Mental health therapy

We understand that coping with the pressures of modern day living can be hard. There are times in all of our lives when things do not go to plan or life throws us an unexpected curveball.

When this happens you can be faced with problems that are complex and which you might feel you cannot deal with on your own. These worries may manifest themselves as physical symptoms, such as feeling faint, panicking or not sleeping properly, but which can be as a result of depression, stress, anxiety or other common mental health problems.

At this point in time, happiness or thinking clearly again can seem a long way away. Trying to overcome and deal with these feelings are daunting, however we are here to help you to recognise, appreciate, understand, manage and overcome such feelings, allowing you learn new coping skills and move forward in your life.

Our team of psychiatrists and psychologists in London and Northampton each have extensive experience working at St Andrew’s Healthcare, supporting people with mental health problems. Your psychiatrist or psychologist will work with you to understand you; your situation, what you are struggling to deal with and how you would like to feel.

This recognition can be very challenging but it is the start to understanding your problems and changing your life for the better.

Following this stage, your therapist will help you to build the personal coping skills which will help you to recognise challenging feelings. For example, you may be able to recognise situations where you are more likely to feel anxious or experience periods of heightened stress. We can help you to manage these situations more effectively and with a better understanding of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

The psychological therapies we use are evidenced-based, helping you to monitor and recognise your progress. They are recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and championed by our experienced clinicians over many years.

Our most commonly used psychological therapies

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Identifying and breaking out of unhelpful thinking and behaviour patterns which can cause problems such as anxiety, depression and stress.

Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT): Discovering the root cause of your symptoms and moving forward, through the careful analysis of past experiences.

Schema Therapy: A longer-term therapy to help people who do not respond to traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – or who have had relapses/recurring problems.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR): An integrative psychotherapy approach that has proven effective for the treatment of trauma.

Compassion Focused Therapy: Helping people develop compassion for themselves, to reduce anxiety, depression, anger, stress, rumination, feat of failure and body shame.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Learning to understand and accept difficult life events, and committing to change self-defeating behaviour to have a better life.

Mindfulness: Relieving emotional distress by learning to focus on the present moment – rather than dwelling on the past or ruminating about the future.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills: Including distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.