What can psychotherapy help with?
Below is a list of some of the issues that psychotherapy can be used to address:
- Recurrent Depression or Anxiety
- Compulsive Behaviours (such as Addictions & OCD)
- Eating Disorders
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Anger Management
- Childhood Trauma
Therapists who offer this service
Darren & Louise – Psychologist
Elizabeth – Senior Accredited Therapist
Kathy, Ruby & Sara – Accredited Therapists
Leila – Senior Accredited Therapist
Jade, Janet, Joanne, Josh, Sam & Sharon – Qualified Therapists
Elsie – Trainee Therapist
Please visit our team page for more information about these therapists.
Your first session is half price with us (shown in brackets)
(£40) £80 with a Psychologist
(£35) £70 with a Senior Accredited Therapist
(£30) £60 with an Accredited Therapist
(£25) £50 with a Senior Qualified Therapist
(£22.50) £45 with a Qualified Therapist
(£16) £32 with a Trainee Therapist
Further information about Psychotherapy
Whilst the terms counselling & psychotherapy are often used interchangeably, at The Clearing, we use them to differentiate between supportive, more here & now techniques (counselling) & deeper exploratory approaches (psychotherapy). All of our therapists are trained in both & they will be able to advise you on the best way forward when you come in for your half price, initial consultation.
Psychotherapy involves a deep exploration of the issues that you are facing, in order to address them at their roots. Conversations with your therapist may therefore cover childhood experiences, key relationships both past & present, the therapeutic relationship & dreams. Your therapist will walk alongside you throughout the process, noticing the vocabulary that you use, any changes in your posture or body language when you discuss certain things & the themes within your story, all with the goal of getting underneath the surface & developing a deeper understanding of who you are, how you really feel & why then, you do what you do.
Making sense of these things helps us to go easier on ourselves. We come to accept ourselves just as we are. We stop trying to be someone different & forgive ourselves for being human & therefore capable of making mistakes, putting our foot in it & having unkind thoughts.
In time this understanding & acceptance, helps us learn how to better handle our emotions. We are less inclined to block off or ignore our feelings. Instead we start to lean into them, asking ourselves what they’re telling us & knowing what to do to take care of ourselves while they’re there. In this way we become more confident that we can cope with whatever life throws at us & we start to feel a lot more comfortable in our own skin.
The insight that we develop through psychotherapy can also help us to overcome negative patterns of behaviour, as it helps us to make better choices. For example, if we come to understand that every time our partner is away, we feel insecure & pick a fight with them, just so we can test his or her feelings for us & therefore in a paradoxical way, feel somehow connected. The next time they take a trip, we can make a choice to deal with this insecurity in a way that doesn’t lead to raised voices & hurt feelings, such as talking about it ahead of time with our partner & negotiating a way to handle it together, or finding ways to self-soothe, so that we can hold the feeling without it bubbling over into passive (or active!) aggression. The more we practice the new way of being, the more this becomes our natural response & so our previous self-destructive patterns become a thing of the past.
As psychotherapy is about deep exploration, a strong therapeutic relationship is essential. Consistent & regular attendance is required to build this relationship & so you’ll need to meet with your therapist on at least a weekly basis. The length of time you spend in therapy will depend upon the issue in question, your goals & how deep you’d like to go. There is no maximum or minimum number of sessions you will need to attend, therapy is very much a process that takes as long as it takes.