We offer a range of one-to-one therapies to suit different needs.
The type of therapist you see depends on the type of treatment you have. You may see:
- Assistant psychologists
- Psychological wellbeing practitioners (including trainees)
- CBT therapists (including trainees)
- Clinical and counselling psychologists (including trainees).
Guided self-help is a type of one-to-one therapy. You work through self-help material matched to your problems. A psychological wellbeing practitioner (PWP) supports you.
Cognitive behavioural therapy, often called CBT, is a talking therapy. It takes place over a short time. It works by helping you to change unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving.
IPT is a structured treatment for those who have depression that keeps coming back. With this talking therapy, psychological symptoms, such as a depressed mood, are seen as a reaction to difficulties in relationships.
It focuses on relationship problems and on helping you identify how you are feeling and behaving in your relationships.
IPT looks at difficulties such as:
- Conflict with others
- Grief and loss
- Life changes
- Difficulties in starting or maintaining relationships.
EMDR is another therapy that's been developed to help people who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People who have PTSD may experience intrusive thoughts, memories, nightmares or flashbacks of traumatic events in their past.
Behavioural couples therapy (BCT) helps both people in a relationship to communicate better with each other. It aims to look at parts of your relationship that might be making you feel depressed.
Your therapist will help you, as a couple, improve communication problems in your relationship.
Sessions focus on:
- Relieving stress
- Improving communication
- Managing feelings
- Changing behaviour
- Solving problems
- Accepting each other.
DIT aims to help you understand the connection between how you feel and what is happening in your relationships. Symptoms of depression and anxiety often improve when you can deal with relationship problems more effectively.
About the sessions
- 16 weekly sessions
- Each session is 50 minutes
- One-to-one sessions, over the phone or Microsoft Teams.
There is scientific evidence that DIT helps people feel better.
What you need to do
You need to want to make constructive changes.
There are no written exercises or homework.
What happens in DIT therapy
Your therapist wants to help you find better ways of being and coping with difficult relationships in your life.
When something is very painful, we often try to ignore it. It’s a bit like the saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Most of the time, we know when we’re doing this. But sometimes, we bury something so deep we don’t know it is there anymore. This is why difficult experiences in the past can affect the way we feel and behave now.
In DIT, the therapist helps you talk about what might be hidden. It gives you a safe place to talk openly about how you feel and to understand what might be causing your difficulties.
They will encourage you to talk about what’s n your mind. Sometimes they might wait in silence for you to speak. This can feel strange at first. Your therapist knows this and will help if it gets difficult. Your therapist may be interested in why you ask a question, as well as what the question is.
Couples Therapy for Depression helps couples who are depressed and also have emotional problems in their relationship. It’s open to all couples. We are keen to support couples who are members of the Ealing LGBTQ+ community who may not be aware of the service.
It aims to help you, as a couple:
- Become more open and closer to each other
- Be more thoughtful in how you speak to each other
- Avoid making assumptions about each other
- Cope better, together, with the stressful events life can throw at you.
Your therapist will help you recognise behaviour that is damaging your relationship and leading to depression.
This therapy targets the emotional problems that can be behind depression. This can include low self-esteem and excessive self-criticism. It aims to help you recognise your underlying feelings. You can then make sense of them and reflect on new and different meanings for them which might emerge. This, in turn, can help you start to change how you think and behave.