City Road Therapy

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At City Road Therapy we have therapists trained to see individuals, couples, children, teenagers and families.

We also have therapists trained to use and deliver specific therapeutic approaches such art, drama, movement and mindfulness.

Life and executive coaching is also an option at City Road Therapy. Kathleen Sullivan’s practice is dedicated specifically to coaching. Glenn Nicholls, Merly Kammerling and Lola Marquez also offer coaching as part of their private.

You can read more below about how therapy can help these specific groups.

Which therapy approach is best and how do I choose who to see?

Many of our therapists are ‘integrative’ therapists, meaning they may use more than one therapy approach, depending on your needs. For example, sessions may involve talking therapy or they may take a mindfulness-based approach.

The key thing is not to worry about the approach; to get started we recommend that you contact a therapist who you feel you could connect with. Research shows you are more likely to benefit from therapy if you and your therapist have a good relationship. It is important you see someone who feels safe and who you can imagine opening up to. If their approach isn’t right for your needs, they will redirect you to someone who is right for you to see.

We encourage people seeking therapy to visit our therapist directory and to perhaps phone several therapists to get a feel for whether you could work together. If you could do with a bit of support then opt for a consultation session and let us help you find the right therapist.

You can read more about common reasons why people don’t seek therapy (and why it’s worth considering) here.

Therapy for individuals

Therapy is a safe and confidential space to come for professional support where you can talk about you, your life and any issues that might be causing you to have difficult thoughts or feelings.

Our therapists are highly skilled and will accept you the way you are. They will never judge you or your situation. All therapists are trained to help you to understand yourself more clearly and identify new possibilities in the way you approach your life.

How will therapy make me feel?

Therapy is a personal process. People often find it a huge relief to have some time for support and self-exploration set aside each week.

It can sometimes feel painful to talk about the difficult aspects of your life, but our therapists will be able to support you through any difficult periods and go at your own pace. They will help you identify ways you can support yourself so you feel more resilient and potent in your life.

Therapy for couples

Successful relationships require work on all sides. Some therapists explain this by saying that there are three parts to a relationship – you, me and us. Our couples counsellors can help make the ‘us’ a more harmonious place for couples.

Some of the common reasons why you might seek couples counselling include:

  • You want help engaging with each other after experiencing a traumatic event
  • One of you wants to end the relationship
  • You feel that you repeat the same cycle of conflict
  • You aren’t showing or receiving sufficient care and affection
  • You have clashing values or cultural backgrounds
  • One person feels aggrieved by the other’s behaviour
  • You want to improve the way you function as a couple.

As an independent third party, our relationship therapists will support and challenge you to work better together. Therapy can reveal buried feelings and behaviours, and lead to a more in-depth understanding of your impact on each other and new ways of relating.

Therapy for children

Just like adults, children can find life very difficult at times. If they are having persistent difficulties with their mood or behaviour, then your child may find it useful to speak to a psychotherapist.

Our therapists can help your child with the following problems: shyness, anger, temper tantrums, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and confidence, grief, self-harm, communication problems, family break-ups, social exclusion, bedwetting, sleeping difficulties, and food issues and eating disorders.

Therapy can develop a child’s confidence and communication skills. Our therapists can help them understand and cope with difficult feelings so they can form better relationships with others and feel more content in themselves. Children can sometimes benefit from receiving systemic family therapy, which is counselling for the whole family.

Our child psychotherapists will support your child to explore and explain their experience through assessment, empathic conversation, and by observing their behaviour and play. All our child psychotherapists are fully qualified in child development and behaviour and draw from their training to best understand and work with your child.

Therapy for teenagers

Teenagers can suffer at times, either due to a particular life event or as a result of ongoing stresses. As a teen, you have to deal with the psychological and biological changes that happen during these years. You’ll face challenges ranging from exams, deadlines and decisions about the future, to social pressures and temptations. These factors can feel vast and overwhelming and result in high levels of stress, depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem and confidence. Pressures during the teenage years can also lead to self-harming, food and eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse or relationship difficulties.

Many teenagers describe having difficulty finding the right words to describe what they are experiencing. You may experience ‘brain freeze’ or ‘flight or fight’ responses.

A number of our therapists specialise in working with teenagers. They can help you express yourself and understand your experience away from outside pressures. They can support you to manage and cope with feelings and decisions, and to communicate and relate more easily and skilfully, so you feel calmer and better able to navigate your life.

The teenage years can also be a worrying time if you’re a parent. You may also wish to seek support, either through individual therapy for yourself or alongside your child. Teenagers tend to be more open to receiving counselling as a family once they’ve had some time in individual therapy.

Therapy for families

Family therapy (also known as family and systemic psychotherapy) can be very useful in helping with a range of emotional and relationship difficulties that individuals, couples and families commonly experience.

Family therapy can promote understanding and collaboration in relationships and amongst family members to bring about positive change. Research shows that family therapy can be useful in addressing difficulties at all stages of family life, including concerns about couple relationships, children, teens and relationships amongst adult family members. Our family therapists are sensitive to diverse family structures, relationships, beliefs and cultures. They will fully respect your individual and family’s experience, and aim to build on existing strengths.

If you think you and your family might benefit from this type of therapy, our family therapists can organise sessions for individuals, couples, or with the family as a whole. You may use family and systemic therapy as the only source of help, or as a complementary approach to other forms of therapy support.

Therapy using mindfulness-based approaches

Life is so busy for many of us that often we rush around and don’t stop to notice the world around us, or even notice our thoughts and feelings.

Practising mindfulness means becoming more aware of each moment, as it happens, and can be useful for engaging with the whole of oneself, ‘mind, body & soul’.

A number of our therapists practice mindfulness for themselves and increasingly use the integrative, mind-body approach to mindfulness in their therapy sessions to help you:

  • Slow down and be ‘in the moment’
  • Listen in a more profound, direct way to what is happening inside and outside of yourself, moment by moment
  • Benefit from a ‘healing’ effect, even when you are not speaking to your therapist.

Therapy using creative techniques: art, drama and movement

Some therapies, such as art therapy or drama therapy, incorporate creative techniques that can support you to organise and express your emotional experience. It’s not always easy to find the words to express yourself, but these therapies can help you communicate emotions that may otherwise be difficult to verbalise.

You do not need to have experience or skill in art or drama to participate in or benefit from this type of therapy. Your therapist will not criticise any creative work you produce during therapy sessions. Arts and drama therapy are more about the emotions you express and feel throughout the process.

Therapy using creative techniques is not just for people who naturally use image and metaphor in the way they think about their life. It can also benefit people who find themselves stuck in their head, or rigid in the way they perceive life. Expressive work can support you to find new viewpoints and solutions to make a significant change in your life.

Therapy using the arts could involve postcards, paint, sand-trays, movement or writing, though always as an invitation rather than an obligation when your therapist thinks it may support your work together.

A number of our therapists are highly trained in using the arts, or drama and movement within therapy. Art and drama therapy can help you:

  • Express yourself in metaphor and symbol, which can feel safer, less constrictive and more vivid than just communicating with words
  • Help you access more hidden aspects of your self and your experience
  • Acknowledge and deal with complicated or conflicting feelings by allowing you to express different parts of your experience in one place, for example, the blank page or the sand-tray, allowing you to explore and understand your feelings more easily
  • Enable you to experiment with the various ways you want to ‘be’ in the world
  • Increase your sense of confidence, self-esteem and potential in life.

Executive and life coaching

Executive and life coaching are not the same as psychotherapy (therapy). A therapist will explore the underlying causes of any emotional issues and help you if you’re feeling emotionally distressed. On the other hand, a life or executive coach will focus more on the future. They will work with you to help you set and work towards personal development goals.

Life coaches and executive coaches are not qualified to diagnose or treat trauma or health-related problems (unless they specify this in their personal profiles). However, if a coach feels you need more emotional or mental health support they can refer you to see a counsellor, psychotherapist or GP.

Executive coaching

If you are a professional looking for a better way of working and living, executive coaching can help tilt the balance towards a life that has more meaning, fulfilment and success.

Life is so fast-paced that it can be difficult to stop and think about your career, relationships at work, your wellbeing, or your life in general. Sometimes it can seem impossible to take time to focus on what matters most to you.

An executive coach can work with you in depth to help you:

  • Find the time to tune in to or reconnect with your goals, dreams and wishes
  • Identify what you long to have more (or less) of in your life
  • Harness your energy to change tack and get on track
  • Commit to seeing those changes through, whether that’s to have the confidence to lead and effect change in the workplace, facilitate collaborative working with others, or make meaningful shifts in other areas of your life.

Our executive coaches will always respect and believe in your wishes, and take your lead to help you reach the right outcome for you. A coach will ask the right questions to ignite your thinking, gently challenge any limiting beliefs, and ‘move you on’ to where you want to be in your life.

Life coaching

If you know you want to make certain changes in your life and are looking for tools to help you do this, you may find life coaching helpful.

You may be looking to:

  • Make changes in your current life trajectory
  • Change or adapt your career
  • Redefine your ‘self’ and how you think about your potential
  • Create a better work/life balance
  • Develop strategies to fulfil specific personal or professional goals.

Our life coaches will aim to empower you to make and meet personal and/or professional goals.