Therapies Explained

Therapies from our members

It is worth pointing out the word, ‘PSYCHOTHERAPY’ is an often-misunderstood word.  The definition is simple enough, PSYCHO – the mind and THERAPY – to heal.  So, it is regularly used as a generic term for all therapies.  
But, the word is also a model of talking treatment that is based around Freudian theory and practice and has become to mean a therapy that guides rather than just facilitate change as does counselling.  More intervention and therefore often shorter periods of treatment.  


Art Psychotherapy

Art psychotherapy uses art as a communication, it is generally not used as a diagnostic method.  All ages can benefit from this form of therapy and is an excellent tool to address distressing emotional trauma.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

1. The way people think affects how they feel.

2. And that how they feel affects what they do

3. And this in turn affects how they think...

Behavioural Therapy

As a stand-alone treatment or as an adjunct to many other modalities of therapy.  In simple terms, BA is homework that the client and therapist agree during a session. But, getting to the correct forms of homework takes a skilled therapist.


Psychoanalytic psychologists see psychological problems as rooted in the unconscious mind.
The symptoms the client displays are caused by hidden or repressed thoughts and feelings.

Positive Psychology

During the 1990s, world-renowned psychologist Martin Seligman pioneered a new psychological movement. Prior to that, traditional psychology had tended to have a more negative focus on the shortcomings of individuals.


Hypnotherapy is a treatment for a variety of psychological health issues. Pioneers in hypnotherapy used such techniques to successfully anesthetise patients for a range of different medical procedures and even major surgeries. Now often used as a pre-operation relaxant.


“A collaborative, solution focused, result-orientated and systematic process in which the coach facilitates the enhancement of work performance, life experience, self-directed learning and person growth of the coachee” (Grant 1999, basic definition also referred to by the Association for Coaching, 2005).


Counselling as we understand it today belongs to the humanistic school of therapy and was created by Carl Rogers (1902-1987), an American psychologist who in the 1950s, proposed a form of therapy.  It focusses on the clients’ experience of themselves rather than the counsellor (therapist) telling what was wrong with them and guiding them to better ways of being. The counsellor instead does not intervene but facilitates the clients’ own process of development and change.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

NLP is a method of influencing brain behaviour (the "neuro" part of the phrase) using language (the "linguistic" part) and other types of communication to enable a person to "recode"

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is an acronym for ‘Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing’. EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

EFT - Emotional Freedom Techniques is a relatively new discovery and a fast-evolving treatment within the field of Energy Psychology which is catching the attention of healers, scientists, spiritualists and lay people.


Mindfulness comes from a rich combination of Eastern psychologies. These are rooted in, but not dependent on theologies including Buddhism, Taoism and Zen. You do not have to have any religious interest to benefit from the psychology itself.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is tricky!  Mainly cause its post!  In other words, its something that happened in the past.  Now, sometimes its obvious, a serious accident, victim of a crime, big traumas are easy to remember, to relate the stress back to.

Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT)

Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) is the brainchild of award winning therapist, Marisa Peer, and has been developed over the course her career spanning three decades.

Additional Modalities that are often ‘Add-On’ 

Many multi-disciplinary therapists continually update and add to their therapeutic toolbox with supplementary techniques and qualifications.  Most professional associations expect their members to do a minimum amount of continuous professional development every year.  Often this will take the form of additional techniques such as some of the following.

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