Mental Health

Mental Health

Our multi-disciplinary team is made up of counsellors, CBT registered Therapists, EMDR therapists and Consultant Psychiatrists.  The team have a wide range of specialist skills and experience including GMC appointed medical supervisors and assessors.

They provide psychological therapy and emotional support to individuals aged ten upwards. The team offers an effective approach to assisting you to address your difficulties. With strong working relationships between our psychiatrists and psychotherapists, and a high level of mutual trust and respect, you know you’re in good hands.

What We Can Do For You

Working alongside Consultant Psychiatrists means we can use a joined up approach by first assessing your needs and then developing a plan of care to help you achieve your goals. The process is smooth and quick. So whether you arrive at The Therapy Company seeing a Consultant Psychiatrist or a Therapist, you can be confident you will have access to both, should you need it. However, it is important to highlight, not everyone needs to see a psychiatrist and vice versa and we will help you identify the best route for you.

All our therapists are fully trained and qualified in their specialism and accredited with a relevant governing body. Several of our therapists are registered with BUPA, AXA and most insurance companies, just check with us before you seek authorisation from your provider to commence therapy.

Whilst our Consultant Psychiatrists work from our Preston location only, ongoing therapy sessions can take place in any one of our three locations.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Your guide to CBT

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an approach that helps people to develop skills to overcome their problems. It is useful in helping people with phobias, anxiety problems, depression, trauma, eating disorders, habit disorders and many others.

How does it work?

The therapy works by helping you examine the content of your thoughts or cognitions and how these affect your behaviour and lead to your emotional and/or physical problems. Then by using problem solving behavioural and psychological techniques, CBT helps you recognise that these thoughts are no longer relevant to new situations and consequently problematic thoughts and behaviours are replaced with more appropriate ones. In addition to dealing with present problems, you will learn skills to deal with problems that may arise in the future.

 

What will happen in the therapy sessions?

The therapist will work with you in the following ways:

  • To understand the beliefs and underlying assumptions you have about yourself and those around you;
  • To understand how these affect your current behaviour, feelings and thoughts;
  • To try and change those thoughts and behaviours which cause your problem.

Some elements of your treatment will take place outside the therapy sessions at home, work and in your leisure time. So, you may be asked to complete questionnaires or to keep records and report back on what happens away from the sessions.

Counselling

Your guide to Counselling

Counselling is a generic term used alongside psychotherapy to describe a ‘talking therapy’. People choose ‘counselling’ firstly because it is a widely used term, and therefore seen as therapy to bring about emotional relief, understanding and acceptance or resolution of emotional distress in their life. Counselling involves meeting with a counsellor on a regular basis in order to discuss your difficulties, find solutions and regain good psychological health. The relationship is unequal in that you are there to address your own difficulties and not those of the counsellor, consequently you will have limited knowledge of your counsellor’s lifestyle and relationships.

How does it work?

Our counsellors are trained in person-centred counselling, an approach devised by Carl Rogers. The approach is based on the idea that a client enters into a relationship with a counsellor where the client is allowed to freely express emotions and feelings. This enables the client to come to terms with the negative feelings that may have caused emotional problems, and develop personal skills to manage these feelings. The objective is for the client to become able to see themselves as a person with power and freedom to change. Counselling can take place on a one to one basis, or as in couple counselling, where the couple meet with the counsellor to resolve relationship issues such as conflicts and challenges causing unnecessary and unbearable strain in a relationship.

 

 

What will happen in the Counselling session?

In the first session, the counsellor will need to find out more about you, to understand your difficulties, how long you have had them and what your goals are for the future and your expectations of the counselling. It may be that your counsellor recommends another type of ‘talking therapy’ more suited to your needs and, in some cases they may refer you to another therapist. However, the choice is yours and it is important to make sure your needs will be met appropriately.

Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing

Your guide to EMDR or Trauma Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an approach that helps people to overcome long term emotional distress to deal with past traumatic events that have gone unprocessed or processed in a negative way and consequently incorporated into an individual’s cognitive processes.. It is generally used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but can also successfully treat phobias, anxiety problems, grief and bereavement. It can also help us process unsettling or disturbing feelings arising out of unpleasant situations such as arguments. For example, if a person’s neuro-pathways mean that a particular trigger (visual or otherwise) creates a negative emotion or response, it is so automatic, that thinking differently is not always an option. Counselling can help them try to accept it and understand it but not overcome it. In the same way CBT strategies are unable to challenge the belief and encourage the person to think differently, because the choice to think differently is simply not there.

 

How does it work?

EMDR unblocks the memory, images, triggers and all other associated elements from a traumatic experience and enables the person to process them healthily. It is not hypnotherapy and it is not re-traumatising as the present day/here and now is maintained throughout the therapy sessions. It is based on the research that rapid eye movement (REM) naturally occurs when we sleep to process our thoughts and feelings. When we experience a traumatic event, we can overwhelm our brain and become unable to process the thoughts and feelings associated with the event. The negative disturbing memory stays with us and may result in long-term emotional problems. EMDR kick starts rapid eye movement and allows this natural process to resolve these negative memories.

Watch this short video from the EMDR Association CLICK HERE

Watch this short video from the EMDR Association CLICK HERE

 

What will happen in the EMDR session?

The therapist will help you identify the disturbing images, thoughts and feelings associated with your psychological problem. The images will not be difficult to identify as they usually occur as flashbacks, however the feelings and thoughts at the time can be more difficult. However, it is important to note that you will not be expected to talk in detail about the situation or event. The purpose of EMDR is help you manage your memories and to not feel as disturbed or upset by them in the future.

Using the information you have provided and rapid eye moments you will begin to kick start the desensitisation of your emotions of the memory. You will be asked at regular intervals to report anything you feel, think or recall. You are in control of the situation, and can stop the eye movements at any stage. The reprocessing element of the therapy takes place in conjunction with this, as you find EMDR replaces negative beliefs with more positive, healthier ones.