Psychotherapy

The Centre for Psychotherapy offers a number of different psychological approaches for a wide range of mental health problems and emotional difficulties.

The centre also provides:

  • liaison and advice to other Healthcare professionals
  • Education and training – Introductory Lectures, MSc courses

Therapy

Therapy involves meeting with a therapist on a regular basis for an agreed period of time. Therapies may be short term (6-20 sessions) or long-term (more than one year); which may be individual (meeting on a one-to-one basis) or in a group setting (usually with 6-8 other people plus a group leader). The focus may be on a particular issue (e.g. loss and grief) or they may concentrate on changing negative thoughts and behaviours.

Most of the therapeutic work undertaken in the Centre is termed “Psychodynamic” or “Psychoanalytic” - these involve the therapist listening to the person’s experiences, thoughts and feelings and exploring connections between these in the present and events and similar feelings from the past.

Different types of therapy

  • Individual Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
  • Group Analytic Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Psychosexual Clinic
  • Gender Identity Services

How to access the Service

Referrals to this service can only be made by GPs, Mental Health professionals or Social Services through One Point of Referral.

Assessment

Each person referred to the Centre is assessed prior to any therapy being offered. The assessment is to consider whether the types of therapy on offer are suitable for that person’s difficulties. Psychotherapy is not appropriate in every case and it is important not to commence any treatment which may not be effective.

Location

Centre for Psychotherapy