Psychotherapy can be one of the most effective tools for rebuilding and strengthening psychological and emotional wellbeing. A course of psychotherapy can give you the capacity to improve your life in many ways.
Discover how to manage difficult issues with greater ease, build better relationships with those around you and develop the capacity to take your life in the direction that provides you with the greatest personal fulfilment.
Our private therapists provide integrative psychotherapy. This means that each psychotherapist in London and online, who is part of the KlearMinds team, is highly trained and experienced in a range of psychotherapies. This expertise enables us to tailor our expansive range of effective techniques to suit your individual learning needs. In this way, we create the best possible learning opportunities for you to discover how to address your particular concerns, in the most effective way possible.
If you are tired of feeling stuck, upset or frustrated by problems in your life and feel ready to change things for the better, contact us today. We have clinics at the following locations:
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How Does Psychotherapy Work?
Psychotherapy takes place in a confidential room, where you meet your therapist face to face to discuss your concerns and discover ways you can address them effectively. This can be done in person at one of our London clinics or online. Your psychotherapist may use a range of tools including: enquiry, discussion, psycho-education, experimental exercises such as actions to take outside the therapy, written homework or even role-plays.
Our private psychotherapists can help you resolve a wide range of issues that may cause you concern or distress, such as anxiety, depression or trauma to name a few. Psychotherapy can also be utilised to help you find life focus and meaning, develop your career and relationships or achieve a particular goal.
Your psychotherapist will provide a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly about your concerns with someone who is neutral, non-judgmental and objective. At the end of a course of psychotherapy, you will not only have solved the problem that brought you in, but you will have learned new skills so you can better cope with whatever challenges arise in the future.
What Are the Benefits of Psychotherapy?
There is a considerable body of research that clearly demonstrates that psychotherapy can be helpful with a wide range of issues:
Psychotherapy can help with common psychological problems such as:
Psychotherapy can also help with difficult experiences or feelings you’ve been experiencing in relation to:
Some problems may require more specialist psychotherapy treatment, for example:
What Happens in Psychotherapy Sessions?
The first meeting is an opportunity for you to meet the psychotherapist and assess whether you think they can help you address the issues you wish to resolve. In this meeting, your psychotherapist creates a space where you feel comfortable to discuss your concerns, so they can really understand your situation.
Your therapist will discuss what you want to achieve from the work and give you a good idea of how they can help you achieve your desired outcome. If you would like to know how many sessions might be required, they will be able to give you an indication of the number of sessions that you might find most helpful.
If the psychotherapist is a good match for you, at the end of this session you would expect to feel a sense that they really understand you, and that the way they work has the potential to help you.
Once an agreement is made to undertake some work together, people often opt for weekly psychotherapy sessions, either at one of our London clinics or online. This is a good frequency to progress as quickly as possible and help you understand the problem areas from a new perspective so that the next phase of implementing changes can get started. Occasionally, some people find it more helpful to schedule sessions fortnightly, whilst others find that more frequent sessions are preferable. Good work can be done in all these formats.
As you progress through the sessions, you will discover how to create and establish new ways of addressing situations that enable you to deal with the concerns you are facing more effectively.
Throughout the sessions, your psychotherapist will draw on a range of techniques from a variety of therapeutic approaches, tailoring them in a way that will be most beneficial to you. You can learn more about the range of techniques and therapies we offer at KlearMinds by clicking here.
How long Does Psychotherapy Take?
People often wonder how long they should see a psychotherapist to get good results. At KlearMinds in London, we find certain factors that can influence what length of therapy will suit you best. These include:
- The length of time that you have been having difficulties
- The degree of change that you want to achieve
- Your level of self-confidence and
- How well the type of therapy used matches your personal learning style
Of course, there are always exceptions, so we don’t like to be too prescriptive. However, as a general rule of thumb, the following lengths are common:
- 6 sessions – Some people find 6 sessions provides enough time to address a specific problem.
- 12 sessions – Many people wishing to tackle a few problems find 12-24 sessions can give them the outcome they are looking for.
- 24 sessions – People who want or need 24 sessions or longer often have several, more complex long-standing issues they want to overcome, for good.
How can I Find a Psychotherapist in London?
With so many psychotherapy approaches to choose from, it can be confusing to choose the therapy that might work best for you. You can make the best choice if you know what to look for.
Tips to Help You Find a Psychotherapist
Research shows that the quality of the relationship you have with your psychotherapist is the highest predictor of good outcomes. With this in mind, when you are trying to find a psychotherapist, we suggest you consider the following questions:
- Do you feel the psychotherapist fully understands what you are concerned about?
- Do they provide you with information that helps you make better sense of what is going wrong?
- Do you feel they are offering you ideas and strategies you can use to both understand and actively change your situation?
- Are you feeling relieved and some sense of progress? Even with the most difficult problems, whilst initially, it can be hard to understand and work through them, you should still feel a sense that things are becoming clearer and there is potential that this therapist can help you move forward.
- If you feel relief but as time passes find you are not really moving forward, we always recommend you tell your therapist. A good therapist will often pick this up and be able to help you get things moving. If despite telling the therapist you feel things are still not moving forward, it may be better to seek a different therapist.
- You should feel safe to talk about absolutely anything with your therapist. If you don’t feel this way, you should change therapist. You are not going to get the best results if you don’t feel you can be open and honest with your psychotherapist.
Meet Our Qualified Therapists
Judy is a highly experienced psychotherapist. She utilizes a wide range of therapies, including CBT and psychoeducation to help her clients. She also holds considerable experience providing Career Coaching, Mindfulness Meditation and Mediation. Judy draws on a wealth of experiencing and works proactively with clients to help them understand and positively change patterns of thinking and behaviour which hold them back in life.
Paul Glynn holds over 30 years experience as a therapist and is KlearMinds Clinical Director. Paul offers a warm, pragmatic and interactive approach to help you understand and go beyond the difficulties you are facing. He is passionate about empowering clients to develop the tools that can help them to resolve stuckness and positively change repetitive, problematic behaviours.
Mita is a highly experienced psychotherapist and counsellor with over 20 years of clinical experience. She is passionate about helping clients overcome issues they have been struggling with for months and sometimes years. Mita draws upon a range of therapies including, CBT, Mindfulness and EMDR, which she tailors to best suit each client she works with.
Maggie is an award winning psychotherapist, an accomplished life coach and counsellor, and Director of KlearMinds. In 2007 she was awarded the BACP National Award for advancing the quality of therapy service provision to the highest standards in the UK. Maggie’s experience spans over 20 years helping people overcome problems so they can enjoy more fulfilling and satisfying lives.
Karen is a highly experienced psychologist, executive and career coach with more than 15 years experience helping adults address a wide range of concerns. Karen draws upon a variety of therapies and coaching skills, tailoring her approach, to best suit the learning style of each client. Karen works proactively. She can help you understand and constructively change problematic beliefs and patterns of behaviour that inhibit your ability to realise your personal goals.
Amanda is a highly experienced Advanced CBT and Integrative therapist with more than 8 years experience. She draws upon a wide range of therapies and works proactively to help clients understand, process and resolve their concerns and conflicts. Amanda can assist you to quickly identify problematic thoughts and behaviours which negatively impact your personal and professional well-being.
Further Self-Help and Information on Psychotherapy
Click the following links for some self-help tips and useful information on psychotherapy:
A Guide to Psychotherapy for Depression
Integrative psychotherapy at KlearMinds
Which is best for you? Counselling, Psychotherapy or Life Coaching?
How to find a Psychotherapist, Counsellor or Life Coach
What Are the Different Types of Psychotherapy?
There are over 300 different therapeutic approaches registered in the UK alone. Some of the most commonly recognised approaches are listed below:
CBT can be helpful for dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, phobias, and to address specific issues. If you are the type of person to think about your problems in a structured manner and then learn techniques and build skills to gain greater control over managing these specific difficulties, this approach may be helpful to you.
This page was written by Maggie Morrow (MSc, BSc, Adv Dip, UKCP) and medically reviewed in June 2021.