What are talking therapies?
Talking therapy is a process that allows you to speak to a trained therapist or psychologist about your thoughts, feelings and any difficulties you may be experiencing. Imagine having a safe space where you can share everything on your mind, from worries to hopes, with someone who truly listens. Learn more about the wide range of talking therapies we offer.
With the guidance of a caring professional, you'll explore your feelings and find out what's causing those tough moments. It's all about understanding yourself more and finding the strength to embrace positive change.
How can talking therapy help me?
Therapy can help with most problems, whether you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health condition or you just don’t feel right.
We're here to support you through a variety of concerns, such as:
- Feeling down or sad (depression)
- Overwhelming worries (anxiety)
- Focus and attention challenges (ADHD)
- Stressful or traumatic experiences (PTSD and trauma)
- Battling habits that hold you back (addiction)
- Feeling unreal, detached or emotionally distant (depersonalisation and derealisation)
- Extreme changes in mood and energy - mania and depression (bipolar)
- Navigating tough times with loved ones (relationship difficulties)
- Struggling to get a good night's rest (sleep problems)
What does private talking therapy include?
At the London Psychiatry Clinic, we believe in making therapy accessible and uncomplicated. Our private talking therapy services include:
- Understanding You: Your therapist will work closely with you to understand the root of your challenges. Together, you'll explore and refine these insights in your following sessions.
- Personalised Treatment: Your well-being journey is unique. We'll craft a plan that might include proven techniques, lifestyle tips, and even advice on sleep, nutrition, and more.
- Knowledge is Power: We'll share valuable information about your feelings or condition, helping you manage them better. It's all about understanding yourself and finding ways to cope.
- Flexible Care: Choose between in-person sessions at our clinic in London or online therapy using a video platform of your choice.
- Quick Appointments: With an average waiting time of less than a week, we strive to provide timely support. In some cases, same-day appointments are available depending on the specialist you want to see.
Whether you need just one session or ongoing support, we're here without any binding contracts. You can learn more about the process of booking private therapy appointments here. Remember, we're here for you, no matter where you are or how you feel.
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What type of therapy do I need?
Choosing the right type of therapy can feel overwhelming, but it's essential to find what truly resonates with you for the best results. If you're feeling uncertain, don't worry. We're here to guide you every step of the way.
Our caring team of medical secretaries are always ready to help you navigate your options. If you'd like, we can even arrange a brief chat with one of our therapists. This way, you can get a feel for their approach and decide if it's a good match before committing to a session.
And if you're reaching out on behalf of a loved one, we're here to assist and provide guidance on how best to support them.
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Free Consultations: Start Your Talking Therapy Journey
Taking the first step in starting talking therapy can be daunting, and we want to make it as comfortable as possible for you. That's why we offer a complimentary phone chat with one of our therapists. It's a chance for you to get to know us and for us to understand how best to assist you.
Simply speak with our medical secretaries to arrange a free consultation with a therapist of your choice. During this initial chat, you can get a sense of the therapist's approach and determine if it aligns with your needs. It's a no-pressure opportunity for you to discuss your feelings, and concerns, or even inquire about therapy for a loved one.
Remember, this journey is all about you, and we're here to ensure it starts on the right foot.
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Types of talking therapies
Talking therapy, often referred to as psychotherapy, encompasses a wide range of therapeutic approaches. Each is designed to help individuals navigate their feelings, emotions, and experiences. Whether you're an adult, child, couple, or family, we offer therapies tailored to your specific needs.
Let's explore some of the therapies we provide:
Cognitive & Behavioural Therapies
These therapies primarily focus on understanding and changing thought patterns, behaviours, and deep-seated beliefs.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): helps you accept what's out of your control and commit to actions that enhance your life, aligning your behaviour with your values.
- Behaviour Modification: change or shape undesirable behaviours through positive or negative reinforcement. By systematically rewarding desired behaviours and discouraging unwanted ones, individuals can develop healthier habits and responses.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): examines how thinking can affect behaviour and focuses on changing thought patterns and processes to change behaviour, leading to improved emotional stability.
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy: focuses on relationship patterns and how your early life experiences influence the way you relate to other people and how you treat yourself.
- Compassion-Focused Therapy: focuses on developing your self-compassion, which can help to improve your self-esteem and personal well-being. It allows you to reflect and understand your difficulties without being too harsh or judging yourself.
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT): gives you skills to understand how two things that seem opposite could both be true, such as accepting yourself and changing your behaviour.
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT): heightens awareness of thoughts and feelings, empowering you to respond mindfully to distressing situations.
- Motivational Interviewing: inspires you to become your own expert and create positive change with support and practical guidance.
Therapies to Explore the Inner Self
- Humanistic Therapy: focuses on your personal potential, free will and self-discovery. Allows people to develop a strong sense of self, build on their strengths and find meaning in their lives.
- Mentalisation-Based Therapy (MBT): explores your thoughts, emotions and intentions, and addresses any negative thinking patterns directed at yourself and others.
- Psychodynamic Therapy: explores thoughts, feelings and unconscious processes affecting the present. It focuses on how symptoms and problems may be linked to interpersonal dynamics and relationships.
- Psychoanalytic Therapy (Psychoanalysis): explores deep unconscious processes and thoughts to understand how our past has shaped us. Therapy aims to improve self-awareness and understanding of what influences our feelings and behaviour.
- Schema Therapy: addresses unmet needs and helps clients break these patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving, and develop healthier alternatives to replace them.
Relationship and Family Therapies
These therapies focus on interpersonal relationships, whether it's with partners, family, or within oneself.
- Bereavement Therapy: helps you understand your feelings of grief and learn how to cope with your loss.
- Couples Therapy: helps you and your partner gain a better understanding of your negative patterns and behaviours, and gives you tools to improve your relationship.
- Dyadic Developmental Therapy: designed for children and families affected by trauma and attachment disorders. It emphasises creating a safe and nurturing environment where the child can explore and resolve past traumas, with a focus on strengthening the parent-child relationship.
- Family (Systemic) Therapy: focuses on improving communication and meaningful interactions between family members, focusing on the system rather than the individuals themselves. Ideally involves group sessions and collaboration between family members.
- Interpersonal Therapy: focuses on improving interpersonal relationships and resolving relational problems. It addresses issues like grief, role disputes, and life transitions, aiming to reduce symptoms and enhance social functioning.
- Sexual Therapy: helps you with the physical and emotional aspects of sex-related issues, allowing you to talk about your experiences and understand what’s happening.
- Therapeutic Parenting: supports parents in understanding what’s happening to their child in the context of their family. It can be beneficial if a child is experiencing symptoms like anxiety, depression, self-harm or behavioural challenges at school or home.
Therapies for Addiction & Trauma
Therapies tailored to help you deal with the impact of a traumatic event or specific challenges, and move forward in a positive way.
- Addiction Therapy: uncovers the root causes and triggers of unhealthy dependencies, whether it's substances or behaviours like gambling or shopping. It provides tools and strategies to cope with cravings, address underlying causes, and build a sustainable, healthier lifestyle.
- Climate Anxiety and Existential Distress: addresses the mental and emotional toll of the climate crisis on individuals, helping them navigate feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, and pressure related to environmental concerns.
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR): helps you process and recover from past experiences affecting your mental health and well-being using side-to-side eye movements combined with talk therapy.
- Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET): helps you confront and process traumatic memories by reconstructing these events in a coherent narrative. Through retelling their life story, patients can contextualise traumatic experiences, reducing their emotional impact and promoting healing.
Mind and Body Therapies
Therapies that emphasise the connection between the mind and body, often using physical techniques or interventions.
- Medical Hypnotherapy: creates a state of awareness and relaxation that lets you focus and concentrate to help you with anxiety or gain control over behaviours you’d like to change.
- Sleep Therapy: provides strategies that focus on improving sleep quality, sleep hygiene and regulating circadian rhythms for optimal performance and well-being.
- Somatic Therapy: rebalances the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems through guided exercises focusing on posture and body movement to help you relax.
Therapies that use creative mediums to help people express, process, and heal.
- Art Therapy: uses the process of creating art to help individuals address emotional issues, develop self-awareness, and cope with trauma.
- Dance/Movement Therapy: uses movement to help individuals achieve emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration.
- Play Therapy: specifically designed for children, this therapy uses play to communicate with and help children prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges.
- Music Therapy: harnesses the therapeutic power of music to address emotional, cognitive, and social needs in individuals of all ages.
This specialised approach integrates psychological therapies with psychiatry treatments to address both the mental and physical aspects of well-being. Medical Psychotherapists provide expert recommendations about what kind of psychotherapy approach will suit you best and will tailor your therapy according to your personality style, symptoms and lifestyle.
If you're interested in understanding how medical psychotherapy can benefit you, click here to learn more about Medical Psychotherapy.
FAQs about Talking Therapy
How much does it cost?
The cost of your appointment will vary depending on your therapist, the amount of time required and the type of appointment. The fees for appointments are stated on all of our therapist’s individual profile pages.
Our fees include all the standard procedures involved in therapist appointments, such as assessments, questionnaires, referrals, feedback, therapy and letters to your GP. For a detailed quote or more information about our fees, please contact our medical secretaries, who will be happy to help you.
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What’s the waiting time for private therapy?
On average, the waiting time for an appointment is less than a week, but this will depend on which therapist you want to see. Sometimes we can offer same-day appointments, or sometimes it can take several weeks (for therapists with a waiting list).
We try to keep waiting times as short as possible. If a particular therapist has a long waiting list, we can suggest another appropriate therapist who has more immediate availability. Our medical secretaries will be happy to discuss your needs in detail and provide an exact timeframe.
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What can I talk about in therapy?
Personal Growth and Self-Discovery
Begin understanding yourself better, exploring topics like:
- Life transitions: Adapting to changes like moving, aging, or starting a family.
- Identity: Exploring questions related to gender, sexuality, and cultural identity.
- Personal goals: Setting and achieving life goals, overcoming procrastination, and building resilience.
Whether it's with partners, family, friends, or colleagues, relationships can be complex. Common topics include communication barriers, affairs, intimacy struggles, and sibling tensions.
Processing traumatic events that have left a lasting impact, such as:
- Past traumas: Childhood traumas, abusive relationships, or traumatic events.
- Recent incidents: Accidents, losses, or witnessing distressing events.
- Post-Traumatic Stress: Navigating the aftermath of traumatic experiences and finding coping mechanisms.
While work can be rewarding, it also comes with its set of challenges. Frequent concerns include workplace bullying, assertiveness, confidence issues, and finding the right work/life balance.
What’s the difference between private therapy and NHS therapy?
When considering therapy, it's essential to understand the differences between private therapy and therapy provided by the NHS.
Payment and Access:
In private therapy, either you or your insurance provider covers the cost. On the other hand, the NHS funds NHS therapy, meaning you don't have to pay out of pocket. However, the type and duration of therapy you receive from the NHS can vary based on your location and specific needs.
Types of Therapy:
The NHS commonly offers Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a primary form of talking therapy. CBT can be versatile, available one-on-one, in groups, via video calls, over the phone, or even through digital programs. While CBT is effective for many, it doesn't suit everyone. It often addresses the symptoms of mental health challenges, but other therapies might delve deeper into root causes, offering long-term benefits.
Quality of Care and Wait Times:
Regardless of whether you opt for private or NHS therapy, the standard of care should be consistent. However, due to the high demand for mental health services in the UK, you might experience longer wait times with the NHS compared to private options.
With private talking therapy from the London Psychiatry Clinic, we offer additional benefits such as online therapy, booking the therapist of your choice without a referral, and appointments at short notice.