In the UK, approximately 1 in 4 of us will experience psychological difficulties during the course of one year. At Purple House, our services are aimed at helping people to regain control of their emotions and behaviours so that they can lead more fulfilling lives.
We can provide help (psychological therapy / assessment) for a range of common difficulties, including: Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma, Abuse/Neglect, Postnatal/Antenatal Depression, Stress, Adjustment to Life Events (e.g. divorce, bereavement, redundancy, injury/illness), Low Self-esteem, Interpersonal Difficulties, Relationship Difficulties, Long-term Emotional Problems, Phobias, Eating Disorders, Complex Trauma, Cognitive Difficulties and Sleeping problems (to name but a few). Our Psychologists and Psychological Therapists are trained to work with a wide range of problems. Each member of the team also has their own particular areas of special interest and expertise.
Prior to commencing any therapy, we always undertake an assessment. The initial assessment usually takes place in an extended session (1.5 hours). This assessment gives us the opportunity to explore the nature of a person's difficulties in order to offer a formulation about the factors influencing and maintaining problems, and to make some recommendations about the type of approach that might help.
We also offer In-depth Psychological Assessments which may be required as part of on-going therapy, or may be requested as a stand-alone piece of work. In-depth assessments are different from the, usually briefer, form of assessment involved at the start of therapy. The aim of In-depth Psychological Assessment is to enhance understanding of several different aspects of a person including their emotional well-being, social functioning, behaviour, personality and cognitive capabilities. Usually these types of assessments are requested when a problem arises in a person’s life for which there is no clear explanation, for example, problems with mood, anxiety, behaviour or relationships. Alternatively, there might be questions about the possible presence of a certain condition, such as autism, or the presence of cognitive/ neuropsychological difficulties. An in-depth psychological assessment may include: clinical interviews, history-taking, reading of any relevant personal records or reports, psychometric testing, questionnaires, and interviews with family members. From this, a more detailed understanding of the person's situation is achieved which can help the person or their family plan effective methods of help.
Our fully qualified Psychologists and Psychological Therapists offer a number of different therapies. Any one practitioner is usually trained in a number of different modalities and they often integrate several approaches into their work. Sometimes, individual practitioners will have undergone higher level training, and therefore have specific expertise in a particular therapy. Therapy sessions usually last 1 hour although, depending on the modality used, sessions may be slightly shorter or slightly longer. The therapeutic approaches we offer include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Schema Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Attachment Focused Therapy (AFT)
- Creative Therapies
- Narrative Therapy
- Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
For more information or to discuss a referral, please contact us directly.