Empowering You Through Therapy

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Beyond Diagnosis

Do you want to move forwards with dignity and strength?

Beyond Models

Do you want to be treated in a way that is right for you, not a textbook?

Beyond Talking The Talk

Do you want to build strength in body and mind?

Beyond Diagnosis

DO YOU WANT TO MOVE FORWARDS WITH DIGNITY AND STRENGTH?

We do this by seeing beyond diagnosis, to you as a whole person.

Diagnoses in mental health are based on symptoms, behaviours or experiences identified by professionals at a specific time-point.  Some can find this helpful and some can find this hindering.  Unlike physical health, diagnoses in ‘mental health’ are less likely to be based on cause.

At EmotiHealth we are mindful of cause and what interventions will lead you forward, with you at the helm and with us right next to you. So whatever the diagnoses you may have been given in the past, we see you as a person first and foremost, and we connect with you on this level, not symptoms or labels.

Beyond Models

DO YOU WANT TO BE TREATED IN A WAY THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU, NOT FROM A TEXT BOOK?

Psychological therapists are always trained in specific models of treatment, from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to EMDR to the EDTs - the model we all have a background init EmotiHealth, (Experiential Dynamic Therapy). The evidence is that whilst adhering to a model can influence the outcome; the person of the client and the person of the therapist has a much more significant influence. 

So we aim high for an authentic, attuned connection, whilst helping you honour and express your emotions, your narrative and regulating your anxiety.  We are also passionate about getting feedback from you every step of the way.  This combination has the best chance overall of gaining good outcomes.

Beyond Talking The Talk

DO YOU WANT TO BUILD STRENGTH IN BODY AND MIND, USING THE WISDOM OF THE BODY AND THE CAPABILITY OF YOUR MIND?

We don’t expect you to always know in words what is going on, what the problem is or what the solution is.  Sometimes we know but when we don’t, our work goes beyond words to the wisdom of the body, helping integrate all parts of you.

Talking therapies help, but bodywork complements therapy significantly especially when there are barriers that may come up time and time again in our life. We want to change but find that changes we make are short-lived; we talk the talk but struggle to walk the walk. Using feedback from your body… for instance, where you hold your pain, how you hold yourself, or how you hold back or fiddle when asked specific questions, can give you insight into more of yourself than your thoughts or words can give you alone. It’s a rich journey into your emotional truth to the best of you, and we will be honoured to join you along the way.

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Clinical Team

We are a team of Clinical Psychologists specialising in compassionate and effective psychological therapy and psycho-education, for a wide range of common and complex problems, and to help everyone live fulfilling lives. Whatever your situation, we treat you as an individual, and work collaboratively with you to understand you within the unique context of your life. We work with you to develop your goals and think about the best way to help you move forward. Your treatment will be individually tailored to meet your needs in order to make and maintain the changes you seek. At EmotiHealth Direct we create opportunities for profound connection.We help you thrive by encouraging you to fully access the extraordinary uniqueness of you and your emotional systems. We work together as you explore, create safeness, assert, connect, care, play and feel good. These seven basic emotional systems are key.If you can feel and enact these in ways that align with your values, you can thrive.

UK psychologist, Dr Jessica Bolton, is a member of:

British Psychological Society (BPS)

We are Chartered members of British Psychological Society (BPS).‘Chartered’ refers to the level of membership awarded by the BPS. It reflects the society’s gold standard in terms of psychological knowledge, expertise and commitment to ethical standards of practice. Chartered members are listed on the BPS website. 

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

We are registered as Clinical Psychologists, which is a legally protected title requiring registration with the Health and Care ProfessionsCouncil (HCPC). This ensures that those using this title have completed the correct training and meet the required standards. To remain on the register ,professionals are required to keep their skills and knowledge up to date through continued professional development. Registered professionals are listed on the HCPC website.

Canada based psychologist, Dr Ange Cooper, is a member of:

Canadian Psychological Society (CPA)

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is the national association for the science, practice and education of psychology in Canada. With over 7,000 members and affiliates, the CPA is Canada’s largest association for psychology.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

We are registered as Clinical Psychologists, which is a legally protected title requiring registration with the Health and Care ProfessionsCouncil (HCPC). This ensures that those using this title have completed the correct training and meet the required standards. To remain on the register ,professionals are required to keep their skills and knowledge up to date through continued professional development. Registered professionals are listed on the HCPC website.

Nova Scotia Board of Educational Psychologists (NSBEP)

The NSBEP protects the public by regulating practitioners of psychology in Nova Scotia.  This involves setting registration requirements and professional standards; and investigating and addressing complaints against Psychologists.

Services

Assessment

As Clinical Psychologists, we have been trained to assess for awide range of psychological problems and to make recommendations regarding themost appropriate forms of help.

The process of the assessment is collaborative, as we work withyou to explore and identify the areas you would like to work on. Our stance isone of acceptance, care and compassion as we discuss your concerns and thinkabout what you would like to achieve.

We aim to make the assessment process a therapeutic experiencein itself, which means that we help you to manage any symptoms that arise inthe room with us. This will help you to build the skills necessary to alleviateyour difficulties right from the beginning.

By the end of the assessment, we aim to give you a betterunderstanding of what may have contributed to the development of yourdifficulties and provide you with recommendations regarding the best wayforward for you. If we are not best placed to help you – we will be open andhonest with you about this.

The assessment session typically takes place over 90 minutes.

Some of our Experiential Dynamic Therapists will offer you a 3hour assessment, which allows for a larger therapeutic element and assessmentof your response to treatment.

Psychological Therapy

There is a vast array of therapeutic approaches. In the process of reviewing which approach is best, it is important to recognise that each approach has a tendency to highlight particular concepts whilst ignoring or paying less attention to others. As such, each approach will have its strengths and limitations.

As Clinical Psychologists, we use our knowledge, expertise and experience to tailor therapy to meet your needs. Our training and dedication to continued professional development means that we aim to provide you with the best psychotherapy using effective methods and a collaborative relationship.

Together we will aim for transformation and resolution of your difficulties – beyond surviving your problems, and towards a life well lived, with inner confidence, meaning, vitality and strength.

We will aim well beyond ‘managing your problems’ and ‘self-understanding’.

We work in a progressive way that can really make a difference, we will be open and honest about what we are doing. Here is an overview that will help you understand:

  • Firstly, we will aim to understand your specific concerns and what you want to change.
  • We will then consider the evidence base and use our specialist training to help you to understand and overcome your difficulties.
  • We will adjust what and how we use our skills and knowledge based on your response and feedback.
  • We will measure and monitor your difficulties session-by-session.
  • It is important to understand that sometimes difficulties get worse before they get better, as people become more aware of problems, or underlying difficulties or traumas come to the surface.
  • Regularly hearing your reflections and gaining your feedback will be an integral part of our work together to facilitate your growth and development.

We offer sessions of an hour, or an hour and a half. How long we work together is your choice and will depend on what you would like to achieve.We hope to be able to give you an estimate on how long this may take, and we can evaluate your progress as we go. You are not obligated to attend any set number of sessions.

Written Reports

If you require a written report, we can provide this. The fee for this will be in addition to any face-to-face meetings we have and will depend on the nature and depth of the report you require.

The depth and accuracy of a psychological assessment tends to increase when information is gathered from a variety of sources. Therefore, itis common during the assessment process to be given the option to completeselected psychometric measures. If available, information from other sources,such as your GP, Psychiatrist, or other professional may also be incorporated;this tends to occur more when reports are written for insurance or legalpurposes.

Experiential Dynamic Therapy

EDT is Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. It is a form of psychotherapy whose aim is to enable you, in a reasonably short time, to change yourself for the better. You are helped to experience your emotions as fully as possible from within a therapist/patient relationship that is genuine, personal and respectful.  You can then come to understand the roots of your suffering and how this suffering is kept alive.  It then becomes possible to start healing and work towards becoming happier and more well-adjusted.

EDT sees feelings, emotions, impulses and desires as a deep and meaningful expression of who you are. It uses basic dynamic theory and concepts, but is open to integrate elements of other models to help the patient. It is rooted in the patient/therapist relationship.

Every practitioner of EDT eventually develops a unique style of treatment. Some clinicians have formalised their ways of working into distinct systems of psychotherapy.  These psychotherapeutic approaches all share the common features of being psychodynamic in orientation and emphasising the promotion of healthy emotional experience to foster rapid, deep and lasting therapeutic change.

There is a substantial body of research demonstrating that EDT treatment is rapid and effective, with gains maintained and even enhanced at long-term follow-up.

The Experiential Dynamic Therapies share a number of characteristics. They are all:

  •  Psychodynamic: working with conflicting unconscious forces within the psyche, with a particular focus on defences, anxiety, avoided feelings, and transference.  Other aspects of psychoanalytic theory and practice are de-emphasised and even rejected.
  • Experiential: EDTs emphasise the importance of experiencing rather than avoiding healthy emotions during psychotherapy sessions, because simply talking about emotions is not sufficient to bring therapeutic change.
  • Relational: EDTs focus on emotional closeness and attachment, and make central use of the therapeutic relationship for both assessment and treatment.
  • Transformation-oriented: the goal of theEDTs is to help patients achieve meaningful change as rapidly as possible; for many patients, this means a fundamental shift in their orientation to themselves, their relationships, and the world.  While many EDTs retain the words “short-term”in their titles, the foremost goal of an EDT is to achieve significant, lasting change.  In many cases, therapy is dramatically shorter than traditional long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy.

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Referrers

We work in collaboration with businesses requiring the use of psychology services, tailoring our services to suit your needs. We currently provide solutions to a number of organisations:

GPs and Medical Services

We offer a range of services aimed at assessing and treating common and complex emotional problems. We are well placed to respond to the gap in services often found between primary and secondary mental health services.Our EDT trained clinicians are particularly well trained in working with medically unexplained symptoms.

Occupational Health Services and Directors of Small Businesses

Our services aim to provide you with ways to resolve problems with absence, performance and inappropriate behaviour. Our assessments are based on your needs and can offer you a clear picture of what the individual’s problem is along with recommendations for treatment, and possible adjustments in the workplace. Treatment is tailored to the individual and their problem with the use of outcome measures to assess progress, which is typically reported to you in an interim and closing report.

Solicitors

Our services are best placed to help you meet the treatment needs of your clients in conjunction with the recommendations of the expert conducting the initial report for the court. We specialise in treating psychological trauma, providing CBT and EMDR in addition to EDT (hyperlink toEDT’s in Services section) for cases of a more complex nature.

FAQs

Why should I consider therapy?

Because emotional pain is as legitimate as physical pain, and the removal of pain sometimes requires assistance from a professional. Because your mind and body are inexorably linked, what affects your mind will affect your physical health and what affects your body will affect your mental health. Because you can spend years reliving and re-experiencing the same problems over and over again particularly in your close relationships. Because the progress you can make with professional help is generally much quicker than attempting to cope alone; sometimes by a matter of years.

I’ve been looking at a number of therapists, how do I choose which one to see?

Generally there are two main factors related to successful therapy. The first is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and the person seeking assistance. Without a good therapeutic relationship, it is unlikely that therapeutic interventions will be effective. Therefore, it is important you choose somebody that you feel comfortable with. To do this, you may decide to contact or see a number of therapists before committing to one.

The second factor relates to professional competence and the degree to which they have invested the time and energy it requires to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to help those seeking therapy. To gauge this, it is advisable to read what they have to say, contact them with any questions you have, and ensure they are professionally registered.

What is a Clinical Psychologist?

‘Clinical’ refers to the focus on reducing psychological distress.

‘Psychology’ refers to the study of the mind using science.

To qualify as a Clinical Psychologist, not only are individuals are required to have completed an undergraduate degree or conversion course that is accredited by the British Psychological Society(BPS), they are required to gain substantial clinical experience, and to complete a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, which involves working in a variety of clinical settings, typically within NHS mental health services. This process usually takes at least 8 years to complete. To use the title ofClinical Psychologist, professionals must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as it is a legally protected title.

Clinical Psychologists tend to integrate psychological research and theory with their therapeutic approach. The breadth of their knowledge equips them to work with common and complex presentations. In the process, they are less likely to use diagnostic categories to classify a person’s problems, because such methods are generally considered to be unreliable. Instead, they are more likely to place an emphasis on a detailed understanding of a person’s difficulties using a process known as formulation, which identifies and maps out the main contributing factors that are unique to the individual. As ClinicalPsychologists are trained in a range of psychological approaches, treatment plans tend to be tailor made to suit individual needs. Unlike Psychiatrists,Clinical Psychologists do not prescribe drug treatments.

What is a counsellor/psychotherapist?

The terms counsellor and psychotherapist tend to be used interchangeably to describe a person who practices psychotherapy. In itself, psychotherapy is a general term used to describe any method that works with mental, emotional or behavioural problems. Therefore, the level of training, experience, and skill can vary considerably between those using the title of counsellor or psychotherapist.

Whilst counsellor and psychotherapist are not legally protected titles, meaning anyone can use them irrespective of their qualifications or experience, organisations such as the UK Counsel for Psychotherapy, and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy have set up voluntary registers for those that have completed accredited courses.

What is a Psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists are medically trained doctors who also have some training in psychology. When assessing individuals, they tend to use diagnostic terms to describe a person’s problems. This involves using a classification system such as the ICD-10(European system) or the DSM-V (American system).

Diagnostic terms can be useful when attempting to gain a general understanding of what a problem involves as it gives shared language to describe a particular set of symptoms. They can provide a useful framework for professionals attempting to conduct research, establish treatment protocols, and set up services. Some people suffering from symptoms like the reassurance of a diagnosis as it gives their experience a name. Others find it less useful as it tends to overlook individual differences and does not explain why they are experiencing these problems. Due to individual differences and the overlapping nature of symptom presentations, misdiagnosis can be problematic and confusing to individuals, especially when they receive different or multiple diagnoses from different professionals. Another problem associated with diagnostic terms is the way they can be misused in a way that blames or stigmatises people.

Due to their medical training, Psychiatrists are licensed to prescribe medication.Whilst there is a tendency for Psychiatrists to work in collaboration with others who offer psychological therapy, there are some who will have specialised in psychotherapy to allow them to offer a talking therapy themselves.

What are your fees?

Fees are charged at an hourly rate and vary between clinicians, dependent on their level of experience.

In the UK, Dr Bolton charges £120 per hour.

In Canada, Dr Cooper charges $??? per hour

Lower fees are sometimes available when we have Trainee Clinical Psychologists on placement with us.

How are fees paid?

If you are paying for therapy yourself, then we ask you to pay when you make the initial appointment via internet banking or online payment.  If you are a regular client you can pay via internet banking prior to the appointment. you can pay after each session, via card payment machine or cash. 

If your insurance company is paying, then we will need to discuss whether you pay and claim the money back, or whether we issue an invoice to them directly. If the insurance company fails to pay, then we will ask you to do so. If you are unable to pay, then therapy cannot continue.

What is your cancellation policy?

Since the scheduling of an appointment involves the reservation of time specifically for you, a minimum of 48 hours (2 days) notice is required for cancelling an appointment. The full fee will be charged for appointments cancelled at short notice, i.e. within 48 hours of the appointment time. If an appointment is missed without notification, the full fee will also be charged.