The House Approach
Our approach to therapy and counselling is essentially positive, forward-looking and optimistic. We hope that therapy at The House Partnership will be a positive experience that will allow you to move on beyond blocks and crises towards a more optimistic future.
Understanding the pain we feel
It’s often difficult to put a name to feelings of emotional pain and distress. And sometimes it can be positively unhelpful to be labeled with a ‘diagnosis’. After all we are all normal people dealing in our own ways with the uncertainties of our lives and with difficulties stemming from our pasts.
Even if you feel a sense of depression, that may be associated with any number of other concerns: early waking, anxiety, relationship difficulties, an addiction problem, or what have you. Whatever difficulty you may find yourself facing we hope you will find a therapist and an approach to help you at The House.
Finding the right therapy
It’s important not to get bogged down in the technicalities and theories behind different forms of therapy. Of course CBT, or cognitive behavioural therapy, is an important part of our mix. However none of us are theoretical purists and we each use more than one approach to therapy in our work. The beauty is that we can then create a working style that’s unique to you.
Research has shown, time and again, that the single most powerful factor in effective therapy is the strength of the relationship between client and therapist. We think that’s something we do really well. We certainly don’t sit there silently waiting for you to speak, but take an active part in conversation and in the process of recovery and change.
Who we are
We are all members of the British Psychological Society or its European equivalents. The BPS is the largest and most highly respected professional body in the field. We are also registered with the Health Professions Council, an independent, UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards in care.
While we are all experienced CBT therapists, it certainly doesn’t end there. Cognitive behavioural therapy has come a long way since its origins in the sixties. Fresh insights and new research are integrated into our practice to create a more human and well-rounded working style.
Alongside our private work many of us continue to work in both the public and charitable sectors, which helps us to maintain a pragmatic, real-world approach to our work.