What are psychological therapies?

Psychological therapies are sometimes referred to as 'talking therapies'. They involve exploring psychological difficulties that are getting in the way of how we would like to feel.

Psychological therapy is a collaborative space to explore your difficulties in a safe and confidential setting. We aim to help you better understand your feelings in the context of your past experiences.

Therapy provides a supportive, non-judgemental environment where you might feel more able to talk openly about your experiences.

Your therapist and you will work together to make changes that you want to achieve to feel a greater sense of happiness, empowerment, or perhaps to feel less affected by particular experiences.
Therapies can be: 

  • Individually with a therapist 
  • In a couple or with other members of the family
  • In a group of people with similar difficulties. 

Therapy may be mainly concerned with what is happening in your day-to-day life or about understanding the connections between the past and the present.

Some therapies may be relatively brief, for example 6 - 10 sessions, but others may involve working together for longer than this. Some therapies last around 20 sessions over a five month period, whilst others are longer and may last up to a year. How long you are seen for will depend on the service you access with us and will be discussed with your therapist early on in the therapy.

Psychological therapies are more likely to work if you feel comfortable and at ease with your psychologist, therapist or group leader.  If you have concerns it is a good idea to talk to your therapist , we are always interested in how people experience our services.