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 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


Use the contact form or send an email to info@severnwellness.co.uk you will be contacted within 24 hours (business days only) to arrange your initial appointment at a time that is convenient to you. Please note, there is currently a 3 week waiting list for an assessment appointment.

The first session is known as an assessment session. Your therapist will ask about how you are feeling, what are you experiencing, thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical sensations and history. Your goals will be discussed.

This is different for each person, where there is a clinical diagnosis NICE guidelines are followed. However this varies considerably for each person and it is dependent on when a person feels as if they have reached their goals.

6 sessions are usually recommended as a minimum.  All therapies offered are known as short term interventions.

£70.00-90.00 per session

Discounts are available for each block bookings. Payments are taken via bank transfer before each session.

In many cases private health care will cover the cost of sessions please get in touch with your provider and Severn Wellness. Therapists are registered with the BABCP.

Each session is 60 minutes.

Weekly sessions are recommended, however in some circumstance’s clients may opt for bi-weekly. A significant part of behavioural therapies is in between session work . This will be discussed towards the end of each session.

Yes sessions are confidential and are conducted over a secure video conferencing platform (or telephone if preferred). A therapy agreement will be discussed and signed prior to the first session. This will detail instances when confidentiality may have to be broken, for example when risk to life or others is involved.

Unfortunately not. All sessions are currently remote. Please contact us for more information

Your therapist will discuss specific workbooks with you, these are often recommended by the NHS and are evidence based. Please see books on prescription for further information.

Although there are some similarities between Psychotherapy and Counselling. Psychotherapy is recommended by the National Institute for Health Care of Excellence for a range of conditions and presentations. Psychotherapy is often more structured, Psychotherapists are also able to work with more complex conditions such as PTSD and OCD.

In an emergency
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