Psychotherapists

in South London

 

What is Family and Systemic Psychotherapy?

A Systemic approach to problem situations helps people of all ages to become experts in their own lives.† The therapist working with the client uses the clientís own resources to create new solutions to their problems.† We aim to understand how the situation can affect not only the individual but those close to them.† We work in ways that acknowledge the contexts of peopleís families and other relationships, sharing and respecting individualís different perspectives, beliefs, views and stories and exploring possible ways forward.†

 

A Systemic approach can be use to work with individuals, families and couples.

 

A Systemic therapist can help with a wide range of situations.

 

Relationship difficulties note.

Family difficulties (parent/child)

Anxiety issues

Grief and loss issues

Managing psychiatric symptoms

Coping with periods of change e.g. leaving school, redundancy, retirement, children leaving home, birth of a child

Parenting

Depression

 

As therapists we strive to practice in a way that does not discriminate against people on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality age or ability.† A Systemic therapist uses ideas from other approaches depending on clientís need.†



What is Integrative Arts Psychotherapy?

Integrative Psychotherapy is a model of therapy that aims to help you to:

  • Integrate different aspects of your personality such as: affects, cognition, behaviour and body
  • Become more aware and conscious of how past experiences have influenced your personality
  • Understand the defences you use in your relationships with others
  • Be more flexible and free when making decisions
  • Improve your relationship with others
  • Being more compassionate and tolerant with others and most important with yourself
  • Feel more in control of your life and able to make decisions that promote a healthy life


Integrative Psychotherapy, refers also to the process of integrating different views of human functioning and psychological approaches such as the psychodynamic, client-centred, behaviourist, cognitive, family therapy, Gestalt therapy, body-psychotherapies, object relations theories, psychoanalytic self psychology, and transactional analysis. Since each one provides a partial explanation of human behaviour but when put together a wider perspective and understanding of ourselves can be reached. The psychotherapy interventions used in Integrative Psychotherapy are based on developmental research and theories.

 

Integrative Arts Psychotherapists use different art modalities such as, painting, modelling, poetry, music, dancing, drama, puppetry, sand trays and any other form of creativity as a way to facilitate the exploration and expression of emotions, feelings and thoughts when words are not enough. It does not require any level of skill, just curiosity and willingness to experiment with different materials.

 

An Integrative Arts Psychotherapist can help you to explore and manage a wide range of issues related with:


Depression

Anxiety

Stress

Panic Attacks

Fears

Relationship problems

Bereavement and loss

Trauma and abuse

Low self esteem and insecurity

And when you want to grow emotionally and get to know yourself better

 

What is Clinical Psychology?

Clinical Psychology is the branch of psychology concerned with the assessment and treatment of psychological distress, abnormal behaviour and psychiatric problems. This field integrates the science of psychology with the treatment of complex human problems. Central to its practice are psychological assessment and psychotherapy.

A Registered Clinical Psychologist is a legally regulated professional who has a postgraduate (doctorate) qualification.

What is the difference between a Clinical Psychologist and a Therapist?

Clinical Psychologists are trained to assess a range of psychological difficulties and determine the most appropriate form of help, as well as being trained in providing more than one type of therapy. Therapists on the other hand, have had specialist training in providing one particular type of therapy, like psychodynamic, systemic or integrative psychotherapy, counselling, or cognitive behaviour therapy.

What are your working hours?

Appointments are available 8.30a.m. -8.00p.m. Mondays to Fridays.   Saturday Appointments are available dependent on therapist availability.

What is the waiting time?

We aim to offer you an appointment within one week.  Your choice of  therapist will call you within 24 hours of your enquiry to discuss the appointment with you.

How long does an appointment last?

Approximately 50 minutes to one hour.

How many sessions do I have to have?

This can be discussed with your therapist.  You need only commit to the number of sessions you experience as being helpful. Everyone’s situation is different.

How frequent will sessions be?

This can be discussed with your therapist.  Sometimes it can be weekly or fortnightly according to your needs.

Is your therapy service confidential?

Yes we need your written consent to keep confidential notes of our conversations to comply with the Data Protections Act.  The only exception to this confidentiality would be if you or someone else were considered to be at serious risk.  This is a rare event and we would need to break the confidentiality to offer protection to yourself and others.  Therefore we may need to contact other professionals, e.g. GP’s, social workers 

Can I bring someone with me?

Yes it can sometimes be helpful to bring your partner, members of the family or a friend. Children always need to be accompanied by an adult.

Do I need to pay for the therapy?

Yes and this will be agreed with your therapist during your initial conversation.

Do the therapists work in the same way?

We all bring different levels of experience and abilities and draw from different theoretical models.  We are all professionally registered (UKCP and Health Professions Council) and are either trained in Systemic, Psychoanalytic and Integrative approaches.  Please see each therapists’ web page and links for further information on each modality of therapy.

Do I need to be good at a drawing or painting to use the art therapy?

No.  One of the reasons for using arts in therapy is to facilitate the expression of feelings and ideas. All creations can be explored and they do not need to follow any standards of perfection or technique. Your therapist will support and guide you in the process.

What happens at the first appointment?

At this session it is an opportunity to meet your therapist.  It is a time where you can discuss your issues and evaluate together whether our service may be useful to you in achieving your goals and desired outcomes.