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Accessing Talking Therapy Services Privately

This page will tell you all you need to know about the type of talking therapies we offer and how you can book to see a private counsellor/Integrative therapist.

Does private therapy mean I have to pay for the sessions?

Yes. However, although private sessions are not free of charge, we have some sessions that will pop up and are available with a sliding scale fee, reduced for those with lower incomes or less money to spare after personal expenses. ​ Please feel free to reach out to us by using the enquiry form to ask a question about a service you are interested in or request a call back to discuss options. You can also request to be alerted by text or email whenever these sessions become available.

What is talking therapy?

Talking therapies involve talking to someone who is trained to help you deal with your negative feelings. It includes counselling and other therapies and approaches. Talk therapy also includes psychotherapy and Integrative Therapy and branches out in many different directions, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), emotionally focused therapy (EFT), psychodynamic therapy, humanistic therapy, and more.

What type of talking therapy does wellbeing matters offer?

We are primarily trained in a Humanistic Integrative Approach.

The Humanistic aspect focuses on the individual as a whole. It encourages people to think about their feelings and take responsibility for their thoughts and actions. The emphasis is on self-development and achieving your highest potential rather than on problematic behaviour.  Gestalt therapy, person-centred therapy, transactional analysis and transpersonal therapy are all humanistic approaches.

The Integrative approach in a counselling/therapy session considers your mental, physical and emotional needs. Your therapist will use techniques and tools from different modalities to tailor an individual approach for you. An integrative counsellor aims to build a trusting and non-judgmental relationship that helps you develop self-awareness. When you understand the causes of your concerns or triggers for your behaviour, you can confidently set goals and develop new behaviours to improve your satisfaction with life.

However, some Counsellors, Therapists, and Coaches hold additional certificates on top of their primary training. You can see a full list of what we offer further along on this page! 

Where can I see a private counsellor/therapist as soon as possible?

We understand how frustrating it can be to wait weeks or months on waiting lists for appointments, which is why we offer remote sessions available through online zoom and telephone. This is the fastest and most accessible way to get the help and support you or a loved one needs. Remote sessions are the most accessible because we can reach out to people across the whole of the UK.

Can I see a private counsellor/therapist face-to-face, in person?

Yes, from November 2021. However, the private therapy rooms are limited to a few locations within Dorset, UK. There will be a progressive movement towards more face to face sessions being an option at more locations around Dorset and Hampshire, UK. You can find out more about this by filling out the initial enquiry and requesting a call back to discuss.

New skills and approaches are being added all the time, and here below are the different integrative and some stand-alone approaches we offer:

Integrative Therapy

Integrative therapists are trained in a range of approaches and modalities, some are offered as stand-alone therapies, some integrate into sessions. Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, HeartMath Resilience and NLP can deepen and enrich sessions. Some provide new skills to manage mood, improve confidence and develop new ways to thrive more in life. Trained Integrative therapists can tailor approaches to suit your individuality and needs.

Person-Centred Counselling

Person-Centred counselling sessions, provide you with a safe and confidential space to talk and explore your feelings without judgment. Sessions typically last 50 minutes and can help you to process distressing emotions and challenging situations.

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)

Emotionally focused therapy (EFIT) is an approach for developing a secure and resilient relationship with self and others. Therapists who have trained in this approach can help you understand your own and others’ emotions and address any insecurities and conflicts so you can better interact in a more responsive and emotionally connected way.

Holistic Coaching

Coaching can help you develop your personal capabilities, interpersonal skills and capacity to understand and empathise with others. We offer this as a stand-alone service for private sessions and as an integrative approach in our other services. Please get in touch with us to book a friendly 20-minute no-obligation conversation to discuss if this is the right service for you. These sessions last 50 minutes.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)​

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)​

This therapy treatment resolves symptoms resulting from disturbing and traumatic life experiences. Studies show that when in REM sleep, we can make new associations between things very rapidly. EMDR is designed to tap into this high-speed processing mode that we all have, helping the brain to process the unresolved memories and make them less distressing.

HeartMath Techniques

Simple techniques to create alignment between our brain, heart and feelings, based on over 25 years of scientific research. Monitors can show the connection between the heart and the brain, which can help you reduce stress, find balance, and build resilience. Understanding this communication and its relationship to managing stress increases coherence and deepens our connection to self and others.

Gestalt Therapy

The name Gestalt is derived from the German for ‘whole’ or ‘pattern’. Therapists can help you to focus on the here and now and your immediate thoughts, feelings and behaviour to better understand how you relate to others and to situations. This can help you find a new, positive perspective on problems and bring about changes in your life. Gestalt therapy often includes acting out scenarios and dream recall and is effective in treating issues such as anxiety, stress, addiction, tension and depression.

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)

NLP combines cognitive behavioural and humanistic therapies with hypnotherapy. It works on the theory that life experiences, from birth onwards, programme the way you see the world. Practitioners help you to discover how you have learnt to think or feel so that you can take control of your actions. They will also look at your successes, so you can use these to develop further successful skills and behaviours.NLP is generally used as an additional way of working with other types of therapy rather than on its own.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT aims to help you change the way you think and what you do.
Rather than looking at past causes, it focuses on current problems and practical solutions to help you feel better now. If we view a situation negatively, we may experience negative emotions and feelings which lead us to behave in an unhelpful way. Your therapist will help you identify and challenge any negative thinking so you can deal with situations better and behave in a more positive way. CBT can be helpful for depression, anxiety, stress, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders and managing long term conditions

Transactional Analysis (TA)

Transactional analysis is a comprehensive approach that incorporates aspects of humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic therapy. It categorises the human personality into three states – Parent, Adult and Child – which can help you understand how you interact with others. Therapists also look at how your beliefs and the way you interpret the world around you can create recurrent and problematic patterns of behaviour and work with you to help you change.