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Overcome Your Anxiety & Depression

Effective help for anxiety and depression can alleviate the associated distress it brings. If you are feeling debilitated by the condition you’ll be relieved to know our highly experienced therapists can help you resolve the issues causing your anxiety.

Don’t let anxiety affect your life. Get the assistance you require now by:

  • calling 07596 177669
  • completing the enquiry form on this website

Please contact us to discuss how you can get the help you need quickly. You will benefit from:

  • Expert care and treatment from a highly qualified therapist
  • Complete confidentiality
  • Therapy sessions that best suit you

Types of therapy available for Depression:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is used worldwide in the treatment of depression. It is based on the principle that depression arises and intensifies as a result of deep rooted, negative thought patterns.The therapy works by identifying and changing these destructive thought patterns as well as any negative behaviours, so that you can think in a more balanced way and challenge negative assumptions you have. It equips you with coping mechanisms for life, which allow you to recognise negative thought patterns and respond to them in a healthier way, reducing the likelihood that you will become depressed again in the future.

1:1 Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Depression

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy can be brief or long term and can be either face-to-face or on the couch. This form of therapy will help you to explore how past events impact on the present by accessing unconscious thoughts.

Group Therapy for Depression

In a group of other people who have similar difficulties you will be encouraged to share your experiences, offer mutual support and guidance, and explore your difficulties in a compassionate and therapeutic setting.

Whilst the concept of group therapy may, at first, seem quite daunting, research suggests that it is a highly effective therapeutic technique in the treatment of a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression.

Couple Therapy for Depression

Couple Therapy for Depression is an evidenced based treatment recommended by NICE Guidelines. Couple therapy for depression helps people suffering from depression by using the relationship as a resource to help support the individual.

It is an evidenced based therapy as evidence has shown that this kind of therapy works.

People suffering from depression often find that their relationship suffers and sometimes problems in the relationship can lead one or other partner becoming depressed or anxious. Couple Therapy for Depression deals with the depression and the relationship distress.

Our Couple Therapy for Depression therapists have trained with the Tavistock Relations organization who are one of the National trainers for the model.

Couple therapy can help people open up some of the issues that are troubling them. Couples who come together open up communication between them so that they can understand the underlying issues in order to resolve the difficulties they are experiencing and find an agreed way forward. Problems with relationships can be complicated and sometimes they stem from challenges you may have experienced in your childhood as well as current concerns. Relationship therapy can be helpful in this situation for both individuals and couples, as it looks at what lies behind current difficulties, paying attention both to the past and the present in order to bring about change.

Family Therapy for Depression

Family therapy takes place with yourself and your immediate family unit or loved ones. It allows you and your family to engage in an honest and open discussion, enabling everyone to develop a mutual understanding of your depression, as well as the impact that it is having on yourself and those closest to you. This form of therapy is hugely beneficial as it allows you and your family to plan proactive steps towards supporting each other in the long-term.


Anxiety is a common mental health condition that is characterised by persistent and overwhelming feelings of fear, panic, worry or unease.

It is important to recognise that anxiety and worry are natural, and sometimes useful human emotions, that form part of our evolutionary make-up. However, when these emotions are prolonged, or disproportionate to the actual threat posed by the situation, they can lead to the development of an acute anxiety disorder.

Everyone can feel worried and anxious from time-to-time, and in response to stressful events and stages such as:

  • Moving home
  • Starting a new career
  • Having a baby
  • Being diagnosed with an illness
  • Relationship breakdowns
  • Exams
  • Financial troubles

However, for those who struggle with anxiety, these emotions can be so intense that they prevent individuals from functioning effectively on a daily basis and can have a profoundly negative impact on their general health and wellbeing.

It is estimated that around 6% of all people in England suffer from an anxiety disorder, with women being almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety as men. However, instead of women being more susceptible to developing anxiety, this difference may be because women are more likely to seek anxiety help and treatment than men.

Anxiety can cause a broad array of symptoms, which can vary according to the type of anxiety that you are suffering from, as well as being unique to each individual.

The most common symptoms of anxiety to look out for include:

  • Persistent sense of worry and dread
  • Anger, Impatience and irritability
  • Physical symptoms, including difficulty breathing, shaking and palpitations, nausea, and tightness of the chest

Anxiety disorders

Anxiety is a broad term that encompasses a range of underlying disorders, each with their own unique characteristics and symptoms. These include:

  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder, including panic attacks and anxiety attacks
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Separation anxiety

However anxiety or depression affects you, our team of therapists will be able to help. To find out more or to arrange an initial appointment with one of our psychotherapists, please call or text us on 07596177669, or get in touch by email using our secure online contact form.

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What will it cost?

Assessment: £75-£85 (Therapist dependant)

Psychotherapy: from £75-£85 ( based on complexity ) per 50 minutes

CBT: £75 per 50 minutes

EMDR Session: £120 for 90 minutes

Couples Therapy Sessions: £100 per hour

Couples Intensive Recovery Session: £190 for 2hrs

Family Therapy £130 for 75 minutes


We offer low cost psychotherapy with trainee psychotherapists who are in the final stages of their long training. This is an excellent way to access psychotherapy as their work is closely scrutinised by a supervisor and so you will have two minds thinking about how to best help you. The trainees are registered with a professional body and hold the appropriate insurance.

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