Types of Psychotherapy

Each psychotherapy sessions is  60 minutes, secure video conferencing or telephone is used.  Below are are the evidence based therapies that are used.

Due to therapist availability Severn Wellness are not able to offer any one 2 one appointments until June 2022. Please visit the CBT register for accredited therapists. 

CBT (Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy) - counselling

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a talking and behaviour therapy.  It is based on the concept that thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviours are all interconnected: What people think affects how they feel and how they behave.

Psychotherapists help people identify and change their thinking and unhelpful behaviour. The result is a major improvement in how a person feels and lives.  CBT helps people who are experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties. Furthermore it is recommended by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for common Mental Health Conditions such as depression and anxiety.  NICE provides independent, evidence-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill-health.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT is a behavioural psychotherapy, it differs from CBT. Instead of challenging distressing thoughts by looking for evidence, thought is accepted as a thought, e.g. "I'm having the thought that I will embarrass myself during the presentation", and then defused using a variety of techniques.

ACT uses three broad categories of techniques: Mindfulness (being present), defusion techniques and commitment to values based living. ACT is based on the concept that trying to rid ourselves of pain and distress only increases it, this then turns and into something traumatic. The alternative is to accept it, this does not mean giving up or being defeated. Acceptance is an acknowledgement of and a willingness to allow these experiences.

Acceptance and Commitment Coaching (ACC) is a relatively new form of coaching. Is particularly helpful for life and workplace coaching. It is used widely in corporate environments when working with performance enhancement and continued success.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - counselling
Compassion Focused Therapy - Counselling

Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)

CFT integrates techniques from CBT, concepts from evolutionary Psychology, social Psychology, Buddhist Psychology and neuroscience. The central therapeutic technique of CFT is compassionate mind training. Compassion focused therapy is especially appropriate for people who have high levels of shame and self-criticism. Compassionate mind training helps transform problematic patterns of cognition and emotion related to shame, self-criticism, anger and anxiety.

Therapists will assess each client and make recommendations following the initial assessment. Often interventions and techniques from all of the above therapies are utilised. All therapies and evidence based.

Eye Movement and Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of Psychotherapy designed to help people recover from traumatic events in their lives. The mind can often heal itself naturally, in the same way as the body does. Much of this natural coping mechanism occurs during sleep, particularly during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. EMDR was developed utilising this natural process to effectively treat a wide range of Mental Health Problems.  EMDR is recognised by the World Health Organisation and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

What Can Psychotherapy Help With?

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Stress and Burnout
  • Panic Disorder
  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Phobias
  • Depression
  • Mental Health Conditions
  • Trauma
  • Social Anxiety Disorders
  • Health Anxiety


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