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The Specialist Psychotherapies Service provides assessments and a range of therapeutic interventions in individual and group formats. The services available include:
This service is accessible to patients referred by a healthcare professional.
Once you have been referred, if we think we might be able to help, you will receive a letter inviting you for an initial assessment appointment. An assessment usually involves meeting on more than one occasion and talking to a therapist about what is troubling you. The aim of an assessment is to begin to develop a shared understanding of your difficulties and give you an experience of the way in which we work. Then, on the basis of these meetings, decide whether or not what we offer might be helpful to you. There is usually a wait between assessment and therapy starting. During this time your assessor remains the person to contact if your situation changes. We send a summary of the assessment and what has been agreed to the person who referred you to us and your GP. This is so that they are aware of your involvement with us and can support the therapeutic work as needed. At the end of your assessment you will be asked if you would like a copy of this summary and have the opportunity to discuss this with your assessor.
Therapy sessions usually take place once a week, on the same day and time, for up to two years. These sessions usually last 50 minutes for individual therapy or 90 minutes for group therapy. Therapy sessions provide a space for you to talk about your experiences in the past and present. Your therapist will make links between your past experiences and present relationship patterns and inner feelings and emotions.
Psychodynamic therapies have been shown by research to have positive effects for a range of psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders. Further information on the effectiveness of psychodynamic therapies can be found in Psychological, Psychiatric and Medical journals. Please follow the link below for further information on the effectiveness of psychodynamic therapies: http://psychoanalysis.org.uk/resources/evidence-base-of-psychoanalytic-psychotherapy
Exploring emotions, thoughts and feelings can be a very difficult process and for this reason some people may find that therapy makes them feel worse in the short term. Your therapist will be able to help you to better understand and work through difficult emotional reactions and behaviors during your weekly therapy sessions. If therapy is too demanding or you find that it is not helpful to you, your therapist will work together with you to review your experience and to understand the best way forward in continuing with the therapy.
The Specialist Psychotherapies Service is committed to providing a high quality service within sound professional and ethical frameworks. Our staff receive supervision and regular monitoring to ensure high standards of care. We are an equal opportunity service providing: