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register of psychotherapists.
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CCPE operates a psychotherapy clinic which is open Monday through Friday,
from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
services are available for couple, child, adolescent, family, group and
The range of presenting problems is diverse, varying from anxiety to drug
addiction, and psychotic breakdowns.
A staff of 30 practising psychotherapists see approximately 50% of the
clients, while the students in training see the remainder at reduced rates.
The clinic presently sees nearly 400 clients each week. This number is
expected to continue to increase.
initial assessment costs £50 (concessionary rate £25). This
is a fifty minute interview with a senior psychotherapist who will refer the
client to a suitable counsellor. Fees are charged on a sliding scale,
ranging from £25 upward per session.
can usually be made within a week, and referral usually takes about another
week. Please call the CCPE office on 0207 266 3006 to make an appointment
for an initial assessment.
literally means to 'nurse the soul'; deriving its name from the ancient
Greeks and their understanding of human nature and the psyche.
Psychotherapy occurs when a therapist meets with a client in a private
and confidential setting to explore:
difficulties the client is having or the distress he or she may be experiencing
of a sense of direction or purpose
listening attentively and patiently the therapist can begin to perceive
the difficulties from the client's point of view, and can help them to
see things more clearly, possibly from a slightly different angle. Psychotherapy
is a way of facilitating choice or change, or reducing confusion.
the therapy sessions the client is encouraged to explore various aspects
of their life and feelings concerning them - talking about them freely
and openly in a way that is rarely possible with friends or family - to
a person who neither judges nor offers advice.
provides a client with the opportunity to express such feelings in a secure
place. This can facilitate a release, reduce the pain the client is experiencing,
and deepen awareness as to the underlying causes.
The client can gain self respect and a sense of being of value by having
their feelings - and thereby themselves as a person - accepted and respected.
The relationship between the client and the psychotherapist is an essential
part of the process. Therefore, as trust is built up, the psychotherapist
will encourage the client to look at aspects of their life, at their relationships
and themselves, which they may not have thought of or felt able to face
may be some exploration of early relationships to discover how they have
come to react to certain people or situations in certain ways that contribute
to the difficulties, followed by consideration of ways in which they might
change. The therapist can help the client explore the options open to
them and support them once a choice has been made. She or he may help
the client to examine in detail the situations or behaviour which are
proving troublesome and to find a small but crucial point where it would
be possible to initiate some change as a start. Client autonomy is the
ultimate aim: for the client to make their own choices and decisions and
to put them successfully into action themselves.
the client, this is a journey of self discovery in which they look at
the relationship between their own feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and their
life events, such as relationships, work, etc. The job of the therapist
is to create a trusting relationship within which the client feels accepted
In such conditions the client finds it easier to open up, to be honest,
and discover things about themselves which they had been afraid to look
at. Looking inwards is helpful for those people who are excessively outwardly
oriented. However, others may be too inward in their nature and need encouragement
to focus outwards in the world. In some cases clients are unrealistic
about life and need "grounding", while the opposite can be found
as well - people get stuck in a rut, usually for practical reasons of
security, and are afraid to move.
Therapeutic techniques involve talking, mirroring, relaxation practices,
role playing, visualisation, etc. A technique is never used with the client
unless they understand its use and are willing to try it out. Techniques
are chosen to suit the clients temperament.
can you benefit from psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy can be of great value to those who:
- Are willing to look at themselves
the possibility that they are, at least partly, responsible for the
problems in their lives
motivated enough to put into practice the insights they have about the
need for change
can be beneficial for both individuals and couples and can address a wide
range of problems such as depression, stress, poor self image, persistent
relationship difficulties, irrational behaviour, obsessive behaviour,
etc. Psychotherapy is not advisable for those who are in the midst of
a psychotic episode and who need hospitalisation.
how often and
how long is the treatment?
Psychotherapy can be effective in both the short term (2-12 sessions),
medium, and long term (6 months up to 3 years). The length of the therapy
will depend on what the client wishes to resolve and develop in their
life. Sessions are usually once a week, for 50/55 minutes.