PPCS - Psychiatric & Psychological Consultant Services

Psychological Treatments & Psychotherapies

In general terms psychotherapy, or personal counseling with a psychologist, psychotherapist, clinician or counsellor, involves the development of a therapeutic relationship between trained clinician and their client or patient ('the patient'), to assist in problems of living.

These are "talking therapies" and aim to increase the individual's sense of their own well-being. Psychotherapists use a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavior change that are designed to improve the mental health of a patient, or to improve group relationships (such as in a family).

At PPCS, all of our chartered psychologists have demonstrated that they are able to deliver a range of therapeutic approaches. As part of the assessment and treatment planning process, careful consideration is given to a patient's individual requirements. We make every effort to ensure that the patient will be seen by the therapist most able to meet their needs.

All psychological therapies offer a unique space where patients, in collaboration with their therapist, can address the issues which have brought them to seek therapy. Our experienced psychologists will introduce the patient to the therapeutic process, and explain the rationale behind the model of therapy chosen to address their specific requirements.

Where the psychological symptoms and therapeutic goals are clearly defined, it may be most appropriate for our psychologists to offer short term psychotherapy. All our psychologists are experienced in delivering CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), and this therapeutic approach is widely used here.

Some patients have psychological symptoms which may require a more explorative therapeutic approach. Care is taken to ensure that patients are paired with a psychologist experienced in one of a range of therapeutic models. Our psychologists can provide psychotherapy ranging from psychodynamic to more humanistic approaches. Many of our psychologists find working in an integrative way, better addresses a patient's needs.

As with all forms of treatment, our psychologists will continuously monitor and assess the work they are undertaking. As chartered psychologists, our therapists are able to adjust their therapeutic approach, to meet the unique needs of each patient.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
We have a number of experienced clinicians who may provide psychodynamic approaches.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy will focus on an individual's motivations and drives. Early childhood experiences and the quality of early familial attachments can influence much of our thinking and behaviour in adulthood. Psychological distress occurs when previously unconscious material breaks through into consciousness. Psychodynamic therapy aims to increase the patient's ability to identify the true impulses and motives which drive their behaviour. With greater insight into individual motivations and drives, the patient is better equipped to adopt more adaptive behaviours.

Integrative Approaches
Integrative approaches allow the therapist to fuse together common and non-specific features of psychotherapy, both theoretically and practically, from across a wide range of therapeutic models. An integrative approach is essentially attempting to employ higher order constructs which, in the opinion of the experienced therapist, are better able to encourage the process of change. Based on theoretical knowledge and practical experience, the integrative therapist will provide a coherent model of therapy to address the potential limitations of an existing therapeutic approach which may prove less beneficial to some patients.

Integrative Therapy
The word 'integrative' in Integrative Therapy and/or Integrative Psychotherapy may also refer to integrating the personality and making it cohesive, and to the bringing together of the "affective, cognitive, behavioural, and physiological systems within a person."

For further information or to make a referral please call Deborah Young on 020 7935 0640