WHAT WE CAN HELP WITH
Long term Developmental Trauma, such as childhood trauma
Experiences of abuse
Experiences of neglect
Behaviour that is causing issues in your life
Difficulties in managing behaviour
Difficulties in relationships
Aggression or behavioural difficulties
Sexual or violent thoughts
I know that seeing a list like this can feel very confusing - get in touch and we can talk it through before you make any decisions about therapy.
What to expect when booking
At Glass Oak Psychology, we have experienced and highly trained practitioner psychologists who are ready to help you. As is with many types of jobs, Psychologists all have different training and experience depending on their expertise and places of work. Therefore, when booking you will be first asked to provide a brief summary (you don't have to go into detail!) about why you're accessing therapy. Then, we will make sure that you are placed with the Psychologist that has the best training and expertise to help you. Below, you will see some examples in the 'models' that our Psychologists are trained in, and how it is that they might help.
As part of our services, you may notice that many of the psychologists are 'Forensic Psychologists'. Forensic Psychologists usually find themselves working in secure settings. This expertise and experience means that they are adept and skilled in working with complex presentations, long-term difficulties, with people who have experienced periods of secure conditions, developmental trauma, and risky behaviours or thoughts. In secure settings, Forensic Psychologists gain the invaluable ability of helping people who are experiencing very difficult circumstances. This experience is crucial in helping more complex or long-term difficulties that may be impacting on your life.
All of the Psychologists working at Glass Oak have training in appropriate therapeutic models (see below), have extensive academic careers including doctoral training, and years of experience working in public sectors.
When thinking about starting therapy, think about it as a long-term commitment. We're not just putting a plaster on the wound, we’re taking our time to understand what is going on and changing it from within for a much more effective treatment.
See below some further information about the therapy models used:-
Schema therapy - More information
Compassion Focused Therapy - More information
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - More information
Polyvagal Theory - More information
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) - More information
Mindfulness - More information
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - More information
Therapy tends to take this structure –
1) Formulation—this is ‘getting to know you’. What are you experiencing? Where does this come from? What events might have led to this? A lot of this will look at your childhood and life experiences and then developing a ‘map’, which is a description of you. It can be extremely therapeutic to see this map, because you can finally understand yourself better. (This can also be the part we develop a ‘risk plan’ or a ‘crisis plan’ if you’re struggling with issues that can be risky for you).
2) Planning—based on your formulation, we can then understand what treatment needs that you have. So, we’re not just doing a ‘one size fits all’ therapy (i.e., “you have anxiety—this is anxiety treatment”). It’s tailored specifically to what you need, based on the map that we have already created together. This planning will be collaborative and open, so you know exactly what is going on and there are no surprises.
3) Therapy—this is where we get into the therapy. Please see the above section for some information on what models we follow, if this interests you.
4) Review and Consolidation—When you feel the time is right, we will think about decreasing the amount of therapy that you have slowly (e.g., going from once a week, to once every two weeks). I will not spring this on you; it is a collaborative process always.
"I am open to services"
If you are currently being supported by any service in the public sector, you can still access support through us.
If you are open to Probation, NHS crisis teams, Social care, Safeguarding procedures or are currently going through a court process - you will be asked to share information about this as lines of communication will need to be opened.
We may be expected to provide updates on your progress, depending on the service.
Speak to your Probation officer, social worker, or any agency representative about wanting to start therapy and we are more than happy to speak with them about how that would work.
The button below leads to a page for people who have read the information so far, and are still unsure if we can help.
By clicking the button below, it will take you to a page that is more specific for what might be considered 'risky' concerns. What we mean by 'risky' is that the behaviours, thoughts or difficulties have the potential to lead to a criminal conviction. It also has information for people who have a criminal conviction and are looking for more support.
Please note, at Glass Oak Psychology we help all kinds of people to support with the prevention and management of complex and difficult experiences. The language, risk concerns and behaviours discussed on this page may be distressing for some - only access this information if you feel that you need it.