Psychotherapy

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy (also known as “talk therapy”) is a term for a range of techniques used to treat various emotional problems and mental health conditions. If you are looking for psychotherapy in London, our private clinic offers clinically-effective psychotherapy with a range of highly-qualified mental health professionals.

Psychotherapy involves talking to a therapist about your problems and worries in a safe, supportive environment. Talking with a psychotherapist can help you heal emotionally, improve your mental health, overcome social or emotional challenges, improve your relationships and increase your overall well-being. 

Psychotherapy teaches you how to take control of your life by developing healthy ways of coping with challenges. It is an effective treatment strategy for both adults and children.

Psychotherapists are objective and non-judgmental; they are also supportive and compassionate. A psychotherapist focuses on listening to and understanding you so that they can help you uncover the root cause of your problems. They then help you solve these problems by showing you how to develop new thoughts and behaviour patterns.

It is important that you find a psychotherapist that you can trust. At the Blue Tree Clinic, all of our psychotherapists in London will make you feel safe and comfortable during your private psychotherapy sessions.

Psychotherapy can be used in combination with medication and other forms of therapy. Often, individuals find that a combination of psychotherapy and medication is more helpful than just one treatment alone.

At our private therapy clinic in London, you can choose to attend your psychotherapy sessions alone (i.e., one-to-one) or with a partner or family member by your side.

Psychotherapy can be short-term (just a few sessions) to help you manage immediate challenges or long-term (regular sessions over several months or years) to help you work through and solve complex mental health problems.

Types of psychotherapy

There are many different types of psychotherapy and each has its own approach. The type of psychotherapy that’s right for you will depend on your specific situation and needs. 

At the Blue Tree Clinic, we offer several types of psychotherapy in London, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, Family Therapy and Couples Therapy.

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helps you change the way you think and behave. Sessions usually centre around a specific problem, fear or phobia. 
  • Psychodynamic Therapy helps you uncover the deeper thoughts and feelings of your unconscious mind. Your therapist will encourage you to talk freely in your session so that they can look for hidden meanings and patterns in the things that you say.
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy is a short-term, structured type of psychotherapy that allows you to work on mental health conditions that are derived from relationship issues. Your therapist will help you form connections between your current symptoms and your past experiences with others.
  • Family Therapy helps family members improve their communication and resolve conflicts. Your therapist is an unbiased, third-party who will help you and your family members discuss issues and understand one another more.
  • Couples Therapy helps couples work through challenges and gain more knowledge about their relationship. Your therapist is non-judgemental and will create a safe space for you and your partner to explore your thoughts and feelings openly. They will also give you tools to help you better communicate with one another and resolve conflict in a healthy way.

What happens in psychotherapy?

The Blue Tree Clinic offers private psychotherapy in London. During a psychotherapy session, your psychotherapist will listen to you with compassion and understanding as you talk through your problems and challenges. They will also ask you questions so that they can better understand your specific situation. 

You do not have to talk about anything you do not want to during your appointment; however, the more open and honest you can be in a psychotherapy session, the more your therapist will be able to help you.

Some types of psychotherapy focus mostly on offering you the space to talk openly about your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Other types of psychotherapy may involve specific exercises to help you process and manage your problems.

You may find you get quite emotional during your psychotherapy session – it is not uncommon for people to cry or get angry during psychotherapy. However, the goal of psychotherapy is to make you feel completely safe and relaxed no matter what emotions come up.

Remember that your psychotherapist is specifically there to help you cope with and process your emotions. Feeling emotions fully is a very powerful way to heal them. 

Private psychotherapy sessions provide a safe environment in which to express emotion. All sessions are private and completely confidential.

The staff at our private clinic are some of the best psychotherapists in London. You can rest assured that you are in experienced and trusted hands when you book an appointment with us.

What issues might psychotherapy be used for?

You don’t need to have a diagnosed mental illness to benefit from psychotherapy. Although psychotherapy is often used to treat mental health conditions, it can help also help people experiencing all sorts of different life conflicts and challenges. 

The Blue Tree Clinic offers psychotherapy in London to help people with a range of mental emotional and challenges.

Psychotherapy can help you manage mental health problems, including:

  • Addiction, such as gambling, gaming or substance abuse
  • Anxiety disorders and panic attacks
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression 
  • Eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Personality disorders, such as borderline personality disorder or dependent personality disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia

You may also find psychotherapy helpful if you are dealing with life stresses such as:

  • Conflict with your partner or someone else
  • Coping with having been abused physically or sexually
  • Difficulty forming or maintaining healthy relationships with others
  • Extreme mood swings, including road rage
  • Major health changes, including being diagnosed with cancer, diabetes or chronic pain
  • Major life changes, especially those related to loss, such as bereavement, divorce or unemployment
  • Sexual problems
  • Sleep problems, including insomnia 
  • Social stresses, including a lack of confidence or extreme shyness
  • Witnessing violence
  • Work-related anxiety or stress

Sometimes, psychotherapy alone is enough to treat an individual’s problem. However, often psychotherapy is most effective when used in combination with medication.

What are the benefits of Psychotherapy?

Sometimes, it is easier to talk to a stranger than it is to open up to someone you know well.

Psychotherapy gives you the opportunity to look at your problems in a new way with someone who is neutral and non-judgmental. All of our psychotherapists in London will respect you and your opinions and listen to you with compassion and understanding.

There are many benefits to psychotherapy. For example, it can help you to:

  • Manage your thoughts and emotions in a positive way. Psychotherapy teaches how to put the brakes on negative thought spirals. This can help you overcome challenges such as self-harm, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts.
  • Heal your relationships. Psychotherapy can teach you new communication skills and strategies to resolve conflict so that your connections with others are more peaceful and harmonious.
  • Identify what environmental triggers cause your negative thoughts, feelings or behaviours. Psychotherapy can help you learn how to recognise these triggers in your daily life and respond to future obstacles with new, healthy coping mechanisms.
  • Boost your self-esteem, build your confidence and become more self-aware. Psychotherapy helps you become more self-reliant as it teaches you strategies that will enable you to manage your mental health in positive ways for the rest of your life.

What can I expect from a psychotherapy session?

Psychotherapy is also known as “talk therapy” because the sessions are a conversation between you and your therapist. Unlike other kinds of appointments, such as going to the dentist, psychotherapy sessions are not passive – you will play an active role throughout your psychotherapy session.

A psychotherapy session can, essentially, be viewed as a kind of problem-solving workshop. The goal of every psychotherapy session is to help you uncover and process your thoughts and feelings around a situation that is causing you problems. Your psychotherapist will help you come up with new ways of thinking so that you can cope with challenges with more confidence and ease. 

Who do psychotherapists work with?

Psychotherapists work with individuals, groups, couples and families to help them with a range of emotional, social and mental health issues. Psychotherapists work with people of all ages; however, it is common for a psychotherapist to specialise in working with either adults or children. 

Psychotherapists can help people through a huge range of challenges. You do not have to be diagnosed with a mental health condition to book a session with a psychotherapist. People often work with psychotherapists if they are experiencing depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, or stressful life events such as divorce, grief or unemployment. 

How much do psychotherapy sessions cost?

The cost of a psychotherapy session varies depending on where you live and the amount of training and years of experience your therapist has.

At the Bue Tree Clinic in London, we aim to make our private psychotherapy treatments as affordable and accessible as possible while accounting for the extensive experience of our practitioners and the premium quality of the services we offer. The price of a private psychotherapy session at our psychology clinic will vary according to the treatment, the therapist and the number of sessions you book.

Please refer to this page for guidance on our hourly rates. For more details tailored to your specific situation, please contact us using our contact form

What should I expect from my first session?

During your first therapy session, your therapist will welcome you into the room or onto your call. Despite what movies may make you believe, therapy doesn’t usually involve you lying down! Your therapist will invite you to sit down on a chair or sofa, facing them. The therapy room will be a calm, clean, private, quiet space that makes you feel relaxed, or, if you are on an online call, your therapist will be in a well-lit room with a non-cluttered background to help emulate the calm feeling of the therapy room.

Your therapist will invite you to give them some background about the problem you have been having and what you would like to work on. Don’t worry if you’re not sure what to say. Your therapist will be patient and understanding and they will ask questions to help you explain what you have been experiencing.

Your therapist might ask you for some personal information to help them fully understand your experience and what factors might be causing or contributing to it. They may ask you questions about your family, childhood, relationships, goals, work, major life events, hobbies and physical health. Everything you talk about in your psychotherapy session is confidential; however, you do not have to talk about anything you do not want to.

Once your therapist has a clear picture of you and your situation, they will probably explain a bit about the types of therapy they offer, how they can help you and what sessions with them will look like if you continue moving forward. You can also ask your therapist any questions you have.

Before your first therapy session ends, your therapist will discuss with you what type of therapy they think will suit you best. If your therapist thinks a different type of therapy may be the best option for you, they may refer you to one of the other private therapists or private psychiatrists at our clinic.

Ultimately, it is your decision whether you want to consider seeing your therapist. You can take a few days after your first session to decide whether you want to have another appointment with them. If the first therapist you meet with doesn’t feel like the right fit for you personally, there are many other highly-qualified therapists and psychiatrists at our psychology clinic in London that you can book a session with. 

As with many types of relationships, it can take some time before you feel totally comfortable with your therapist. It may take a few sessions before you relax and feel fully at ease with them. 

Know that the psychiatrists at our London clinic are very experienced and will always do their best to help you feel safe and calm during your sessions. However, it is normal to feel nervous or uncertain about your therapy sessions at first. Remember that you don’t need to plan or prepare anything for your first therapy session. All you need to do is take the step to book an appointment, then your therapist will help you from there.

Are psychotherapy sessions confidential?

Yes, in most cases, psychotherapy sessions are completely confidential. Confidentiality is an incredibly important part of psychotherapy. It allows the client to feel safe with their therapist, which is an essential part of the process. 

At the Blue Tree Clinic, we want you to feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings freely and openly without fear of judgment. All of our therapists are respectful and non-judgmental and can be trusted to keep your sessions confidential.

However, there are a few very specific instances when confidentiality may be broken in therapy, such as if a client tells a psychotherapist that they are involved in acts of terrorism, money laundering or drug trafficking. In these instances, the psychotherapist is legally obligated to report this information to the police.

FAQ

What can I expect from a psychotherapy session?

Psychotherapy is also known as “talk therapy” because the sessions are a conversation between you and your therapist. Unlike other kinds of appointments, such as going to the dentist, psychotherapy sessions are not passive – you will play an active role throughout your psychotherapy session.

A psychotherapy session can, essentially, be viewed as a kind of problem-solving workshop. The goal of every psychotherapy session is to help you uncover and process your thoughts and feelings around a situation that is causing you problems. Your psychotherapist will help you come up with new ways of thinking so that you can cope with challenges with more confidence and ease. 

Who do psychotherapists work with?

Psychotherapists work with individuals, groups, couples and families to help them with a range of emotional, social and mental health issues. Psychotherapists work with people of all ages; however, it is common for a psychotherapist to specialise in working with either adults or children. 

Psychotherapists can help people through a huge range of challenges. You do not have to be diagnosed with a mental health condition to book a session with a psychotherapist. People often work with psychotherapists if they are experiencing depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, or stressful life events such as divorce, grief or unemployment. 

How much do psychotherapy sessions cost?

The cost of a psychotherapy session varies depending on where you live and the amount of training and years of experience your therapist has.

At the Bue Tree Clinic in London, we aim to make our private psychotherapy treatments as affordable and accessible as possible while accounting for the extensive experience of our practitioners and the premium quality of the services we offer. The price of a private psychotherapy session at our psychology clinic will vary according to the treatment, the therapist and the number of sessions you book.

Please refer to this page for guidance on our hourly rates. For more details tailored to your specific situation, please contact us using our contact form

What should I expect from my first session?

During your first therapy session, your therapist will welcome you into the room or onto your call. Despite what movies may make you believe, therapy doesn’t usually involve you lying down! Your therapist will invite you to sit down on a chair or sofa, facing them. The therapy room will be a calm, clean, private, quiet space that makes you feel relaxed, or, if you are on an online call, your therapist will be in a well-lit room with a non-cluttered background to help emulate the calm feeling of the therapy room.

Your therapist will invite you to give them some background about the problem you have been having and what you would like to work on. Don’t worry if you’re not sure what to say. Your therapist will be patient and understanding and they will ask questions to help you explain what you have been experiencing.

Your therapist might ask you for some personal information to help them fully understand your experience and what factors might be causing or contributing to it. They may ask you questions about your family, childhood, relationships, goals, work, major life events, hobbies and physical health. Everything you talk about in your psychotherapy session is confidential; however, you do not have to talk about anything you do not want to.

Once your therapist has a clear picture of you and your situation, they will probably explain a bit about the types of therapy they offer, how they can help you and what sessions with them will look like if you continue moving forward. You can also ask your therapist any questions you have.

Before your first therapy session ends, your therapist will discuss with you what type of therapy they think will suit you best. If your therapist thinks a different type of therapy may be the best option for you, they may refer you to one of the other private therapists or private psychiatrists at our clinic.

Ultimately, it is your decision whether you want to consider seeing your therapist. You can take a few days after your first session to decide whether you want to have another appointment with them. If the first therapist you meet with doesn’t feel like the right fit for you personally, there are many other highly-qualified therapists and psychiatrists at our psychology clinic in London that you can book a session with. 

As with many types of relationships, it can take some time before you feel totally comfortable with your therapist. It may take a few sessions before you relax and feel fully at ease with them. 

Know that the psychiatrists at our London clinic are very experienced and will always do their best to help you feel safe and calm during your sessions. However, it is normal to feel nervous or uncertain about your therapy sessions at first. Remember that you don’t need to plan or prepare anything for your first therapy session. All you need to do is take the step to book an appointment, then your therapist will help you from there.

Are psychotherapy sessions confidential?

Yes, in most cases, psychotherapy sessions are completely confidential. Confidentiality is an incredibly important part of psychotherapy. It allows the client to feel safe with their therapist, which is an essential part of the process. 

At the Blue Tree Clinic, we want you to feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings freely and openly without fear of judgment. All of our therapists are respectful and non-judgmental and can be trusted to keep your sessions confidential.

However, there are a few very specific instances when confidentiality may be broken in therapy, such as if a client tells a psychotherapist that they are involved in acts of terrorism, money laundering or drug trafficking. In these instances, the psychotherapist is legally obligated to report this information to the police.