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Our knowledge and skills are based on a meticulous approach to reviewing the literature and our practice is regulated by the British Psychological Society and the Health and Care Professions Council.
As Chartered Psychologists, we are able offer an integrated approach using various therapeutic elements that are solution-focused, drawing on a range of techniques, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Skills Training. We also offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy for trauma.
Our therapy services are focused on you, the client. An advantage to using Private Therapeutic Services is that you can avoid the waiting lists and process of contacting (often numerous) health care services to discuss your needs repeatedly. There is also a higher degree of privacy and your contact with our service will not appear on medical records.
We work with you to explore your own individual needs and goals. Rather than a reliance on therapeutic traditions or ideology, we tailor the service based on your unique circumstances. We are able to provide services for a range of issues, whether diagnosed or without prior experience of health care services. Difficulties we can help with include: trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, attachment difficulties, phobias, anger management difficulties and domestic violence (survivors and perpetrators), anxiety, stress, substance misuse, bereavement, personality difficulties and depression.
Our recommendations, based on assessment of your needs, will be discussed with you, with goals being set collaboratively.
Please contact us using the enquiry form for further information as to our services. Please note that information is treated as sensitive and is handled in accordance with our policy of confidentiality.
We offer client-centred, individualised programmes, based on a needs assessment of each client. We also offer treatment programmes and group programmes for clients referred from external agencies and services. Group treatment is available where it is deemed that this format is the best suited to the individuals involved in addressing their needs, in accordance with the literature that suggests group work has benefits for certain circumstances, including for anger management and domestic violence (survivor and perpetrator). Each individual engaged in group work is assessed to determine their suitability and individual needs are also addressed in this context.
Our service is led by two Chartered Forensic Psychologists, regulated by the BPS and HCPC. We pride ourselves on our approach of regular reviewing of the literature and assimilating this into our practice to ensure that clients received the best possible services. This means we are not restricted by practice ideologies or targets, as is often the case with publicly available services. We endeavor to continually improve our services by reviewing our own practice, which includes regular engagement in training to ensure our knowledge and practice is up to date. This includes training with official providers and thus affiliation with organisations with a reputable approach in their respective fields.
For further information, including an information pack, please contact us today.
Our services are able to address, but are not restricted to, the following:
Many of the so-called talking therapies have a common approach, as used by the Psychologists at PM Psychology. We will ask our clients about their unique problems, what made them decide to seek therapy and what their aims are. As a service that focuses on the individual, we aim to become experts on your problems and to gain an understanding that will allow us to address issues in the best way for you. This approach includes exploring factors that are contributing to your problems, whether directly or indirectly, from which we formulate a plan with you. Contributing factors may include how you spend your time, physical factors (including how you sleep and your diet), your emotions, your surroundings and the way you think. Over the course of treatment, we will measure your progress and make recommendations accordingly to ensure the best chance of acquiring and maintaining skills that will improve your everyday life.
What To Expect
After we receive you initial enquiry, we will discuss further our service and how we may be able to provide therapeutic assistance. If you decide to pursue treatment, we would undertake an assessment interview to explore your own unique circumstance and needs. This will be done at your own pace, using an evidence-based approach with which we have extensive experience.
The outcome of this exploration helps us to plan a treatment programme and to give you the information you need to decide your future therapy needs. We will discuss the assessment with you and recommend how to help you move forward, whilst being open to your suggestions regarding your preferences.
At this stage we will discuss the frequency of appointments and approximately how many sessions you will need, although this can only be approximate at this stage, depending on how you feel the treatment is progressing.
In circumstances where we feel unable to meet your needs, we will help you to find an appropriate service and provide the outcome of your assessment should you wish for us to do so. We will also tell you if you would be best to obtain the work you need through the NHS and we will be happy to write to your GP, with your permission, to outline our recommendations.
Please see the link for our fees as a guide. Our costs are variable, depending on your circumstances with reduced charges for students, retired people and people on benefits or not working. We also offer a limited number of free treatments.
Trauma / PTSD
We understand that a traumatic event in your life can have long lasting effects. This may include flashbacks, re-living the event, avoidance (of areas, even smells and tastes), and/or self-medication. If an experience you've had is causing difficulties, it's time to seek professional help and guidance. The outcomes for treatment of trauma are positive and no one should have to suffer the effects of past experiences.
At PM Psychology, we are trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy, as recommended by NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). Given that not all approaches are suitable for all individuals, we are able to discuss other approaches to the treatment of trauma.
For a consultation and to discuss your needs in confidence, contact us today using the enquiry form below.
Everyone understands and has some experience of the effects of sleep deprivation and tiredness, which can affect our functioning, as well as making us feel anxious, irritable, depressed and be detrimental to our ability to pay attention, engage socially and acquire/recall new skills. For many, difficulties with sleep can become a chronic problem and have an impact on many areas of our life. At PM Psychology, we are trained in delivering evidence-based treatment, based on an assessment of your unique situation in order to ensure we are able to help you overcome sleep difficulties and insomnia.
For further information or to discuss your needs in confidence, contact PM Psychology today using the enquiry form below.
Phobias, whether specific or general, can have a detrimental impact on day-day life and can have a number of causes. If your phobia is taking control of your life there is another way. The experience of a phobia is common throughout the population in the UK and the good news is that outcome studies of those who seek therapeutic help are positive.
Depending on your specific phobia, cause and personal preference, we are able to deliver treatment that suits your needs. This can include the talking therapy approach and/or desensitization. The approach is discussed and based on an assessment of your unique circumstances.
For an informal but professional discussion, or to enquire further, please contact PM Psychological, in confidence, using the enquiry form below.
Anxiety & Depression
The causes and maintenance of anxiety and depression are vast, with their expression and effect on our functioning being equally as diverse from one individual to the next. Both can cause issues that affect our sleep, diet, interaction with others, mood, motivation and overall quality of life. Often, individuals are not able to express precisely their experiences, but are aware that something has ‘changed’ or does not feel right. Both anxiety and depression can result from an event or period in our lives that may act as a trigger, whereas others may suffer as a result of biological, environmental and/or social influences; for some there is no apparent or obvious cause. Anxiety and depression are extremely common and often require intervention in order to help us move forward towards a higher quality of life.
At PM Psychology, we recognise that treatment of anxiety and depression depends greatly on the individual’s unique circumtances and, therefore, we take a meticulous approach to assessment to ensure that your needs are being considered. This greatly improves the chance of positive outcomes of therapy, with an approach that is flexible and adaptable, depending on your progress. Goals are set collaboratively and you are very much in control, to ensure a comfortable approach that does not overwhelm. The techniques used are all evidence-based, meaning that they have been shown in the research literature to be associated with positive outcomes. With a basis in CBT, other approaches are drawn upon to enhance effectiveness, including DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy) skills training and ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), at a pace that suits you.
If you're ready to explore options to address any symptoms of anxiety and depression and PM Psychology can help you get to the root cause of it and with you side by side, we can help you get your life back on track.
To discuss your needs, or to enquire further in complete confidence, get in touch with PM Psychology today using the enquiry form below.
Domestic Violence Therapy
Our service provides treatment for individuals who have either been subjected to domestic violence, or are willing to make changes having perpetrated domestic violence in the past. The definition of Domestic Violence is broad and includes physical violence, intimidation, emotional abuse, bullying, financial abuse, harassment and controlling behaviour. Domestic violence doesn't discriminate, and we've found in our extensive experience over the years helping domestic violence victims that it can happen regardless of class, age, sexuality, race or gender. We understand that both men and woman of all walks of life can suffer it and we're able to approach the issue with care, experience, and discretion.
Survivors of Domestic Violence
For those who have experienced Domestic Violence, the Psychologists at our service have extensive experience in working with individuals and understand the difficulties in first an individual being able to recognise they are suffering from Domestic Violence and for an individual to then admit to this and seek help. We are aware of the sensitive nature of such situations and offer support in confidence as we aim to help. This is done by exploring your current situation and collaboratively working to set goals. Given the unique circumstances of each individual, we explore your unique needs and determine a treatment plan accordingly. The therapeutic approach considers various techniques, drawn from different evidence-based therapies to ensure you receive the best possible service. This can involve one-one talking therapy, approaches to deal with any symptoms of trauma and/or support network and group therapy. This will be discussed with you to ensure you are comfortable with our suggested approach so that we can work together to move forwards.
Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
From our own experience and research, at PM Psychology we recognise that there are diverse factors that may lead to an individual being abusive in a relationship with a loved one. This can be relationship specific, or a pattern of behaviour across different relationships. At PM Psychology we recognise that there is strength in seeking help to address one’s behaviour and that individuals experience difficulty in first recognising their own behaviour and in admitting they need help to change. Our extensive experience allows us to explore your unique circumstances and to, as a result, recommend a treatment plan as we work collaboratively towards your goals. Our assessments explore factors including mental health, past trauma, personality and thinking styles to determine the appropriate approach that is right for you. The approaches used are evidence-based and draw on different techniques, depending on your needs. This can include: talking therapy, such as CBT, drawing on elements from DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy), ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy); skills training; EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy for any symptoms of trauma. Our approach can be one-one or group based, depending on your needs.
Our fully trained psychological therapists in London and Newcastle will listen to you and can come up with a range of methods and ways to support you. Please contact PM Psychology in confidence for further information using the enquiry form below.
We all have personality traits, which impact on our choices, behaviour and mood. However, the expression of certain traits can lead to difficulties as they affect our interpersonal relationships, motivation, thinking patterns and even self-damaging behaviour. If you're suffering from repeated patterns of behaviour, thinking and feeling, you may well be experiencing a form of this mental health issue. We understand that the expression of certain personality traits can create difficult social scenarios for you and can have a big impact on your personal life.
You may recognise that you repeatedly engage in behaviour that is detrimental to your own wellbeing, whether this is impulsive behaviour that you find yourself regretting, substance misuse, self-harm, aggression, or difficulties in interpersonal relationships. You may already have told by others that your behaviour is causing difficulties for yourself, or you may have received a diagnosis of Personality Disorder from another healthcare professional.
At PM Psychology, we recognise that individuals may not have a diagnosable disorder in order to experience such difficulties and will explore, in depth, your unique circumstances before collaboratively setting goals to improve your quality of life. Our approach to treatment is evidence-based and integrative, as we recognise the need for an adaptable approach in response to each individual’s unique circumstances. This can include: talking therapy, such as CBT, drawing on elements from DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy), ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy); skills training; EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy for any symptoms of trauma.
For a consultation and to discuss your needs in confidence, get in touch with PM Psychology using the enquiry form below.
PM Psychology can help you on the road to recovery. Addictions come in many forms, but if you're struggling with substance misuse you'll no doubt be aware of the negative impact this is having on your health, your finances, and your relationships.
Our approach is based on your own unique circumstances and needs. At PM Psychology, we understand that there are numerous reasons for which individuals find themselves trapped in a cycle of substance misuse and we aim to provide the best support possible based on an assessment to explore your own needs. The therapeutic services we provide are adapted to give you the best chance of maintaining recovery, with approaches that draw on elements from various evidence-based techniques. Often, substance misuse can mask underlying issues, including of trauma, anxiety, depression or issues with interpersonal relationships. Individuals may also have personality traits that predispose them to substance abuse. This is considered when drawing up a treatment plan with which you feel comfortable, with collaboratively set goals. The treatment programmes may be delivered on a one-one basis, or in a group setting, depending on your situation and preferences.
Contact PM Psychology in confidence today for further information or a consultation using the enquiry form below.
In our lifetime, we all have to face the reality of losing someone close to us. At PM Psychology, we recognise the difficulties that many encounter following a bereavement and understand each individual’s unique situation. We will provide a service specific to your own needs, at a pace comfortable for you and based on an exploration of your circumstances. Our approach is based on evidence-based techniques that are integrated to ensure the best service possible. We recognise that with grief, an individual may also suffer from anxiety, depression and/or trauma and this is considered during our exploration of your needs.
For help and support during this difficult time, contact Parsons Marshall Psychology in confidence using the enquiry form below and receive the dedication, care, and understanding you deserve.
At PM Psychology, we recognise that anger is a feeling common to us all; however, when our expression of anger causes difficulties to ourselves or others, it may be time to consider seeking therapeutic assistance to manage our anger.
Our approach to anger management is based on an exploration of your unique needs, following which we collaboratively plan a treatment programme, drawing upon elements from a range evidence-based approaches to ensure the best possible service. This can be addressed on a one-one basis, or in a group format, depending on your own needs and preferences.
To discuss your specific needs confidence, or for more information contact PM Psychology today using the enquiry form below.
Our approach is integrative, meaning that we do not rigidly adhere to only one approach; we use elements of a range of different therapies where appropriate to do so based on your own therapy needs. This includes the use of CBT, DBT, ACT and Skills Training. We also offer EMDR for trauma. As chartered Psychologists, we have been able to demonstrate to the regulatory body (the British Psychological Society) our ability to plan, implement and evaluate our practice, whilst ensuring that we are able to assimilate new research and evidence-base. As part of our membership to the BPS and the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) we are required to demonstrate continuing personal development, which includes regular peer discussions, reviewing the literature and taking part in training with official providers, to ensure the best service for our clients.
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the treatment of choice for most therapists in the UK and US. It is used to treat a range of mental health issues and often other treatments and counselling use certain approaches that have a basis in CBT. As a treatment for mental health issues, it originated in the 1970s and has been subject to on-going and long term research and has an evidence base that supports its continued use. Increasingly, CBT is also used to help individuals who do not have mental health issues, including building resilience and to improve how we think about problems and stressors.
Everyone is prone to unhealthy and problematic thinking patterns, whether our approach to a problem is affected by our mood or how we appraise the situation. It is easy for our thinking in this manner to become habitual and thus, the way we think about an issue over a stressful period or during a period of low mood can generalise into other circumstances. CBT sessions, therefore, are focused on the individual and solving current problems. Often this will involve planning and problem solving, including testing ideas to help find a solution. Eventually, such an approach becomes easy and our thinking habits become positive as an individual who has completed treatment with a CBT focus can apply these skills in everyday life.
DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based approach to helping individuals who may experience more intense emotional reactions. Originally designed as a treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT teaches skills that facilitate an individual being able to reconcile seemingly contradictory experiences: acceptance and change. There are various components to DBT: mindfulness skills to help an individual accept, rather than challenge feelings and experiences in order to reduce suffering; Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills to facilitate heathy, positive relationships with others; Emotion Regulation Skills, to facilitate a reduction in unwanted emotions and emotional vulnerability and Distress Tolerance Skills, facilitating an individual’s ability to reduce their experience of distress, including implementing self-soothing techniques. At PM Psychology, our individualised approach to treatment means that various skills from DBT are used where deemed appropriate, as part of an integrative approach to therapy.
ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy focuses on acceptance processes, which involve taking an open and non-judgemental stance to experience. Often when individuals have experienced periods of stress and/or mental health issues, a residual experience (or symptom) can be what is known as Experiential Avoidance, which involves attempts to postpone, escape and/or avoid experiences including thoughts, emotions, memories and behaviour. This may work as a short term approach to reducing unwanted thoughts and feelings, but over the longer-term can perpetuate circumstances that prevent an individual from being able to enjoy their day-day life. ACT focuses on this directly and is used as part of an integrative approach to treatment to improve an individual’s situation and experience of that situation.
As part of an integrative approach, identification of specific skills deficits or difficulties with implementation of certain skills in specific circumstances allows the facilitation of new skills to help an individual improve their everyday life. This may be with regard to social interaction, relationships, medical regimens, or various difficulties that do not necessarily fall under a diagnostic criteria. Having a skills means having knowledge of the means of accomplishing a task, the ability to use one’s knowledge to do so, the fluency in application and a developed competency in ability. Skills training techniques are often highly structured and with a focus on specific behaviours in sessions that have direct relevance to real-world situations. Skills training techniques are used as part of our integrative approach to therapy and with an aim of helping individuals to apply necessary skills to improve their everyday lives.
Individual and Group Work
Clients seeking individual treatment will receive such in a confidential manner in our private office where we intend to make the sessions as comfortable as possible. There are certain treatments, such as anger management and domestic violence programmes, that have been established in the research as being more effective when delivered in group settings. This has the advantage of allowing individuals to recognise that their circumstances are shared by others, with such realisation being important to facilitate progress in certain circumstances, whilst also allowing the development of a support network. Where group work is recommended, each client will be assessed individually to determine their suitability for group work to ensure a positive dynamic in a group that meets each individual’s needs. No client will be assigned to group work should this cause any issues for the client and/or others, or where a client has stated that they do not feel that this would be the best approach to their treatment.