We offer assessments, written reports, psychotherapy, and workshops tailored to help you connect with yourself, others and your world.
We are going beyond this to offer online courses, audios, videos and apps to support your journey between the sessions and into the future.
As Clinical Psychologists, we have been trained to assess for a wide range of psychological problems and to make recommendations regarding the most appropriate forms of help.
The process of the assessment is collaborative, as we work with you to explore and identify the areas you would like to work on. Our stance is one of acceptance, care and compassion as we discuss your concerns and think about what you would like to achieve.
We aim to make the assessment process a therapeutic experience in itself, which means that we help you to manage any symptoms that arise in the room with us. This will help you to build the skills necessary to alleviate your difficulties right from the beginning.
By the end of the assessment, we aim to give you a better understanding of what may have contributed to the development of your difficulties and provide you with recommendations regarding the best way forward for you. If we are not best placed to help you – we will be open and honest with you about this.
The assessment session typically takes place over 90 minutes.
Some of our Experiential Dynamic Therapists will offer you a 3 hour assessment, which allows for a larger therapeutic element and assessment of your response to treatment.
Experiential Dynamic Therapy
EDT is Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. It is a form of psychotherapy whose aim is to enable you, in a reasonably short time, to change yourself for the better. You are helped to experience your emotions as fully as possible from within a therapist/patient relationship that is genuine, personal and respectful. You can then come to understand the roots of your suffering and how this suffering is kept alive. It then becomes possible to start healing and work towards becoming happier and more well-adjusted.
EDT sees feelings, emotions, impulses and desires as a deep and meaningful expression of who you are. It uses basic dynamic theory and concepts, but is open to integrate elements of other models to help the patient. It is rooted in the patient/therapist relationship.
Every practitioner of EDT eventually develops a unique style of treatment. Some clinicians have formalised their ways of working into distinct systems of psychotherapy. These psychotherapeutic approaches all share the common features of being psychodynamic in orientation and emphasizing the promotion of healthy emotional experience to foster rapid, deep and lasting therapeutic change.
There is a substantial body of research demonstrating that EDT treatment is rapid and effective, with gains maintained and even enhanced at long-term follow-up.
The Experiential Dynamic Therapies share a number of characteristics. They are all:
- Psychodynamic: they are built on parts of Freudian psychoanalytic theory, in that they work with conflicting unconscious forces within the psyche, with a particular focus on defences, anxiety, avoided feelings, and transference. Other aspects of psychoanalytic theory and practice are de-emphasized and even rejected.
- Experiential: EDTs emphasize the importance of experiencing rather than avoiding healthy emotions during psychotherapy sessions, because simply talking about emotions is not sufficient to bring therapeutic change.
- Relational: EDTs focus on emotional closeness and attachment, and make central use of the therapeutic relationship for both assessment and treatment.
- Transformation-oriented: the goal of the EDTs is to help patients achieve meaningful change as rapidly as possible; for many patients, this means a fundamental shift in their orientation to themselves, their relationships, and the world. While many EDTs retain the words “short-term” in their titles, the foremost goal of an EDT is to achieve significant, lasting change. In many cases, therapy is dramatically shorter than traditional long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Complex Integration of Multiple Brain Systems
A system for maximising strengths and resolving struggles so you can live deeply fulfilled lives. CIMBS changes the way our brain systems relate and interconnect. CIMBS therapy helps the psychological brain systems function independently and at the same time to become fully integrated so we can function at our highest capacity. A typical CIMBS session will activate all the Brain Systems at the same tim to help healthy connections form. The old limited connections are pruned and new brain connections begin to replace them. This type of therapy is powerful and brings change differently to traditional talk therapy.
More information at http://www.complexintegrationmbs.com
If you require a written report, we can provide this. The fee for this will be in addition to any face-to-face meetings we have and will depend on the nature and depth of the report you require.
The depth and accuracy of a psychological assessment tends to increase when information is gathered from a variety of sources. Therefore, it is common during the assessment process to be given the option to complete selected psychometric measures. If available, information from other sources, such as your GP, Psychiatrist, or other professional may also be incorporated; this tends to occur more when reports are written for insurance or legal purposes.