One to One Therapy

During the Coronavirus outbreak, we are offering all appointments virtually, via password protected Zoom or the clients preferred secure software. We are happy to help guide clients through setting up this process. 

Our therapists work individually with each client, to create a unique therapeutic formulation to help your particular needs. In the past, we have helped people to overcome, or form strategies to help cope with: 

Depression  / low mood

  • Stress

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Anxiety including Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Trauma, complex trauma and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Life Transitions such as becoming a parent/grandparent or retiring from work

  • Difficulties with self-esteem and/or self-confidence

  • Sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse

  • Professional/career issues

  • Medical and health conditions

  • Chronic Pain 

  • Emotional dysregulation

  • Problematic coping strategies like self-harm

We offer new clients an initial telephone appointment to find out more about your difficulties and your needs, your psychological and medical history, your current difficulties and hopes for the future.

Our counsellor, Kate Alexander, 

We then spend time with you, helping you to understand how and why things are the way they are for you at the moment and to find the most appropriate ways forward for you at this time.

Meeting with your therapist in this way initially is often helpful for people who are unsure about what they might need and / or those who would like to gain a better understanding of how their past experiences might be contributing to their current difficulties.

 

This approach can also be helpful for those who have received conflicting advice and / or diagnoses in the past and are feeling confused and / or frustrated, or where there have been disagreements as to the best way forward.

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Our Therapists

Dr Maret Dymond-Basset | Clinical Psychologist and Mindfulness Teacher

​I am a Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about how we support parents in our society and how we can enrich and strengthen our families and relationships from early childhood into old age. I am also interested in the importance of wellbeing in the workplace, in how we gain and maintain the elusive work-life balance and mental and physical health in the fast paced, information-technology based and demanding environments within which we live and work. 
 

I have a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southampton (DClinPsych), and an undergraduate psychology degree (BA Hons) and postgraduate research doctorate (PhD) in perinatal psychology from the University of Reading. My professional training gave me a good grounding in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), attachment theory and experience of Systemic / Family Therapy and Cognitive-Analytical Therapy (CAT). 

I work mainly with adults and offer therapy on a short and a longer term basis.  

Kate Houghton | Humanistic Integrative Counsellor 

I am a humanistic integrative counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. This means that I place the building of a safe and trusting relationship with you central to my work, whilst integrating other approaches which I feel may be of benefit to you.

 

Events may have occurred that have left you feeling confused, overwhelmed and struggling to cope. We all need a bit of extra help at times and counselling can be a place for you to make sense of what you are experiencing, make positive changes in your life and increase your sense of well-being. I will assist you to do this by providing a space where you feel heard and understood. Where you are met with compassion and acceptance, as I help you to try and make sense of your emotions so that life can begin to feel easier.

 

We will work together to explore your story look at what it is you really want out of your relationships and life. As the work together progresses we will have regular reviews to ensure you are achieving what you want from therapy and to reflect on how you are finding the experience. The aim is to help you become clearer about both the extent and the effect of the problem and maybe to help you recognise possible solutions, ones that will work for you. 

Assessment Fees 

£150 for up to 90 minute psychological assessment session.

£120 for a comprehensive written report of your psychological assessment 

We can also offer a FREE 30 minute assessment to those who are unsure if they want to commit to therapy, and have questions they may want answered. 

Fees for Therapy 

£100 per 50 minute session with Dr Maret Dymond Bassett 

£50 per 50 minute session with Kate Houghton 

As a social enterprise we offer discounts on these rates to people with low incomes. Please get in touch if this applies to you.

We are also offering discounts to key workers and those experiencing financial difficulties due to the ongoing epidemic. Please do get in touch and we will do our best to work out a fee that is affordable for you. 

Therapeutic approaches we draw upon -Explained”

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

A modified form of CBT which focuses on helping clients learn to manage difficult emotions. DBT uses a combination of change and acceptance techniques helping you to make positive changes in your life, whilst accepting who you are.

​Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

This is a short-term focused therapy, which aims to change the way you feel by  looking at the way you think and behave. Scientific research has shown promising results from CBT for people experiencing a variety of difficulties, including depression, anxiety disorders and psychosis.

Mindfulness Based Therapies

Mindfulness is cultivating the ability to be fully aware of the present moment. We can either offer our Mindfulness courses on a one to one basis, or combine mindfulness practice with other therapeutic techniques (e.g.  CBT).

Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT)

This is also a short-term focused therapy. It looks at the patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that we develop in early life that effect our relationships with others. The aim is to identify and understand unhelpful patterns and find alternatives to these.

Systematic Family Therapy

This therapeutic technique views  families as separate from their problems. Together with their therapist, a family is encouraged to identify negative stories they have and 're-write' their narrative to be more positive and productive.