What can we help with?

We provide psychological interventions and support to adults and young people looking to improve their wellbeing in daily life.

Common difficulties include anxiety, experiences of abuse or trauma, dissociation, problems with sleep, alcohol, prescribed medication, other substances, mood, relationships, eating, anger or general self esteem.

You may wish to gain a greater understanding of how your difficulties arose and why they may be continuing, you may then wish to work through these difficulties with an experienced Clinical Psychologist within a safe space. You may wish to work through difficulties as an individual, couple or family.

We can also arrange for sessions to be held via Skype or other platform.

We also provide group work to offer a more affordable option and foster connection to others in local communities.

Please telephone or email for a free consultation to discuss what we could offer in individual, couple or family work.

  • Stress
  • Anxiety, worry, panic
  • OCD
  • Depression, low mood
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulties with eating, body image, identity
  • Difficulties coping with physical pain/illness
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Couples work
  • Difficulties coping with life transitions, life-changing events.
  • Early traumatic and abusive experiences
  • Self harm
  • Alcohol and substance use problems
  • Difficulties with peer groups
  • Difficulties with anger
  • Dissociation
  • Hearing voices
  • Pain
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Sensory or movement functional difficulties
  • work, school and college related stress
  • Medically unexplained symptoms

See the Safe and Sound Protocol Page for specific difficulties that this intervention can help with. Therapy NorthWest is also now trained as a provider of the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP).

How do we work?

We draw on a number of different psychological models to help us to understand how difficulties have arisen and what contributes to maintaining them. This is because humans are (and life is!) very complex and as such we feel we need competence and skills in numerous approaches to provide the best fit to you.

For a greater depth of work Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is recommended. This model is deeply respectful, humanising and all parts of you are welcome in the therapy space. Therapy NorthWest particularly specialises in the internal family systems approach because of its effectiveness and depth of healing in a way that is quite different to other therapies.

Should you not be looking for IFS in particular then we will work out together which model (or combination of models) may be most helpful for you. For example Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or EMDR can be helpful at times, other times being informed by a model such as Cognitive Analytical may be helpful. We may draw on Compassion Focused Therapy if you are very self critical or DBT skills training should this seem most suitable. Trauma can often reside heavily in the body, with feeling constantly tense, on edge, angry, fearful or anxious. As such, we may incorporate body exercises into a talking therapy or EMDR to provide a holistic and evidence based approach. We may provide you with an integrative therapy which draws on the principles and skills held within a number of different psychological models.

After we have an agreed understanding of your difficulties (usually one to three contacts), we will always agree with you in advance the number of sessions before embarking on a therapy.

We will be interested in what you would like to change in your life and what may be currently preventing you from living the life that you would like to be living.

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