Psychological Health

Supporting You In Your Journey To Optimal Mental Well-Being

Offering A Practical, Solution-Based Approach To Life’s Complexities


The stresses and strains of this modern ‘civilised’ world can often leave us in a self-perpetuating cycle of negativity.  By employing pragmatic methodology specifically designed to help you break that cycle, we want to help you take that next step forwards in your journey.

Simplicity is often fundamental to problem-solving, however when life becomes complicated it’s all too easy to lose objectivity and focus.  Utilising Cognitive Behavioural and Stress Inoculation Therapies, we can offer you a sense of perspective that, not only provides you with insight into the cyclical nature of your thoughts, emotions, behaviours and physical sensations, but also gives you the practical solutions required in order to tackle it.

 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Our personalised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is highly eclectic in its nature, with it’s core value being to offer a strong, patient led psychotherapeutic support service which is heavily solution focused.  This programme is led by our Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Keith McCurdy, who has many years of experience in delivering solution focused therapies with clients in both the NHS and private sectors.

CBT is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but it can also be useful for many other mental and physical health problems.  It works on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.

In addition to depression or anxiety disorders, CBT is often used to help people with Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Phobias, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Sleep Problems and Alcohol Misuse Problems.  It is also sometimes useful in helping people with long-term health conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.

We utilise the evidence based intervention tools recommended by NICE to track your progress and improvements, which will assist you in the process attaining optimal mental health.

After initially assessing your suitability for treatment, you will be offered a comprehensive 60-minute initial session, followed by regular follow-up sessions.  Treatment often lasts for between 5 and 20 sessions, on a weekly/fortnightly basis, with each session lasting around 30 minutes.

During your sessions, Keith will work with you in breaking your problems down into separate parts; such as thoughts, physical feelings and actions.  You will analyse each of these areas together to work out the effect that they have on each other and on you, and then how to change any unhelpful thoughts and behaviours that occur as a result.  You will be given support in making small practical changes in your daily life, and then discuss how you got on during your next session.

The eventual aim of therapy is to teach you to apply the skills that you have learnt during treatment to your everyday life, which should help you manage your problems and stop them having a continued negative impact on your life, even long after your course of treatment finishes.

 

Objectives of CBT:

  • Aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems positively by breaking them down into smaller parts
  • Shows you how to change negative patterns to improve the way you feel
  • Deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past
  • Looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis

 

 

Initial Session:  £90

Ongoing Sessions:  £45

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Stress Inoculation Therapy

Another key area we address is how to inoculate ourselves from the stressful world that we live in.  Stress has an important symbiotic relationship with our health and, in particular, our hormonal system.

Stress Inoculation Therapy (SIT) is a psychotherapy method used to help a person prepare themselves in advance to handle stressful events successfully, and with a minimum of upset.

The term “inoculation” is used in SIT in the same context that it is used in physical terms.  It is based on the concept that you are being “inoculated” or prepared to become “resistant” to the effects of your personal external stressors, in a manner similar to how a vaccination works to make a person resistant to the effects of particular diseases.

The length of intervention can be as short as 20 minutes or as long as 60 minutes, with weekly or fortnightly sessions.  In most instances, SIT consists of between 8 and 15 sessions, plus booster and follow-up sessions, conducted over a three to twelve month period.

 

Three Phases of SIT:

  • Initial Conceptualisation

This begins with education about the general nature of stress.  We go on to explore important concepts such as appraisal and cognitive distortion that often plays a key role in shaping our stress reactions.  We will work with you to develop a clear understanding of the nature of the stressors that you face, and then help you to differentiate between the aspects of your personal stressors and stress reactions that are changeable, and aspects that cannot be changed, so that your coping mechanisms can be adjusted accordingly.

 

  • Skills Acquisition & Rehearsal

You are taught various coping skills that are individually tailored your personal strengths and vulnerabilities.  These are taught on the basis of your unique needs and include a variety of emotion regulation, relaxation, cognitive appraisal, problem-solving, communication and socialisation skills, which you can take forwards and subtly begin to implement into everyday life.

 

  • Application & Follow Through

This is your opportunity to really start practising your new coping skills.  You may be encouraged to use a variety of simulation methods; including visualisation exercises, role playing of previously feared/stressful situations and simple repetitious behavioural practice, until these newly acquired skills become over-learned and easy to act out whenever required.

 

 

SIT Sessions:  £30 – £90

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