Counselling Tunbridge Wells
18 Upper Grosvenor Road
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Welcome to our award winning practice at SPA House, on the first floor of a period building in central Tunbridge Wells. We have the benefit of 18 years’ working with common obstacles to wellbeing such as counselling for anxiety and counselling for postnatal depression.
We are currently the only private counselling service in Tunbridge Wells that offers additional specialist therapy such as Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy and ego-state therapy in the form of the DNMS. Our practice also offers Brief Solution Focused Therapy.
Our counselling rooms are based in the centre of Tunbridge Wells close to a large multi-storey car park and around the corner from Royal Victoria Place. Off road parking available.
Appointment times in Tunbridge Wells.
Monday: 11 am – 8 pm.
Tuesday: 8.30 a.m - 8 pm.
Wednesday: 8.30 am - 8 pm.
Thursday: 8.30 am – 8 pm.
Friday: 8.30 am – 6.30 pm.
Saturday: 9.00 am - 12.30 pm.
We are available 7 days a week to receive new enquiries. Contact us now for a free confidential chat with an experienced therapist to discuss your options. Contact a counsellor in Tunbridge Wells.
Lead Therapist: £95 per session - Registered psychotherapist with private health insurers where fees may vary.
Therapists: £56 per session daytime and £65 per session evenings for clients who fund themselves.
Couples-Counselling: £85 per session.
Therapists in Tunbridge Wells
Tim Potter - Lead Therapist.
MBACP (Accred) & Registered. Member of the UK Chapter of Logotherapy.
Recognised as a psychotherapist with AXA PPP, Aviva, Bupa, Simply Health, Pru-Health, Medisure, Allianz and WPA.
I have worked as a psychotherapist and counsellor for 18 years. I have much experience working in private practice and private hospital settings as an individual and group counsellor. I work with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, bereavement, OCD...view counsellor profile.
Jane Bolton - Therapist.
I provide counselling and brief solution-focused therapy for issues such as anxiety, stress, bereavement, and depression. I have 15 years experience in my other specialist area, working with children and young people. Counselling enables a space to explore......visit counsellor profile.
Niall Crawley-Moore - Individual Therapist and couples-counsellor.
I have worked in several drug and alcohol recovery units in south London. Taken additional training in Volatile Substance Misuse, while working with clients in Non-Residential Medically Assisted Recovery and harm reduction programs. I also have experience working with Pre-bereavement (Anticipatory Grief) and bereaved clients...counselling profile continued.
Private Counselling in Tunbridge Wells
How might counselling help?
We will experience times in our lives when we feel our ability to cope is impaired. We might be clear about why this is and other times it feels more confusing to find a reason. Either way, counselling is likely to be beneficial and our Tunbridge Wells counsellors are prepared to work with you to find a way forward. The counsellor is impartial when enabling you to work through issues, find your own solutions, and guided through specific techniques. When facing up to a problem that is difficult to discuss, we ensure that we provide a supportive, safe, and confidential environment.
Can we help if counselling has not worked for you in the past?
It is no surprise that it might take more than one attempt to find the right counsellor in Tunbridge Wells. At face value, this seems to be down to nature’s way of deciding who we connect to. One factor might be the clients’ motivation to engage in the counselling process. Another factor might be the limitations of the counsellor themselves. We welcome anyone who is sceptical of therapy. We are happy to discuss any questions or reservations you might have.
Tunbridge Wells counselling referrals
We can work cooperatively with a diverse range of healthcare professionals in Tunbridge Wells, who might refer you for counselling. Consultant Psychiatrists, G.P’s, Osteopaths, and other health specialists local to Tunbridge Wells frequently refer to our therapists. We receive most of our private referrals by word of mouth
No G.P referral is necessary for you to see a counsellor if you are self-paying, however, it may be required if you are seeking therapy via your private medical health insurers.
We continue to develop strong relationships locally in Tunbridge Wells. We have been published in the Spring edition of the Tunbridge Wells NCT magazine in 2017. We are passionate about raising awareness of private psychotherapy and counselling in the area.
CBT therapy Tunbridge Wells
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the favoured approach to therapy in the NHS. CBT is generally considered a short-term option to therapy from 4 to 18 sessions. In our experience, CBT tends to work well with a specific problem without complex or interrelated issues. CBT can be effective as part of an integrated approach to counselling or psychotherapy. We offer CBT from SPA House in Tunbridge Wells, and is often helpful for anxiety, panic, OCD, and depression.
CBT helps you to challenge the way you think, feel, and behave and teaches ways of coping with specific situations. Techniques are offered in mind of how we think (cognitive) and how we act or demonstrate (behavioural).
We may think in ways that are unhelpful to us; for example, catastrophising or over thinking where we overestimate the problem whilst underestimating our capacity to manage the problem. This has a high probability of influencing our behaviour. For example, we might avoid the situation. Avoidance is a safety behaviour which keeps us from resolving the problem.
Behavioural change can occur when coping strategies are engaged. The behavioural aspects of CBT are frequently the most effective in helping clients to help themselves, whereas the focus on the cognitive aspects of CBT, can be more appealing to a therapist, but they may find themselves entrenched in ‘thinking’ and can get stuck with the client. Effective behavioural change likely influences how we think and feel towards a situation.
Mindfulness-based CBT encourages clients to pay attention to the here and now through techniques heavily influenced by meditation and yoga. Mindfulness-based CBT has seen a rise in popularity in recent years and borrows heavily from other forms of therapy, such as Gestalt therapy and Logotherapy.
Make an appointment in Tunbridge Wells for CBT with one of our therapists.
CBT for OCD in Tunbridge Wells.
Logotherapy in Tunbridge Wells
What is Logotherapy?
Logos is Greek for meaning. Happiness is a by-product of having meaning in your life. Logotherapy defines that meaning is the force of life. This approach is effective with anxiety, addiction, depression, identity, and stress. This is because the techniques associated with Logotherapy aim to meet the deficits that occur when we are leading an unfulfilled life.
The therapy consists of working towards responsibility, the minimisation, (and eventual ending) of symptoms.
Dr. Viktor Frankl believed that we all harbour the will to find meaning. When we are affected by meaninglessness it creates an 'existential vacuum'. Feeling despondent, bored, alone (invisible), lethargic and unmotivated. When we feel this way, basic tasks seem hard.
Dr Frankl formed the basis of his ideas as a result of his experiences as a Holocaust survivor as an inmate at Auschwitz throughout the second world war. He documented his experiences explicitly in a book entitled 'Man's search for meaning'.
Through his brutal experience, Dr Viktor Frankl became passionate about the notion that we can find meaning from unavoidable suffering, which formed the basis for Logotherapy.
Logotherapy is a collaborative approach to therapy with specific techniques. Logotherapy is easily integrated into most approaches to therapy. This form of therapy is available in Tunbridge Wells from our rooms at SPA House near the town centre. We are the only providers of Logotherapy in the area.
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Counselling for anxiety in Tunbridge Wells.
Ego State Therapy in Tunbridge Wells
In Tunbridge Wells, we provide a specialised form of ego-state therapy. Specifically, the therapy is called the DNMS, as devised by Shirley Jean Schmidt. The DNMS (Developmental Needs Meets Strategy) is a form of self-reparenting therapy that is a client centred ego state therapy.
The DNMS has a series of protocols to work through in sessions. It is an approach that can work with a wide range of issues and is informed by EMDR, attachment theory, self-reparenting therapy, mirror neurons and developmental psychology.
At the time of writing, we are the only providers listed on the DNMS website in the South of England.
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Brief Solution Focused Therapy Tunbridge Wells
Brief Solution Focused Therapy is a collaborative approach between the therapist and the client which is directed towards specific goals for therapeutic change.
We address what clients want to achieve without necessarily exploring the history of the problem. The focus is on the present and future, focusing on the past only to the degree necessary for accurate understanding. Brief Solution-focused therapy consists of questions which can lead to dramatic change. The task of the therapist is to ask precise questions in a way that leads the client to discover the answers.
Three basic questions underpin solution-focused brief therapy:
What are your best hopes for therapy?
What would your day-to-day-life look like if these hopes were realised?
What are you already doing and have done in the past that might contribute to these hopes being realised
A solution-focused counselling session will often begin with "What are your best hopes for this session?" The counsellor accepts the client's starting point without judgment. The client then works on a detailed and concrete description of what it would be like to experience life with this hope met. Exploration is detailed, ordinary and tangible so that no part is beyond the client's ability or imagination. The focus is on the clients’ sought-after behaviour rather than actual and unwanted past behaviour. Time is spent discovering the sometimes-hidden resources at the client's disposal.
One of the most useful frameworks for solution-focused work is the 0–10 scale. The client's position on the scale allows for questions about how they are at that point rather than lower, how they improved things if they are higher than they have been in the past and what might tell them they are moving up the scale towards their desired goals. These scales provide structures for conversations about future hopes, past achievements and current strengths.
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Counselling Children and Young People in Tunbridge Wells
Jane Bolton has 15 years of experience working with children and young people. Jane has provided a brief outline of the way she works, below.
My approach is Person Centred and incorporates Solution Focused Therapy for young people that might benefit from by directly experiencing change that is tangible.
I work with Humanistic theoretical principles which considers the behaviour children display as a solution to how they experience the world. Counselling is about offering a child that is experiencing emotional distress the opportunity to heal and grow by exploring their difficulties and discover a new way to emotionally navigate the present. The hope is that this will build capacity, capability, and confidence in the child through the enabling of emotional expression and the development of helpful strategies.
Counselling sessions are child led, in terms of the focus, pace and style of the work which are all in response each individual child. I take the time to find out what life is like for the child and consider what a child is trying to convey their life through their particular ‘solutions’.
I believe that what children say is only one dimension of understanding what a child is communicating to us. Exploring a child’s behaviour and relationship patterns offers a deeper understanding of what a young person is expressing. Counselling is an opportunity to become more self-aware and develop coping strategies in order to navigate more successfully through life. Some common themes that children work through are issues such as loss, anger, change, communication, anxiety and depression. I work with children and young people in Tunbridge Wells and Rochester.
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Private parking at SPA House
Visitor guide for parking at SPA House.
Please park in bay 9 marked in blue.
Use bay 8 as an alternative only.
We do not have permission to use any other parking space.
The allocated space is for the use of clients coming for counselling and cannot be used for any other purpose.
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