Professional Psychotherapy and Counselling in Harley Street

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Private, Discreet and Effective Psychotherapy and Counselling in Harley Street, London W1

We offer face to face consultations in our Harley Street clinic. We also offer psychotherapy and counselling online, via Skype or by telephone.

We are a medium sized psychotherapy practice, with three highly-trained psychotherapists, offering professional psychotherapy to those seeking help and needing to talk about personal, emotional and mental health issues.

Maybe with our help you can begin to bear what you think unbearable…

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice helps in two ways: firstly, our psychotherapists help our clients to understand their behaviour and their feelings; and secondly, our psychotherapists help our clients find strategies for change and for greater psychological well being.

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a talking therapy which involves a dialogue with a trained psychotherapist about issues which are affecting one’s emotional life or mental health. The aim of psychotherapy is to understand and to relieve the symptoms of psychological distress.

A psychotherapist is a practitioner who may also be described as a therapist or a counsellor. To become a psychotherapist a longer training is required than for a counsellor but, whatever the title, the  ambition of a therapist or counsellor is the same; to counsel and to treat those with troubling, psychological symptoms.  The therapist’s job is to help the client understand why they are how they are, and to help the individual find relief from symptoms. As a result of successful psychotherapy, the client is able to live a more content and fulfilling life.

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice offers therapy for individuals, couples and families.  Whether for the individual or couple or family,  a priority of the therapist, is to create a safe environment for the client,  where difficult life experiences can be examined and where feelings can be expressed.  To help create this safe environment, therapy involves certain structures, these include the continuity of working with one therapist, a fifty minute time frame for each session, regular weekly meetings, and the continuity of environment.

One of the advantages of The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice is that with three psychotherapists, we can start that personalisation right from the start, by matching the right therapist to the client’s needs.

What does a Psychotherapist do?

A psychotherapist facilitates the key parts of the therapeutic process;this includes providing a comfortable environment in which to speak honestly and openly, and so to start building trust. A psychotherapist does not judge. The therapist listens while the client talks. The exact direction and nature of the conversation will be gently guided by what is heard by the therapist. One important factor in the success of therapy, is the relationship between client and therapist and it is the job of the therapist – not the client – to make the relationship as easy for the client as possible. The Cavendish psychotherapists meet their clients with warmth, they do not judge and they tailor their approach to the individual client.

Depending on the nature of the issues involved, the outcome of therapy should be understanding of the issues and the behaviour discussed, a relief from psychological pain and a new way forward.

During therapy, the individual will start to realise that there are alternatives to the status quo and are able to look forward to being able to deal with things that they might have thought too difficult, before the process started.

What’s it like going to a Psychotherapist?

Now, more than ever, people are recognising the need to explore difficult feelings with a professional, qualified therapist like those at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice. People are reassured that therapists are fully qualified and accredited and have many years of experience.

When clients are treated professionally and without judgement and they know that they’re in a completely confidential environment, it becomes much easier to talk. Talking and talking in a safe environment is the start.

Talking to a psychotherapist counsellor is designed to relieve psychological symptoms and can generate change and this will bring about a greater sense of wellbeing.  With these goals in mind, The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice offers short term individual counselling and long term individual psychotherapy, tailored to suit clients’ needs.

 

Psychotherapy and Counselling

Our three therapists are trained in both psychotherapy and in counselling. These are different qualifications but the overlap and the combination helps our counsellors to be more effective in applying the right sort of therapy for clients.

Within the practice, we also offer a stress counselling clinic, couples therapy and adult family counselling.

Types of Therapy

At the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, the psychotherapist counsellors practice psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive analytic psychotherapy, focused, short term therapy, stress counselling and couples therapy.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (or “psychoanalytic psychotherapy”) shares theories and therapeutic practices with analytical psychology and psychoanalysis. It is very much at the core of how we have described psychotherapy as distinct from counselling, in as much as it looks at the understanding of, and solving problems with, clients’ awareness of sometimes hidden or unappreciated influences on behaviour and feelings. The solutions come from that understanding and awareness. It is the most complex of the “talking” therapies.

Cognitive Analytical Psychotherapy takes from many different therapies and is sometimes discussed as “user-friendly”. It includes many elements of the above but moves the client forward by exploring effective strategies for the future.

Together with the client, the psychotherapists build a therapy that is best suited to the individual’s needs. Obviously the advantage of making an initial call to The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice is that we have three therapists who have a great an abroad experience of appropriate therapies.

During the course of clients’ therapies the following might be discussed: values and positive behaviour; dysfunctional thinking, feelings and behaviours; very private experiences; acknowledgement of those and appreciation of them as influences; dealing with the present under the circumstances; learning about awareness; future actions which take the above into account.

See also our notes on “The Right Therapy”

Our Psychotherapists

Rebecca Barrie, Rebecca Eyre and Jessica Sinclair are the founding psychotherapist counsellors & practitioners at the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice. Each of our therapists has many years’ experience as a psychotherapist, having counselled people struggling with emotional and psychological difficulties. Each is fully qualified and fully accredited.

Our psychotherapy practice has the benefit of having three therapists:

  • Rebecca Barrie:  UKCP member, Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling & Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy, experience includes NHS, private health, London Drug Agency, The Woman’s Trust. Accredited with private health companies.
  • Rebecca Eyre: UKCP, BACP, BPS member, BA Hons Psychology and Philosophy , Masters in Psychotherapy & Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy, experience includes Mind, NHS Mental Health Trust, private practice
  • Jessica Sinclair: UKCP, BACP member, Masters in Psychotherapy & Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy, experience includes NHS & private practice

See our page about our therapists for a more detailed account of each of our therapist’s background and qualifications

Why a Psychotherapist Practice?

A psychotherapist practice has advantages over a sole practitioner as there is a choice of therapists which will help to personalise therapy for any individual. It also adds flexibility for clients’ needs. It also provides each therapist with colleagues with which to discuss the therapies of issues and the sharing of experience – though of course individual clients are not discussed.

Psychotherapy with a Female Psychotherapist

There are no theoretical differences (and indeed there is no evidence to say that there is any difference) between a male and a female therapist. Neither is judgemental and both male and female psychotherapists aim to make clients as comfortable as possible to allow the free flow of feelings. Most male and female clients make no distinction. However some people do favour talking to a female therapist and if this is the case then our practice is ideal in having three.

There are practices that make a claim about their “female only” credentials but we make no such claim. We are always helping both men and women clients some of who may feel more comfortable relating to their own gender and some of who may feel more comfortable relating to the opposite gender. That may be an important consideration when choosing a therapist.

We acknowledge that there may be men who will feel more comfortable talking about some issues with a male psychotherapist and although we believe that we would be able to give equally good therapy we would stand by the fact that the client must be comfortable with their therapist and would not argue otherwise. It is a truth however that a good therapist does not have to be like their client – only to care about them – otherwise every other aspect of human diversity would exclude finding the right therapist!

Psychotherapist Training and Credentials

As we have mentioned, our three therapist counsellors’ qualifications above and we outline their CVs in more detail on another page, we won’t repeat ourselves here. It is worth noting that when choosing a therapist or counsellor though that the client should understand how important it is that the therapist has the right training and experience. The advantage of our practice is the collective experience that we bring which helps our psychotherapists to understand abroad range of issues both as individuals and as a group. Please, if you wish to speak to a therapist, phone us and we will match the therapist to your issue.

All three of our psychotherapists counsellors are registered with the UKCP (The UK Council for Psychotherapists) which requires to a five year training, a minimum of 450 client hours before registration, the correct insurance, supervision and being bound by a strict ethical & professional code.

Choosing a Psychotherapist

When someone decides to seek help from a psychotherapist or a counsellor, it would be unlikely that they themselves would necessarily understand at that point what different psychotherapists do and what the different techniques involve. And we understand that in most cases that what people seek is help and not to learn how to be a psychotherapist themselves!

That makes choosing a therapist a challenge and at that point a new challenge might not be what you’re looking for. So it may help a little that we have three therapists which makes it easier for the practice to help you from a therapeutic point of view but also from a practical point of view. A sole practitioner may not have an available time for your timetable.

Location and convenience may well be factors bearing in mind that psychotherapy takes many weeks with regular meetings – ideally at the same time.

Qualifications

We have already discussed our psychotherapy qualifications and experiences and of course these are of paramount importance. We hope that clients will choose a therapist who is qualified to give them the best therapy and qualifications as well as experience count but there are other factors too.

First contact

Undoubtedly as the relationship between therapist and client is of the utmost importance it is wise to speak to them on the phone as an initial point of contact and ask any questions that you have. If we don’t pick the phone up immediately, please do leave a message and we will respond within a few hours.

Why would you choose the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice?

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice is a ten year established practice. It is discreet and highly professional counselling practice offering you effective and focused psychotherapy and counselling to support you through your most difficult emotional times.

Because our practice has three therapists, it gives us an advantage over the sole practitioner, as we can offer a wider pool of experience and approaches for anyone seeking help. We can look very carefully at each individual and make sure that we can get the right focus for the right person, balancing psychotherapeutic techniques, experiences and effective treatments.

We hope that in the above notes we have explained our credential and the benefits of our practice:

  • A choice of counsellor psychotherapists
  • Trained in counselling and psychotherapy
  • Depth of experience and breadth of psychotherapeutic training
  • Focused individual therapy
  • A practice which is large enough to accommodate you but small enough to care
  • Central London location
  • Professional and discreet
  • UKCP registration, ethics and standards

Our motto is that with our help… “You can begin to bear what you might think unbearable”

Harley Street Psychotherapists in London’s West End

Harley Street, W1 as a centre of excellence

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice is based in central London, on Harley Street W1 – at the centre of London’s district for medical excellence.  The psychotherapy and counselling practice is at 121, Harley Street and shares its home with Doctorcall, a private GP service.

Medical practitioners in Harley Street require a special licence which goes towards supporting its world class reputation. The choice of a Harley Street practitioner is a guarantee of high professional standards.

Read more about Harley Street here

Psychotherapy Issues

The breadth of issues that we deal with is unlimited, but we have made some notes on many of the most common issues and you can read these on other pages by selecting from the list on the left of this page.

We have sub-divided the issues into broad categories and some are listed as causes and some as symptoms. If you would like to know any more about any of these issues that may be of concern to you – or about an issue that is not listed – then please don’t hesitate to phone us.

See also our Psychotherapy GLOSSARY