Psychotherapy (also referred to as ‘talking therapy’) describes the process of reducing an individual’s feelings of distress. Alternatively, the aim may be to prevent further deterioration or distress, and to maximise capabilities and autonomy. It is essential to provide them with a safe and confidential environment in which they can discuss their problems and experiences, in order for the therapy to take place. The relationship between client and therapist is crucial; the individual must feel comfortable to talk freely, to receive the maximum benefits of the treatment.

There are many different types of therapy, each of which is aimed to help the individual in a different way. Many therapies encourage the individuals talk through their problems, where as others may not, for example art therapy may encourage the client to express their feelings through the medium of drama or dance.

Therapy can be a challenging experience and whilst a particular therapy will work well for one individual, it may not work at all for another, therefore, it is necessary to find the right type of therapy to suit both the individual and the issue.


How long does therapy last?

The length of a series of therapy sessions can vary from a single consultation, to six weeks or over a year, dependant on the needs of the client.

Both short-term and long-term therapies can be used effectively with a wide range of complex or long-standing problems. In general short-term interventions are used to focus on specific problems whereas longer-term therapies often use a broader approach. 


Who can benefit from psychotherapy?

Therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of emotional and behavioural problems, such as anxiety, depression or problems with relationships. It is suitable for people of all ages, genders, ethnicities and learning abilities and sexual orientations.

Sometimes psychotherapy may not be the best option for a particular problem, attending a self-help group or another voluntary organisation may be more useful. Factors such as these can be considered during the initial consultation with the therapist.

It is difficult to prescribe therapies, as people are individuals and their experiences are unique, therefore before initiating a particular type of treatment, you will be invited for an assessment with a therapist. They will work with you to find the most suitable therapy option that is felt to be the most beneficial therapy pathway for your problem.

We are informed by NICE Guidelines, research findings and professional training and expertise.


A good quality service?

All the therapists at Centre Court abide by strict ethical codes of conduct set by their accrediting bodies. They receive regular supervision and are actively involved in continuing professional development.

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Service Lead: Jane Moses
Head of Administration: Charlotte Hryniow

Psychotherapy Department
First Floor
Centre Court
73 Exeter Street

Tel: (01752) 435510


Opening Hours

Monday: 8am - 6pm
Tuesday: 8am - 8pm
Wednesday: 8am - 6pm
Thursday: 8am - 6pm
Friday: 8am - 6pm