Therapy ranges from short term, goal orientated counselling, to a more classical, longer-term ongoing psychotherapy with a deeper and more personal exploration of oneself. We offer a range of therapeutic approaches to best help with our clients’ specific needs.
The approaches we use:
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)
EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION REPROCESSING (EMDR)
VIDEO CONSULTATIONS (SKYPE/FACETIME/ZOOM/VSEE)
PERSON CENTERED THERAPY
The psychotherapeutic relationship can enable people to find a way through issues of severe depression, trauma and suicidal ideation, to name but a few. Our experience includes working with, but not limited to:
Anxiety & Panic Attacks
Separation & Divorce
Bereavement & Loss
Substance Misuse & Addiction
Work Related Issues
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Low Self Esteem & Self Confidence
Life Changes/Life Stage Issues
Emotional, Physical and Sexual Abuse
This list is not exhaustive, and whether you want to explore painful past events in your life, or the uncertainty you are feeling about what the future might hold, therapy can provide a confidential place to talk about your concerns.
If you think that you might benefit from seeing a psychotherapist or counsellor, you’ve come to the right place. We offer face to face therapy in London, Kent and online sessions worldwide.
What Psychological Therapy Approach is right for me?
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)
This approach focuses in the here and now. It provides practical strategies to try between sessions to break the cycle which maintains someones difficulties. Techniques to change thoughts, beliefs and behaviours are offered in order to see a change in emotions and physiology and achieve a specific goal.
Best for: anxiety disorders, depression, low-self esteem, problem solving, minor relationship difficulties.
This approach focuses more on the deeper routed nature of a persons difficulties and looks at how early life relationships influence us now in terms of our interpersonal relationships and how we deal with our emotions. This approach can offer practical tools to try also however it is usually less structured than CBT.
Best for: Recurrent depression or anxiety, interpersonal problems, relationship difficulties, increasing self awareness, childhood emotional neglect, attachment issues, low-self esteem, addictions.
Integrates either the two main approaches above or other evidenced based approaches. Everyone is different and one approach does not always fit all people with the same difficulty. Therefore sometimes our therapists will integrate two or more approaches into your treatment. If you like we can match you with a therapist who can do both of the main approaches above in addition to other techniques so that they can tailor the treatment around you and your needs as much as possible.
Best for: Individuals who do not meet specific diagnostic criteria and who do not have a specific preference regarding approaches
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You may wish to embark on a series of therapy sessions for a number of reasons: to gain clarity on an issue, change old patterns and untangle complex personal issues or for self-development. You may seek therapy as a result of a crisis, or you may be encouraged to seek therapy by family members, friends or colleagues.
There is no typical therapy session. It is time set aside for you, and what you talk about will vary according to your needs. You are free to discuss what you wish, from everyday events, dilemmas, feelings, thoughts, regrets, aspirations, memories and dreams. Your Therapist will provide a safe environment in which to explore your issues and work towards your self-improvement. If you prefer to approach your issues in a more practical way, then cognitive behavioural therapy may be a good choice.
Clients present with wide-ranging problems including anxiety (panic attacks, agoraphobia, generalised anxiety problems, social anxiety, claustrophobia), stress in the work place, work-life imbalances, relationship issues (break-up, divorce, affairs, choosing inappropriate partners, loneliness, life adjustments, marital problems, arguments, jealousy, wedding & premarital issues), sexual problems (impotence, internet/pornography/sex addiction, loss of desire), infertility, trauma (including post-traumatic stress disorder from accidents, rape and other attacks/incidents), obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating problems (including bulimia, binge-eating, negative body image), depression (including suicidal thoughts, low mood, social withdrawal), phobias & fears, addiction, low-self-esteem & confidence, addiction & substance misuse, abuse (including verbal and sexual abuse), and bereavement/grief/loss. At Protea Psychotherapy Practice, the most common reasons for searching for a therapist are stress, anxiety, depression and relationship difficulties
Many types of people can benefit from therapy. Therapy is usually conducted on a face-to-face level with individuals (more recently has included online mediums). However, counselling is also beneficial with couples, families, adolescents, teenagers and children. Our client group spans across cultures, gender (male, female), sexual orientation (straight, gay, bi-sexual, transsexual), religion (Christian, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Atheist and others) and employment groups. We welcome diversity and our discreet and professional counsellors can accommodate a wide client group.
To book a FREE consultation, please phone or email for an appointment time. If you prefer a specific counselling or psychotherapy approach (cognitive behavioural therapy – CBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy, existential therapy, person-centred counselling), we will work with you according to your presenting issues.
The number of therapy sessions depends on you as an individual and your unique presenting issues. Your first consultation will enable you to see if therapy is indicated. Usually you will start with six sessions and review after that. Cognitive behavioural therapy is designed to be short term and lasts 6-20 sessions. Psychodynamic and existential therapies tend to be longer term and many last for many months or even years.
Therapy sessions are confidential with the exception that if you pose a danger to yourself or others, then the relevant parties will be notified. However, you are usually notified of this beforehand unless in extreme emergencies.
We will be available to you at your scheduled appointment time. They are not able to provide an emergency service to you, and you will need to seek other resources for help during a crisis. In such cases, you should contact your GP, the Samaritans (08457 909090 www.samaritans.org) or, if necessary, emergency services.
Friends, family and colleagues may be very concerned about an individual’s well-being and would like to see them have therapy. It is most helpful if the individual in question can make contact themselves, as it is an important step in acknowledging that they may need assistance. We are able to take enquiries from you on behalf of someone else, but you should have their full consent.
Regularity is important for productive therapeutic work. The standard format of weekly sessions helps you make gradual and steady progress. In some cases, a therapist will agree to two or more sessions per week, if you both deem it beneficial.
Complaints should be raised with the therapist directly. If you are still not satisfied that your complaint has been addressed, then you should take this up with the accredited body (includes BACP, UKCP, UKRC). Protea Psychotherapy Practice has full professional indemnity insurance as well as a certificate to practise.
Mon-Fri: 08:00 – 20:00
Sat: 09:00 – 17:00
Sun: Appointments by arrangement only.