trying. Either of these behaviours can be unhelpful, so in therapy, we begin to challenge their negative beliefs and begin to start to build on more helpful strategies.
BA (hons), PG Dip Psych, D Psych, AFBPS, EMDR Europe Accredited
Dr Jane McNeill is a chartered doctor of counselling psychology and fully accredited EMDR Europe Practitioner working in London. She is an experienced and highly empathetic psychologist who works with young people and adults with often complex mental...
Why choose Clinical Partners?
Because you can trust us to arrange for you to see a friendly and expert clinician who can help you.
Our Clinical Team of over 200 Partners are based all over the UK. They provide thousands of outpatient appointments and reports every year, and we can usually see you within a few days.
We choose our Partners carefully. They are all highly trained and experienced, but they’re also the ones that patients keep telling us they like working with, as well as their clinical expertise they have the warmth and love of their work that makes them really effective.
If you think that therapy could be helpful to you and aren’t sure where to start then just call us – we’re here to help.
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