What does a therapist do?
A therapist will support you to introduce changes that help you address the difficulties you identify. Changes might include helping you feel differently about yourself and others, addressing issues more constructively, and behaving differently. For instance, relating more positively or becoming more assertive/less angry. Therapists are accepting, understanding, professional, and never judgemental.
What can a therapist help with?
The range of issues that Re...root therapists can help with is diverse and includes
abuse, adolescent issues, anger management, anxiety, assertiveness issues, attachment issues, bereavement, bullying (at home, work, school), childhood issues, couple counselling, depression, domestic violence, eating issues such as bulimia, pre-anorexia or recovering from anorexia.
We can also help you with existential issues, fertility issues, loneliness, low confidence, low self-esteem, marriage counselling, miscarriage, OCD, parenting, passive aggressive behaviour, PTSD, pregnancy, redundancy, relationship issues (with partner, family members or at work), sexuality, sleep porblems, spirituality, suicidal thoughts, stress, trauma, young people’s issues, and work stress.
For instance, you might be feeling anxious, stressed or depressed, or be experiencing relationship issues, or you want to work on building confidence levels, or you’re having trouble getting over a bereavement and functioning again.
Alternatively, you might be struggling with an eating disorder like anorexia or with substance use that’s got to a point where it’s taking over your life - for these sorts of issues it’s best to get help from a practitioner or service that specialises in that area alone and we would point you in the right direction.
If you know what you want to work on that’s a great start. If you’re not sure, the first step is to think about what’s troubling you, then phone Re...root and describe the issue(s) in your own words. We’ll help you pin down the focus of your therapeutic goals. We try to do the right thing, we don’t pretend we can help you if we think we don’t have the right therapist for you. We’ll do our best to signpost you on.
Does therapy really work?
No one can promise that therapy will work 100%. The therapist’s role is to adapt their way of working to help each client with their therapy goals. Research indicates that it’s the quality of the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client that leads to positive outcomes.
So if we match you with the right therapist who has experience in the area you want to work on and can tailor their approach to fit you, then trust and hope will develop, and there’s a great chance you will feel a lot better at the end of therapy than at the beginning.
It’s useful to know that how helpful therapy can be depends on a variety of factors like:
- How long you’ve had the issue.
- How long you are willing to work on the issue (6 weeks is less likely to have a sustainable outcome than 20 weeks or longer, you’ll nonetheless leave therapy with some insight and helpful strategies).
- If you really want to have therapy (if someone has advised/coerced you to attend it’s not the best starting point).
How much do therapy sessions cost?
It depends whether you come as an individual, couple, or family and when you’re free to regularly attend sessions: day, weekday evenings, or at the weekend. Our current session fees start from £70 for individuals, from £90 for couples, and £120 for families.
What’s the difference between a therapist and a psychologist?
When we talk about a therapist at Re...root it really means a talking therapy practitioner, which can also be described as a psychological therapist. Registered/accredited professionals include counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling psychologists, and clinical psychologists.
Counselling psychologists and clinical psychologists offer pure CBT, which focuses on changing unhelpful thoughts and behaviours; while counsellors and psychotherapists may often offer CBT as part of an integrated approach which takes into account any past influences on the issue and how feelings can get in the way of changing thoughts and behaviours for the better.
A talking therapist is distinct from a psychologist, the latter has a psychology degree which would include understanding the brain and how the mind works, but that knowledge would be applied for instance in marketing or education and not talking therapy.
At Re...root our therapists specialise in working with individual adults, couples or families, children and teenagers, and young people (18-25 year olds).
Can a therapist diagnose mental illness?
At Re...root we don’t label people. We don’t say, ‘you have anxiety’, because that’s not your identity - you’re more than that. Your therapist will talk with you to find out what’s troubling you and how it affects you, etc, and use this to help you work on the difficulty you’re facing.
You might say that in order to treat the presenting issue, the therapist needs to diagnose, but while we do determine how to help based on your presentation, we try to avoid the medicalising language. If you want a formal diagnosis, the best professional to go to is your GP or a psychiatrist.
What are the different types of therapy?
Our therapist training includes psychodynamic, person-centred, integrative, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for young people (18-25). We offer couple therapists trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), psychodynamic therapy, and CBT. For children and adolescents, psychodynamic training with an integrative approach works well. For family therapy, we offer systemic therapy.
At Re...root we aim to meet a range of therapy requests whether you are looking for individual, couple, family, young person, or child/teenager therapy. The Re...root team consists of therapists each trained in one or more approaches. This means that when you contact us and tell us about what’s troubling you, we match you with the therapist that can offer you the best help.
What are common therapy approaches?
All talking therapy approaches aim to enable change for the better, they just go about it in different ways:
Psychodynamic therapy. is an approach that enables change by exploring how past experiences can influence the present without us being aware of it. The chances are that we adopt patterns of meaning-making in our day to day lives without realising where assumptions and unhelpful thoughts and feelings might come from. This meaning-making can undermine relationships with others as well as how we relate to ourselves (our self-talk). When we realise that past influences can unhelpfully and unnecessarily affect how we make decisions, think about ourselves, others and the world, the freedom to make better choices and feel and think differently can be empowering.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT focuses primarily on current thoughts and behaviours (the thinking and doing of life). Increasingly the approach examines feelings too. It’s a very structured therapy that often appeals to those who want shorter term work, though as in any therapy the sustainability of the work benefits from longer than say 6 to 8 sessions. For example, CBT may help a client with anxious thoughts and beliefs by challenging thinking ‘distortions’ and encouraging step by step changes in behaviour. The therapist may ask the client to put themself in increasingly, yet manageable, anxiety- provoking situations to prove they can tolerate anxiety and that it will subside with practice. It’s an excellent approach for issues like phobias, anxiety, panic, OCD and depression.
Integrative therapy. As the name suggests this way of working combines different approaches such as Psychodynamic, CBT and Person-Centred therapies. This allows the therapist to draw upon a range of knowledge and skills to fit the way of being of each client as well as the issue that’s affecting them. The approach can explore the root of the issue as well as how to address difficulties in the present, for example by recognising unhelpful patterns of thinking and relating to self and others, and introducing better ways of coping. The Integrative approach is a relational way of working that prizes a collaborative client-therapist relationship. Integrative therapists can apply their knowhow to address a range of presenting issues from anxiety and panic, to depression, relationship issues, trauma and many other difficulties.
Person-centred Therapy (PCT). This approach enables change by focusing on exploration of the feelings and day to day experience of life of the individual. PCT offers a quality of empathy and acceptance of the person and their difficulties that can be genuinely felt by clients. The approach allows a depth of focus on the individual, their strengths and identity, so that the client can find the confidence to work towards personal growth and greater empowerment as therapy progresses. This is a very relational and collaborative approach that is not suited to shorter term work, yet the commitment to therapy is often very helpful where loss, relationship difficulties, low mood, or depleted levels of confidence or low self-esteem is the issue.
Systemic Therapy. Systemic therapy is a key approach to family therapy. The therapy facilitates change in the relationships within a family group (whatever the make-up of that group). It first seeks to identify stuck patterns of behaviour and then addresses that stuckness to free up unhelpful assumptions and beliefs between family members, encouraging new ways to understand, think and feel about each other. With mutually changing expectations and behaviours in the group, family dynamics tend to improve. Contemporary systemic therapy doesn’t look at cause or blame instead it introduces different perspectives and ways to relate that enable reciprocal respect, understanding and care.
At Re...root we have a team of Associates that come from diverse training and approaches, all our therapists are experienced and registered. They can work with you to overcome unhelpful thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that may be influenced by past experience. Or you might want to work on a specific issue triggered by recent experiences. Or you might want to address specific symptoms such as anxiety, panic, depression or OCD. Our aim at Re...root is to match you with a member of the Associate team to enable positive change so you can feel better and live better.