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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. It has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we behave. In turn, our behaviours can affect how we think and our emotions. We work together in changing behaviours and thinking patterns, which can have an overall effect on emotions.

NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) provides evidence-based guidance on the most effective ways to treat ill health. CBT is recommended by NICE for the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression. We will discuss your specific difficulties and set goals for you to achieve. CBT is not a quick fix. It involves hard work during and between sessions. We will help you to decide which difficulties you wish to work on in order to help you improve your situation.

We will also work on a relapse prevention plan at the end of treatment, so that you can continue to manage your own mental health on discharge.

Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment. A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy (by putting themselves in your shoes). They can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have. Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable.

It can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. The counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They won’t usually give advice, but will help you find your own insights into and understanding of your problems.

The number of sessions that you may need can vary, depending on the therapy and the nature of your difficulties. Please discuss with your therapist or counsellor, they will always try and give you an idea of how many sessions may be needed.

The majority of our sessions are offered remotely via Zoom, Telephone, Skype or Whatsapp which means that we are able to offer sessions nationwide in the comfort of your own home.

We have introduced a limited number of face-to-face appointments which are carried out on the outskirts of Barnsley and easily accessible from junction 38 of the M1. Please note waiting lists may apply for face-to-face sessions.

Talking therapies are an effective treatment for many common mental health problems, promoting positive well-being, coping with complex distress, and personal development including self exploration. During the assessment session the therapist will assess whether therapy is a suitable option for you.

If you would feel more comfortable having someone with you for the first appointment, then please do so. 

Please note, unless it is an emergency, cancellations with less than 24 hours’ notice are charged at the full fee. 

The relationship with your therapist is paramount. You need to feel comfortable opening up to a professional every week, and if the rapport isn’t there then it’s best to raise that straight away. We’re happy to find you another therapist who may be more suitable to your situation, issues and requirements.

Home visits can occasionally be arranged in exceptional circumstances. Additional cost of mileage and travelling time would apply. Please get in touch for more information.

Yes, some of our therapists work via phone and Skype. It can be a helpful and powerful way of accessing therapy if you’re not able to travel Yorkshire Psychotherapy Ltd HQ. Just ask when you call to book an appointment and we can refer you to a therapist who offers telephone or Skype therapy.
Your therapist will just need your contact details, emergency contact details, GP’s details and knowledge of any medication you may be taking.

Following the pandemic, we have changed the way we offer therapy. The majority of our sessions that we now offer are via Zoom, Telephone, Skype or Whatsapp.

When a person is involved in a distressing event, they may feel overwhelmed and their brain may be unable to process the information like a normal memory. The distressing memory seems to become frozen on a neurological level. When a person recalls the distressing memory, the person can re-experience what they saw, heard, smelt, tasted or felt, and this can be quite intense. Sometimes the memories are so distressing, the person tries to avoid thinking about the distressing event to avoid experiencing the distressing feelings.

Some find that the distressing memories come to mind when something reminds them of the distressing event, or sometimes the memories just seem to just pop into mind. The alternating left-right stimulation of the brain with eye movements, sounds or taps during EMDR, seems to stimulate the frozen or blocked information processing system.

In the process the distressing memories seem to lose their intensity, so that the memories are less distressing and seem more like ‘ordinary’ memories. The effect is believed to be similar to that which occurs naturally during REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) when your eyes rapidly move from side to side. EMDR helps reduce the distress of all the different kinds of memories, whether it was what you saw, heard, smelt, tasted, felt or thought.

Couples counselling (which can also be referred to as marriage guidance) is a form of therapy that looks to improve communication and resolve issues within an intimate relationship. In contrast to counselling for relationship issues, which can be undertaken solely through individual sessions, couples counselling is a term applied to talk therapy for two people within a relationship.

With this in mind, counsellors who offer this form of therapy should have the relevant training to help them work with the dynamics of a couple. While couples counselling is ideally suited to couples attending the sessions together, if your partner is reluctant you can look to speak to a couples counsellor on your own to begin with. You may find your partner wants to join you after you have had some initial sessions alone – or you may find it helpful to intersperse couple sessions with individual sessions.

In regards to the techniques used, some of the work you do will take place within your counselling sessions themselves – however many couples counsellors will also ask you to carry out ‘homework’. Typically your counsellor will ask you either to do a task or discuss something specific when you get home. During your next session you will get the chance to talk about your homework, discuss any challenges you came up against and how the experience made you both feel.

Like any private healthcare provision, Yorkshire Psychotherapy Ltd offers speedy access to a quality service in a comfortable environment. Private therapy allows you to choose the frequency and duration of your sessions, flexible appointment times, including evenings and weekends and you have choice of the therapist that you see. Our private service is confidential and discreet, close to the M1 with plenty of off road parking.

Yes – all therapists work to the strict confidentially guidelines of either the BABCP, BACP or UKCP. There are some occasions when a therapist would be unable to hold the confidentiality of sessions, these being if they suspect that you or someone else may be at risk or if a court of law requests that they do so.

When you arrive at the top building (signposted Reception), come in the main door and sign in at Reception. You only need to sign your name plus who you are visiting (Yorkshire Psychotherapy) for fire regulations. You will be issued with a visitors badge. If you then take a seat, a member of our staff will come to reception to escort you to our offices.

If you are attending an appointment after 5pm or at the weekend, the main doors will be locked, so if you wait outside reception, your therapist will be waiting for you at your appointment time to let you in.

Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible, if you are too early your therapist might not be free to see you.The assessment session will involve talking through the nature of your problem and how therapy can be of help. You can then decide whether you wish to continue with treatment.

Fees for our private treatments and therapies vary from £75-£125 and reports can be provided at an additional cost.

Counselling and Psychotherapy work best when you have weekly sessions. That’s why we offer therapy seven days a week, to fit around your busy schedule. You may be working shifts, or have irregular work patterns. Some of our therapists are also available weekends and evenings, which may be more suitable for you. We can also offer fortnightly sessions, which can help spread the cost of therapy. To explore options, please get in touch.

Sessions are payable by bank transfer, Stripe, or cash 24 hours in advance of your appointment.

We have specialist therapists who work with children and adolescents. Please get in touch to find out more.

Sessions are usually 50 – 60 mins, however sometimes the initial assessment session may take a little longer. Sessions of EMDR can also be offered as 1.5 hours, please discuss with your therapist.

We accept all major credit cards. Cash and BACS are also accepted.

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