Clinical Psychology, Therapy, Therapies, Psychological, Therapeutic, CBT, DBT, ACT, CAT, Counsellor, Counselling, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, OT, Occupational Therapist, EMDR, trauma work

We are a team of healthcare professionals comprising of Clinical Psychologists, psychological therapists and Occupational Therapists (OTs) based in Southampton. We offer tailored therapy from extensive experience working with people experiencing personal, mental and physical health difficulties. We are passionate about what we do and aim to support people to live a valued, fulfilling life.  In order to do this, the therapies we use are researched and evidence based as being effective and follow recommended national guidance.  However, we also appreciate that everyone is an individual and will always tailor therapies to suit your specific needs.

We strive to enable individuals, couples and families to recognise their strengths and resilience and move towards their full potential.  We believe that in order to do this, it is important to create a safe, open and collaborative therapy space in which to explore both these strengths but also the difficulties that keep people stuck. We aim to help people understand where their difficulties have come from, what keeps the difficulties going and ultimately to support you to work towards your goals and a more positive experience of life.

How we work

We believe that everyone has the psychological strength and resilience to overcome their difficulties, whatever those might be. However, we also know that at times, you might not believe that this is possible.  Therefore, we aim to help you begin to see that the life you want is possible by firstly understanding your difficulties and what they mean for you and you life.  From there, we can then find ways forward to address the difficulties.  How we do this will depend on the problem, what you want to achieve and what therapeutic approach fits you as an individual. 

We are all trained in multiple approaches. For example, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). We can either work with a 'pure' therapy, or integrate relevant parts of different therapies and adapt things depending on what will be the most appropriate for you.  This will be discussed during the initial assessment and reviewed regularly.  We aim to have you work with the therapist that has the most experience in the difficulty you want to work with.

 

What's the difference between a Clinical Psychologist, a Psychiatrist and a counsellor?

People often want to know what the difference is between psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors and why counsellors or psychotherapists tend to charge less for their services. 

Clinical Psychologists' training is broad-based and lasts a minimum of six years, leading to a doctoral level qualification. They are trained in a variety of different models and therefore can draw on a wide range of knowledge and skills to adapt therapy to suit the needs of the individual.

Other practitioners for example, counsellors and psychotherapists often do not have doctoral qualifications and their training may not be as extensive. They often only train in one approach, tend to have a more exploratory approach and let you guide the topic of discussion. 

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have specialised in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders. They are able to prescribe medication and will be able to advise on which combination of therapy and/or medication is most appropriate. They may also have trained in a particular talking therapy.

What is an Occupational Therapist?

Occupational therapy (OT) provides practical support to enable people to facilitate recovery and overcome any barriers that prevent them from doing the activities (occupations) that matter to them. This helps to increase people's independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life. “Occupation" refers to practical and purposeful activities that allow people to live independently and have a sense of identity. This could be essential day-to-day tasks such as self-care, work or leisure.

OT's are skilled professionals who find solutions to everyday problems. For example; advising on approaching a task differently, adapting someone’s living or working environment, and finding new strategies to reach goals. An OT will consider all of someone’s needs - physical, psychological, social and environmental. This support can make a real difference to their life, giving them a sense of purpose and changing the way they feel about the future.

OT's use standardised and functional assessments to identify strengths and limitations which then help to build a personalised treatment plan.

 

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