Our Ethos in Psychotherapy
We believe in three main themes in our provision
1. We base all treatment around NICE recommended and/or Research evidenced approaches. These include cognitive behavioural therapy and analysis methods, Mindfulness based methods, short term psychodynamic methods and psychoeducation. This does NOT mean we agree with all of NICE’s recommendations. Quite the opposite in fact. NICE provide recommendations for treating “mental illnesses” rather than providing therapy to complex human beings. This causes a gross over simplification and “manual based” approach in their recommendations which is artificial and does not match real life requirements. However we do use the recommended “tools” for the recommended “conditions” as part of a more holistic “real psychotherapy” integrative approach. Evidence is available that short term CBT intervention as favoured by NICE and IAPT does not really work. Shezad et al (2017) showed a 53% relapse within 1 year. We therefore use the recommendations but within a wider and more comprehensive strategy.
2. We believe that although the core of each treatment must be clinically effective, each individual is different and there is scope for customised and integrated multi-modal support according to the needs of each patient or couple. Thus we apply integrative humanistic and psychodynamic approaches for the individual or couple, while employing core tools where appropriate.
3. We reject the imposition of socially constructed “norms” and are actively supporting of “critical psychotherapy”. What this means in practice is we respect the individual person’s right to their own valid perspective, we reject current political ideology about the key therapy objective being “person in work”, and we actively work with a range of groups including LGBTQI* with a range of beliefs, gender identities and relationship types. We also reject the concept of the “individual” who is capable of constructing a “happy well-being” no matter their life experience and situation, and we seek to consider social psychology and environment in practical and supportive ways. Stuart recently reviewed a key publication on critical psychotherapy edited by Del Loewenthal in the European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling .Stuart’s approach is Humanistic and Integrative. His two core accreditations were both a combination of psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural, and his overall approach is a blend of eastern and western philosophies.