Different services and approaches
We provide counselling, psychotherapy and clinical supervision services.
Each of the CPA members has their own individual practice, and their own areas of specialisation.
We work with individuals, couples and families, depending on the current focus and available capacity of each individual practitioner.
We have no commitment as a group to any methodology, approach or modality.
As a group CPA partners do not attempt to provide a co-ordinated or comprehensive psychotherapy or counselling service across the business. However where it is required and appropriate, and in line with ethical practice, we actively collaborate and make referrals both among ourselves, with our sub-lessees and other professionals, to help our clients access specific expertise to meet their needs.
What is counselling?
Counselling is a process in which you can discuss problems that happen in every day life that cause you emotional distress or to feel overwhelmed. Counselling will help you identify what your problem is, and will assist you in finding the best way to cope, for example:
- changing behaviours
- conflicts in relationships
- work issues
- career decisions
- illness, grief and loss.
The counsellor helps people to process their experience and then make the desired changes that will help in particular issues.
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is generally longer term than counselling and is a way of working more deeply with people who have emotional problems or difficulties that seem to have been around for a long time.
- feeling empty, alone or dissatisfied with life
- difficulties tolerating frustration or enduring rejection
- wanting a sense of direction or a better understanding of themselves.
A therapeutic relationship with a psychotherapist enables a person to work through issues from their past, and change repetitive patterns of behaviour that may be having a negative effect on their life. Psychotherapy is likely to focus on deeper levels of thoughts, feelings and behaviours and address unconscious motivations and processes. The therapeutic partnership may sometimes feel intense, yet has an objective distance, which enables the person to work through their issues.
What is clinical supervision?
The users of clinical supervision services are professional who work in counselling, psychotherapy, and other health related disciplines.
The purpose of supervision is to assist practitioners to learn from their experiences, so that they continue to develop their expertise and improve the service they provide to their clients.