Our Approach

How We Work

We believe in creating confidence and empowerment through therapy.

We offer a free initial phone consultation so you can get a feel for what working with Dr Chris will be like. Your therapy will start with an assessment appointment to discuss what you would like to explore during therapy and identify your personal goals, as well as giving you and Dr Chris the space to start to make sense of things together. Dr Chris will work with you to agree the frequency of your sessions, and monitoring your regular feedback along with validated scientific measures will be an important part of tracking your progress.

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What To Expect

Assessment

During your assessment session, Dr Chris will begin discussing with you the difficulties that you would like to explore as part of therapy, and/or the specific areas or skills you’d like to develop within therapy. We will usually ask you to complete some questionnaires to help identify specific problems and get an idea of the best possible approaches, be it online counselling for stress or other mental health issues. Your input will help us to identify your personal goals for therapy. The assessment session also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about therapy and to consider whether we are the right fit for you.

Developing

Your Psychological Formulation

During the initial assessment and first few therapy sessions, Dr Chris will work with you to create a joint understanding of your specific problems, difficulties or needs. This process of ‘making sense of things’ together is essential as it gives us a direction for therapy, helping us to determine what to focus on. It also helps us to break things down into smaller, more manageable parts so things will begin to feel less overwhelming and start to make more sense. Creating a joint understanding of your difficulties is known as a psychological formulation, and it is based on decades of psychological theory and research.

A psychological formulation helps us to make sense of your difficulties in the context of you: your relationships, social circumstances, life events and personal qualities and characteristics. Your psychological formulation will be unique to you. And your formulation is not a rigid construct, it will change and evolve, and we may reformulate over the course of your therapy as our understanding of things deepens.

Our Process

Exploring Formulation

Clinical Psychologists place formulation at the heart of what they do. This is our process.

1. Exploration

This is the information gathering part of the process. This allows you space to safely explore thoughts, events, relationships, feelings, behaviours that could be causing you distress.

2. Analysis

We will draw upon psychological theory to make sense of what is going on.

3. Hypothesis

We will form an idea of what has caused, maintained or is contributing to the problem. The formulation will help us to determine the type of intervention that will best fit your needs.

4. Reflection

Your formulation will continue to evolve over the course of your therapy and we may reformulate as our understanding grows.

Will It Help?

Will Therapy Work For Me?

Decades of research has shown that psychological therapies are an effective treatment for a broad range of difficulties.

Therapy involves a significant investment of time and energy. You need to be willing and open to talk about your thoughts, feelings, experiences, needs, wishes, hopes and fears.

It can be useful to think of psychological therapy as a form of training, and like any other form of training the more you put in, the more you’ll get out. Therefore, motivation and openness are really important. Therapy is at its most effective when you want things to change and feel motivated to try.

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Quality-Driven And Client-Focused

Quality drives everything we do. We will always provide the very best evidence-based interventions that offer a valuable return on your investment of time and energy: that of meaningful, lasting change and a better quality of life.

Measuring Your Progress

Regular reflection and feedback is a fundamental part of therapy. We will also monitor your progress using rigorous, well-validated psychometric outcome measures alongside your individual goals to ensure the best possible outcomes for you.