The Stockwell Centre

...providing psychotherapy and counselling in Colchester since 1976...

ABOUT THERAPY

Therapists at the Stockwell Centre have varied backgrounds and training, but all share a psychodynamic approach, which explores present problems in the context of life history and past experiences.

If you would like to discuss your needs with a qualified counsellor or therapist - or simply find out more - please contact the Stockwell Centre administrator, Marion Hiscock, who will take brief details and arrange for a therapist to contact you.

Email admin@stockwellcentre.com
Phone 01206 768211
Appointments available daytime and evenings, Monday to Friday.

TYPES OF THERAPY

Psychodynamic counselling explores unconscious relationship patterns that have evolved since childhood. The counsellor takes account of the real world of the client, including the impact of trauma, cultural difference, sexual orientation, disability and social context. The counselling relationship can build acceptance, empathy and understanding, and develop insight so that problems can be addressed.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy provides a safe and confidential setting in which to explore feelings, thoughts, worries, memories and dreams. It focuses on unconscious motivations and allows clients/patients time to explore current symptoms in the light of past events and experiences. In the resolving of past conflicts, a person can begin to live more fully and face the future more creatively.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help with conditions such as anxiety or depression by understanding the important role that negative thoughts (i.e. cognition) can have. CBT teaches ways of challenging these unhelpful thoughts, encouraging new ways of thinking, behaving and feeling.

Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) is a time limited therapy, which concentrates on understanding current patterns of behaviour, thinking and feeling in the context of earlier life experiences. The average number of sessions is sixteen with a three month follow up.

Couple therapy is for couples who are having difficulties in their relationship, and would like to explore how these problems have arisen, and what the barriers are to changing them. You will look at communication issues, what changes could be made, and if you find you wish to separate, how to manage that constructively.

Group therapy provides a supportive experience of being with others in a safe and confidential setting. The members of the group can address a wide range of personal, family, work and relationship difficulties, like depression, low self-esteem, sexual difficulties and abuse. The long-term nature of the group allows significant time for the group members' exploration of difficulties so an improved understanding can be developed and new solutions can be found for old problems.