Types of Therapy

Our Approach

At Northern Guild, our therapists use an integrative approach. In discussion with you the Counsellor, will select the most suitable approach to help you or your child overcome the difficulties which are causing problems. At the core we believe that every person is doing all that they can to address their problems and that each one of us has the capacity for change and fulfilment. Given the right approach the majority of emotional difficulties can be overcome. Through a dialogue based on sensitivity, respect and an appreciation of the dilemma, our Counsellors and Psychotherapists  create a unique and distinctive therapeutic experience. We draw on a range of models from psychodynamic therapy to CBT selecting those that will be most helpful. Some adults are happy to use creative methods to aid self-expression. This can be of great benefit. Most of our therapy rooms are equipped to offer this alongside conventional talking therapies.

Together with you, we aim to create the right method that reflects your individual needs and circumstances and will help you reach your goals.

Models of Therapy

Our counsellors and psychotherapists are qualified to work with a wide variety of therapeutic approaches, models and techniques. Some of the approaches we use include person centred, humanistic and integrative, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Psychodynamic and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). If you would like to work with a specific model please let us know.

With children and adolescents we use a child centred approach, allowing the young person to lead the direction of the work. Therapy rooms contain a comprehensive range of creative media including drawing and painting materials, clay and sand trays, puppets and miniature figures. Each child is encouraged to explore the room and to pick out the materials which they find interesting and appealing for their exploration and expression. Alongside this we can integrate a range of other specific approaches. Let us know if you would like to discuss any other approach.

Types of Sessions

Qualified Counsellors,  Pychotherapists and Consultant Psychotherapists, all holding national professional registration, offer appointments throughout the day and into the evening. Their fees vary according to the level of qualification and experience.

Individual Appointments for Adults, Children and Adolescents

These are provided by Counsellors and Psychotherapists. A session is normally 50 minutes for an adult and 45 minutes for a young person.

Low Cost Therapy

This is provided by candidates for registration who are at an advanced stage and in the process of finalising their professional registration. Sessions are offered during the day and on Saturday mornings. This service is available for adults, children and adolescents.

Couples Counselling

All relationships go through cycles of growth and challenge. Sometimes couples can become stuck in a difficult, painful or negative cycle and not know how to move themselves beyond the struggle.

At Northern Guild we have a number of therapists who specialise in helping couples who are facing a challenging time in their relationship.
Couples sessions can be helpful for couples who have decided to separate and want to do this in the best possible way. Couples counselling can provide mediation, support and lead to better outcomes for everyone involved.

Group Therapy

This is available on most weekday evenings. With normally 6-8 members, groups provide an invaluable setting for sharing and finding support both from the therapist and from other group members who may themselves have experienced similar issues. Group work is available for adults only.

Group Therapy can be really useful if you want to improve and develop relationships including people skills that can be helpful in a wide range of situations. Great for building confidence and enabling you to manage challenging situations, the skill of the therapist combined with the support of the group is a potent combination.

Group Therapy takes place weekday evenings for 2 or 3 hours. You would commit to a certain time period for group membership to ensure consistency and continuity for all members of the group. Most groups meet on a weekly basis during term time.

Alternatively we have groups available on weekends. These tend to meet on a monthly basis.

Independent Expert Witness to the Family Courts

Families who are involved in the legal system are usually experiencing a lot of stress. For parents seeing their children in the way they want at the time they want can pose huge challenges at times like these. Feelings of hurt, anger and misunderstanding between parents and family members are often a painful reality.

For children who are unwittingly part of legal proceedings life can seem chaotic, frightening and unfamiliar. In circumstances like this, children and their parents need time to make sense of what is happening and the opportunity to express how they feel.

We have a specialist team of psychotherapists trained to work with both children and parents offering both assessment and therapeutic input alongside preparing reports.