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Taking psychotherapy sounds like serious stuff. When ‘stuff’ is serious, unfortunately people are easily daunted, bamboozled and ultimately manipulated. Anyone considering taking psychotherapy would do well to consider these contentions.

Effective psychotherapy
  • should not offer you more pain on the excuse that this is somehow necessary in order to ‘go into things in depth’
  • should not encourage you to dwell on the past excessively
  • should offer you hope, inspiration and practical strategies for improving your situation
  • should offer some immediate ways to feel better as well as encouraging you to measure and amplify future improvements
  • will not confuse you with incomprehensible jargon
  • should make sense and then more sense of your life
  • will not require acceptance of strange cult beliefs
  • will answer any reasonable questions you may have about procedures
  • should allow you to be more effective in everyday living
  • should not take a long time.

These contentions are important since there is much pseudo therapy on the market from well meaning and even well qualified individuals.

What is psychotherapy?

There are many versions of what psychotherapy might be. It is useful to ask any practitioner what he or she means by the term and also what results he or she would expect to achieve in a case such as yours. Good answers will be specific, not vague - though obviously judgements and predictions about your particular case would not be instant.

Much of the definition of effective psychotherapy we work with is implicit in the above list. Additionally, we suggest that psychotherapy has to be geared to the individual, not a model-bound or ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. We base our work on the Human Givens approach to therapy, an approach that avoids ideology and brings together the best practice currently available in brief therapy with research findings from modern brain science and some of the essence of the ‘psychologies’ of traditional cultures. You are welcome to contact us to ask any questions about our approach without obligation.

What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?

Whilst counsellors and psychotherapists may be represented by different professional bodies (and whilst the term ‘psychotherapy’ sounds like ‘more serious stuff’ as already suggested), there is actually no real distinction between effective psychotherapy and effective counselling.

For what concerns is this form of psychotherapy appropriate?

Psychotherapeutic procedures we use at the centre have a wide range of applications.. Amongst concerns with which we regularly work are:-

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • stress
  • reactions
  • panic attacks
  • obsessions and compulsions (OCD)
  • phobias
  • PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
  • troublesome memories
  • addictions
  • confidence concerns
  • psychosomatic disorders
  • anger management
  • performance concerns
  • life changes

Please visit the appropriate sections of the site to find out more about each of these.

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