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Talking therapies

Research shows that talking therapies are the best way of treating most emotional problems. This is what we specialise in.

Emotional difficulties of one kind or another are common and can be very draining. As many as one in four of us will be clinically depressed at some point in our lives and many people will experience other psychological or behavioural difficulties.

Life is inherently stressful. It is not always easy to know whether we are dealing as well as we can with the real strains of living, or whether the way we are responding to life’s difficulties is a problem itself.

You may find it relatively straightforward to talk to a professional about the way you are feeling – or you might find the idea rather daunting. While it is common to feel anxious about your first visit, most people feel that therapy helps them – if not straight away, then once the treatment gets going. 

Our talking therapies

  • Child psychotherapy

    Child psychotherapy helps children and young people to make sense of sad, angry, painful or confusing feelings and thoughts.  It usually has a beneficial effect on relationships at home and on behaviour, as children become less preoccupied or better able to concentrate. Most children can then make better use of opportunities at school.  Child psychotherapists…

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy

    Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that looks at the way our thoughts and feelings affect the way we behave.  CBT is based on the idea that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. It aims to help…

  • Couples therapy

    Couples therapy, also called relationship counselling, can help when a relationship is in crisis (after an affair, for example).  Both partners talk in confidence to a therapist to explore what has gone wrong in the relationship and how to change things for the better. It can help couples learn more about each other’s needs and…

  • Dynamic interpersonal therapy

    Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) can help people with emotional and relationship problems. When a person can deal with relationship problems more effectively, their psychological symptoms often improve. DIT is a time-limited psychodynamic therapy. Time-limited therapy happens over a fixed number of sessions. One of the main ideas in psychodynamic therapy is that when something is…

  • Family therapy

    The aim of family therapy is to find ways for family members to help each other. In family therapy, a therapist works with families and those in close relationships who experience problems.  The therapist explores their views and relationships to understand the problems they are having. It helps family members communicate better with each other.…

  • Group therapy

    Group therapy is a useful way for people who share a common problem to get support and advice from each other.  In group therapy up to eight people meet together with a therapist. Group therapy uses psychoanalytic psychotherapy. This type of therapy is concerned with how things are here and now. The group looks at…

  • Mentalisation-based therapy

    Mentalisation-based therapy (MBT) is a type of long-term psychotherapy. Mentalisation is the ability to think about thinking.  It helps to make sense of our thoughts, beliefs, wishes and feelings and to link these to our actions and behaviours. Mentalisation is a normal capacity that we all use in everyday life. It underpins all human relationships.…

  • Psychoanalytic psychotherapy

    Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a talking therapy based on saying whatever is going through your mind. This helps you become aware of hidden meanings or patterns in what you do or say that may contribute to your problems.  Many people come to us because they feel they are trapped by their past and want to talk…

  • Working with parents

    We work with parents who have a concern about their child and want to better understand what their child’s difficulties are about.  Parents can feel ‘stuck’ when they want to help their child but don’t know how to, or feel that whatever they try doesn’t help or even makes things worse.  We also offer support…

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  • Young people

    Being a young person can be tough, especially if you are struggling with personal or emotional difficulties. Want to talk? If you live in Barnet, Camden or Hammersmith and Fulham you can speak with us for free with four confidential sessions. Young people come to us with all sorts of difficulties, so the first thing…

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    Research shows that talking therapies are the best way of treating most emotional problems. This is what we specialise in.

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