Psychotherapy covers a wide range of talking therapies. They are carried out by our trained practitioners over a mid to long-term basis in our London clinics. The fundamental aim is to achieve a positive mindset and an improved sense of well-being. With a psychotherapist you may discuss life events (past and present), feelings, emotions, relationships, negative ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour. Our private therapists provide a safe, confidential, gentle and non-judgemental setting in which to help you explore your issue(s) and identify the best coping mechanisms.
The psychotherapists at Psymplicity Healthcare have all been trained for a minimum of five years. They have undergone personal therapy and continue to stay attuned to theraputic codes of best practice. This forms a crucial part of their ongoing personal development.
These critical insights mean that they have an in-depth understanding of how people function. Indeed, they may look at how your childhood experience’s affect your life and will assist you in addressing your mental health issues. Working on a client-by-client basis allows us to bring fundamental and lasting changes to your life.
Pychotherapy has a long history and have been esteemed and practiced since the ancient Greek times. The word psychotherapy originates from the Ancient Greek words ‘psyche’, which means “breath”, “spirit” or “soul”, and ‘therapeia’ which means “healing” or “medical treatment.” In the beginning of the 20th century, psychiatrists Freud and Jung increased the profile of psychiatry and psychotherapy within the medical profession and society at large and their methods became credible and accepted ways to treat mental health and to promote wellbeing. Their psychological approaches inform many of the therapies practised today. However, while films might depict a stereotypical image of a silent unresponsive therapist and a client lying on a couch, therapeutic approaches have developed greatly and are much more interactive and conversational these days.
Please note: The list above is extensive but not limited to all the conditions we can treat.
We seek to provide the most suitable therapy for your needs. As a result, we listen and assess your personal situation so that we can deliver treatments that are specifically tailored to your requirements. This may include an integrative, psychodynamic or Gestalt psychotherapy approach.
Our private psychotherapy sessions are evidence-based. This means that they are scientifically proven to be effective. Recent studies have also shown that it is the level of trust, safety and care in the therapeutic relationship, which plays the biggest part in healing. As a result, we give importance to whichever therapy or therapist you feel drawn to. We take your wellbeing very seriously and this means recognising your potential to be the most important authority on yourself. We assist you to make empowered decisions, with our knowledgeable support, right from the start.
After considered research and review we have carefully chosen to offer a range of therapeutic approaches:
It is important that you are able to commit to weekly sessions so that your psychotherapist can support you fully and to feel a sense of continuity and progress. They hold the same space at the same time every week especially for you. The constancy of this therapeutic boundary provides the reassurance and safety needed to uncover and explore sometimes challenging material.
Although it’s not possible to predict exactly how long psychotherapy will take, your therapist can certainly give you an indication. Some therapies take some months and others take some years. It depends on how recent the issue is and what you want to get out of therapy. Psychotherapy explores the underlying causes of your anxiety in order to achieve a long-term reduction in symptoms. Those issues originating in childhood may take longer to resolve than those that have recently occurred, such as from a job loss. Still, there is no hard and fast rule about how long therapy will take and, ultimately, you decide. In your first session your therapist and you will agree on an initial number of sessions after which you can assess the work you completed and negotiate the next steps.
We believe that consulting a psychotherapist who is comfortable and proficient with your type of issue and with whom you feel at ease is the more important consideration. We value your sense of wellbeing and recognise that it forms the basis in creating an effective therapeutic partnership. Therefore, if you do have a preference we will do our best to accommodate this.
Should you feel strongly after an initial session or two that you are not able to work with your psychotherapist then we will be happy to arrange for you to see an alternative practitioner. Our Care Co-ordinator is a qualified therapist will do their utmost to satisfy your needs and expectations.
Your psychotherapist works according to the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct. The UKCP is the professional organisation that psychotherapists join once they have completed their training, which includes 500 hours of client sessions at various clinical settings, supervision, academic writing and often many years of personal therapy. Your psychotherapist will have a unique UKCP membership number that you can check on their accredited profile. As members they abide by the UKCP Code of Ethics which includes: keeping a client’s best interests in mind at all times; respecting equality and diversity; respecting confidentiality; professional conduct; appropriate skills and expertise; integrity; indemnity insurance; and an awareness of complaints procedures, amongst others.
Your psychotherapist does not view themselves as knowing better than you what you need, although they do of course have much more training, experience and knowledge of mental health than the average person. They work on the assumption that with their expert facilitation you can find the resources and creativity to achieve the appropriate solutions for you at this time in your life. In the process you also gain a sense of empowerment and confidence. Therefore unlike going to see a doctor where you are diagnosed and prescribed treatment, with a psychotherapist or counsellor you are not passively ‘cured’ but invited to take an active role and curiosity in your own development.
Today psychotherapists view the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative one. They will not preach, advise, persuade or judge and are respectful of culture, religion, gender, ethnicity, sexuality and background. Clients are often worried about what is expected of them in therapy. There is no single ‘right’ way of being a client. Your psychotherapist will do their best to create a safe environment where you feel accepted and, over time, comfortable enough to express yourself. Each therapy is a unique process that is developed over time by the psychotherapist and the client. This includes a delicate balance of listening, empathising and exploring as well as some gentle challenging to experiment with new forms of behaviour, at a pace that is comfortable for you.
You might worry that the issue you are bringing to psychotherapy is either too small or too much for your psychotherapist. We believe that if something is troubling you then it is worthy of being taken seriously, however small you fear it is. Equally, psychotherapists are especially trained to deal with all sorts of intense feelings, thoughts and behaviours without judging. They attend regular clinical supervision with highly experienced supervising therapists who support them to effectively handle all types of material that a client brings.
It sometimes happens that you have a reaction to the therapy. For example, you may have more intense emotions such as anxiety or sadness as memories are stirred. You might also compare the therapy to past experiences or feel ambivalent. This should only be temporary and is in fact a good indication that meaningful material has been touched on. In this case we suggest discussing your feelings with your therapist and asking them to adjust the pace to suit you instead. On the other hand if you don’t have any particular after effects or only positive feelings then this does not mean the therapy is not working. Please do bring up any issues with your therapist as any experience is grist for the mill and transparency is important to get the most out of therapy. After the agreed sessions you and your private psychotherapist can evaluate how you are doing in relation to your theme and re-contract for a set additional amount of sessions. There is no limit on how many sessions you can have.
When you want to end psychotherapy it is important to let your therapist know with enough notice so that the two of you can discuss your decision. This time enables you to clarify your reasons as well as to evaluate your work in order to consolidate what you have learned. This gives you the opportunity to celebrate your progress and to address the ending of a therapeutic relationship that may well have been deeply significant.
Your therapist and you might decide on a follow-up session some weeks after ending. This ‘safety-net’ means you have a definite date to look forward to where you can touch base with your therapist, discuss your progress and any challenges you have been experiencing. Your care co-ordinator is also available even after you have finished therapy if you ever wish to discuss further treatment.
Should you wish to return to psychotherapy at any time then that is possible. You can see either the same psychotherapist, subject to availability, or another practitioner. You care co-ordinator will be able to discuss this with you.
According to the UKCP’s Code of Ethics, the psychotherapist commits to respecting their clients’ confidentiality and to providing a safe therapy setting. We are aware that information shared often feels very sensitive, particularly if it has not been discussed before. Clients may have feelings of shame or fears of judgement however it is the role of a psychotherapist not to judge. There are a few reasons why a psychotherapist might need to breach confidentiality but this would be discussed with you first. At your first session, your psychotherapist will tell you more about this.