What We Offer

Clinical Psychologists are experts in using psychological knowledge and research to make sense of how people develop and thrive as well as how to help with the kinds of problems and challenges that many of us face at some point in our lives. Two processes underlie all of our work, whether it is with individuals or organisations.

Firstly, we work alongside our clients to take them through a thorough assessment process with the aim of developing a shared understanding of what the issues are and what has led to them. This is usually called a formulation (see FAQs on What is a Clinical Psychologist link). We then draw on a wide knowledge of different approaches to work out how best to enable the person or organisation to achieve the changes they are looking for.

Find out more about what our clients are saying about us here.

Psychotherapy

We offer assessments and psychotherapy to adults and young people over the age of 16. Therapy is usually short to medium term (8 to 30 sessions), although we will consider longer term psychotherapy if this is required.

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The people we work with seek help from us with a range of issues which include:

  • Specific Problems, Behaviours or Symptoms such as low mood, low self esteem, feelings of anxiety, phobias, self-harm, emotional instability, anger, stress and disordered eating.
  • Life stressors such as work or relationship issues and adverse life experiences including bereavement and loss.
  • Coping with past experiences which are causing problems in the present including childhood abuse and trauma, the impact of parental conflict or separation, bullying, discrimination.
  • Diagnoses including depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, personality disorder, eating disorder
  • Interpersonal issues such as problematic repeating patterns in friendships or intimate relationships.
  • Personal growth and change.
  • Training Therapies for Cognitive Analytic Therapy trainees.

Following assessment, we draw on different therapeutic approaches and techniques to develop an individually tailored intervention plan. The three main psychotherapies we provide are:

  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) – Bill Bell
  • Integrative Therapy

If our assessment indicates that your needs are not best met by our service, we will offer advice and sign posting about services that may be more appropriate.



In order to ensure that our therapy service is as acessible as possible we do offer some concessionary fees

What is Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)?

CAT therapy can be a very helpful approach in understanding and changing recurring problematic patterns and ‘roles’ in our lives. Examples include repeatedly going into destructive relationships or working too hard to compensate for feelings of insecurity or worthlessness. CAT is what’s called an ‘integrative approach’ which reflects that it was designed to combines features of both CBT and psychodynamic therapies. It is used to help people with a wide range of difficulties. The therapist will help you ‘map’ the current difficulties and identify what keeps these patterns and issues going. The therapy will also look at the possible impact of earlier experiences, both positive and adverse. Together with the therapist, ways of doing things differently which might bring about positive changes are explored and a plan is developed of how this can be achieved.


For more information please see ACAT website

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

CBT explores the relationships between how we feel, our bodily reactions, how we think and how we respond (behaviour). Often clients present with difficulties in one of these areas but may be less aware of other symptoms and how they interact with each other. Together we explore how thoughts and responses might be contributing to these feelings and then work on changing our thinking or responding or both. The main focus of CBT is on the present but understanding past experiences may help to make sense of your difficulties and provide ideas for how to make changes.

What is EMDR?

In recent years, there has been a rapid growth in the use of EMDR in the NHS and other settings. EMDR was primarily developed as a trauma therapy and EMDR is recommended in the NICE guidelines for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder including flashbacks. However, EMDR interventions have also been developed to help people who have a variety of problems including anxiety, OCD and depression.

EMDR uses a model called the ‘adaptive information processing model’. There is some debate about exactly how EMDR works, but there is good research evidence that the approach is effective in reducing the impact of trauma. Following a successful therapy, it would still be possible to remember what happened, but the memory would be much less distressing or vivid.

As with all of our approaches, the starting point is a thorough assessment. If EMDR is agreed as a way forward, there are a number of stages to the therapy. An early stage is called preparation and involves helping you to develop the resources to be able to feel confident about managing the main part of therapy. We understand that the fear of being overwhelmed or re-experiencing traumatic memories can be a major block to seeking psychological help. When this part of therapy has been completed, it is possible to go on to start processing the trauma.

Intensive processing sessions in EMDR therapy usually last 90 minutes.

For Further Information about EMDR Therapy please go to: https://emdr-europe.org/

Supervision

We offer clinical supervision to Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, and other mental health and psychological professionals. Supervision can be 1-1 or in a group format and we are experienced in face to face, phone and internet (e.g. Skype, Zoom) supervision.

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We have experience of supervising:

  • Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, Counsellors, CBT therapists, CAT practitioners and trainees in all of these disciplines.
  • Practitioners from other professions including Occupational Therapists, CPNs, and Psychiatrists on the psychological aspects of their work.
  • Staff working in mental health, physical health, learning disabilities and children and young people.
  • Reflective Practice groups in a wide variety of settings including the homelessness sector and organisations developing a ‘Psychologically Informed Environment’ (PIE) approach.

Supervision can be model specific or more integrative. We are both accredited supervisors in CAT and have experience of supervising both qualified CAT therapists and trainees. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your specific supervision requirements.

Training & Consultancy

We offer bespoke packages of training or workshops to organisations or groups of professionals and have experience of designing and delivering training within the NHS, with not-for-profit organisations such as St Basils and we regularly teach at Birmingham, Warwick and Bath Universities on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate programmes.

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Our particular areas of experience and expertise in training are in:

  • Personality Disorders/Interpersonal Problems
  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self -Care
  • Discrimination and Diversity
  • Introduction to Reflective Practice for Staff & Organisations

In addition to specific training events, we have experience of providing regular reflective practice and skills supervision groups over an extended period of time which can offer an opportunity to embed the skills from training days into every day practice. Organisations often invest in training which then has a limited impact on improved skills in the workplace. This has been shown to be partly attributable to a lack of opportunity to develop the skills required to apply the training in the individual’s work-place. We are also able to offer consultancy and psychological services in our areas of expertise. Working alongside our organisational clients, areas for consultancy range from developing a particular package of training to a detailed assessment and formulation of an organisational issue and facilitating change.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your indivdiual training or consultancy needs.

Testimonials

Individual Therapy:

…your help really was life-saving… (Bill)

…you have helped me getting from A to B by dealing with some very dark moments in my life… (Jeanette)

I wanted to thank you Bill, for listening and understanding… the sessions have definitely helped me to understand myself and …to believe in myself and who I am…

Supervision/Reflective Practice

…It has been a truly insightful experience. Bill has been great. Warm and understanding.

…You have supported me with your wisdom, your warmth and your professional expertise. You have always helped me to connect with my strengths while helping me to grow and develop. Your supervision has grounded and held me. (Jeanette)

Teaching & Training

Really good mix of theory, discussions and practical tasks which grounded my understanding. (Jeanette)

I’ve really enjoyed the training. It has felt like a safe place to explore processes and ask questions. (Jeanette)

Outstanding day of teaching. Really got us thinking and filled a gap in our knowledge i.e. using the therapeutic relationship as part of therapy. Felt like we received a lot of wisdom during the day. Bill also adapted the content to our needs.

Bill is a fantastic teacher. He explained things really well, gave us great slides, and answered our questions thoroughly.

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