Therapy & Counselling Salisbury

The Practice Rooms in Salisbury

Therapy & Counselling In Salisbury

The Practice Rooms occupies a beautiful, two storey Georgian property in the heart of historic Salisbury. There are seven therapy rooms decorated and furnished to a high standard and infused with a tranquil ambiance and easy charm. The Practice Rooms is recognised as a centre for therapy and counselling in Salisbury and Wiltshire.

The Practice Rooms has a growing reputation as a centre for psychotherapy and counselling in Salisbury, BristolBathExeter and Cheltenham. A wide range of complementary health services are also offered by professional practitioners at our Salisbury centre.

Alison – Practice Manager

Alison Craig is Practice Manager at The Practice Rooms in Salisbury. Previously she worked for Age UK, and in a range of different management roles in health and environmental organisations.​

Find us at 7A Catherine Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2DF (above Trussell Trust Charity Shop).

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Therapy & Counselling Bath

The Practice Rooms in Bath


Situated in a beautiful Georgian property in the heart of Bath, the therapy rooms provide an oasis of calm and a quality space to practice our therapy and counselling, just a step away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets.

The Practice Rooms has a growing reputation as a centre for psychotherapy and counselling in Bath, BristolSalisburyExeter and Cheltenham. A wide range of complementary health services are also offered by professional practitioners and counsellors in Bath.

Jo – Practice Manager

Jo joined the Practice Room team in Bath in August 2016, after using the Rooms for a year to launch her own private practice as a trainee psychotherapist and counselling psychologist. Jo feels that the serene ambiance and attractive warm decor of the Practice Rooms makes this a great environment for therapists and clients alike, particularly in the centre of this busy city.  She considers part of her role as Practice Manager is to ensure that the Rooms continue to provide this oasis, as well as a stress-free working environment.

Find us at: 26 Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1RH.

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Supervision services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Supervison?

Supervision is a confidential, professional, talking relationship in which the supervisor seeks to support, guide, educate and challenge the supervisee in order that they develop their professional practice of working closely with others. It is particularly suitable, and indeed often required, for professionals working in the early stages of their therapeutic practice, but is also frequently sought by experienced practitioners who want to develop their practice further or maintain high standards.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution Focused Brief Therapy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Solution Focused Brief Therapy?

Solution Focused Brief Therapy works on the premise that every person has the necessary resources within them to make changes and find solutions. They just need a little guidance in being shown how.

This type of therapy is quite different from many other types of psychotherapy. This approach does not focus on the past. Instead, it focuses on what the client wants to achieve in the here and now as well as the future. This type of therapy allows clients to construct a concrete vision of what their preferred future will be like, rather than dwelling on past problems.

It is an enjoyable and positive process, highlighting a client’s strengths and resources, therefore enabling them to make solid changes in a short period of time.


Shiatsu therapy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on Japanese healing art. It can help in a wide range of conditions – from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the build up of stress in our daily lives.

Common conditions which can be helped by Shiatsu include:

  • back pain
  • headaches, migraines
  • whiplash injuries and neck stiffness
  • joint pain and reduced mobility
  • menstrual problems
  • digestive problems
  • asthmatic symptoms
  • sports injuries
  • depression
  • stress

Background to Shiatsu

The philosophy underlying Shiatsu is that vital energy (known as Ki in Japanese) flows throughout the body in a series of channels called meridians. For many different reasons Ki can stop flowing freely and this then produces a symptom.

Your Shiatsu practitioner will consider your state of health, the symptoms you are experiencing and, depending on your constitution and general energy levels, will use a variety of techniques to improve your energy flow. These may include gentle holding, pressing with palms, thumbs, fingers, elbows, knees and feet on the meridians and, when appropriate, more dynamic rotations and stretches.

Reference: The Shiatsu Society


Reiki services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy, an energy which is all around us.

A Reiki Treatment

The method of receiving a Reiki treatment from a practitioner is a very simple process. The recipient simply lies on a couch and relaxes. If they are unable to lie down the treatment can be given in a sitting position, the main thing is for the recipient to be as comfortable as possible. There is no need to remove any clothing as Reiki will pass through anything, even plaster casts. The practitioner gently places their hands non-intrusively in a sequence of positions which cover the whole body. The whole person is treated rather than specific symptoms. A full treatment usually takes 1 to 1½ hours with each position held for several minutes.

Which conditions can Reiki help?

It is possible to heal at any level of being: physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Acute injuries can be helped to heal very quickly but more chronic illness takes longer. In some cases such as terminal illness, there is not enough time for the progress of the disease to be reversed. However, in such cases there is usually great benefit and enhancement of the quality of life giving a sense of peace and acceptance during the time remaining.

Reiki healing can be given anywhere at any time as no special equipment is needed. The practitioner is a channel which the energy is drawn through by the need or imbalance in the recipient. Neither person has to use any effort of will or concentration during this process.

As running water smoothes the jagged edges of a rock until it is small enough to roll away, Reiki flows to the areas of need, soothing pain and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Reiki restores balance in one’s life.

Reiki supports all forms of treatment both orthodox and complementary.

Reference and FFI: The Reiki Association



Reflexology services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is complementary therapy, which works on the feet to aid healing to the whole person not just the prevailing symptoms.

How can Reflexology help me?

Reflexology can be used to help restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium. This gentle therapy encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance.

There is some suggestion that reflexology may aid:

  • Stress-related Problems
  • Back Pain
  • Headaches
  • Fertility Issues
  • Sleep disruption
  • Hormonal Imbalance

Reflexologists do not claim to cure , diagnose or prescribe. Each session of reflexology works on an individual basis.

Many people use reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress. Some doctors, consultants and other health care professionals recognise reflexology as a well established, respected and effective therapy.

Reflexology helps us to cope on a physical, mental and emotional level there by encouraging us to heal and maintain health in all areas of our lives.

Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.

What happens when I go for a treatment?

On the first visit, the reflexology practitioner will have a preliminary talk with you to determine your present and past health and lifestyle.

The reflexologist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet. The application and the effect of the therapy are unique to each person.

A professionally trained reflexologist can detect subtle changes in specific points on the feet, and by working on these points may affect the corresponding organ or system of the body.

A treatment session usually lasts for about one hour. A course of treatment may be recommended depending on your body’s needs.

Reference: The Association of Reflexologists


Psychotherapy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is an opportunity to explore in depth the development of historical patterns of behaviour, how they might have originated and how they now impact on you. The confidential relationship with the therapist is central to this exploration.

Psychotherapy differs from counselling in that it places more emphasis on exploring depth and history rather than more immediate issues and tends to be of a longer duration.

In the United Kingdom, psychotherapy is voluntarily regulated. National registers for psychotherapists and counsellors are maintained by three main umbrella bodies: United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC – formerly the British Confederation of Psychotherapists). There are many smaller professional bodies and associations such as the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) and the British Association of Psychotherapists (BAP).

The Practice Rooms in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury are psychotherapy-led centres. Each psychotherapist develops their own particular approach to their work so please check their individual entries and, where possible, their websites.


Physiotherapy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is evidence-based treatment to relieve pain and restore movement and function to the neuro-musculo-skeletal system (soft-tissues and joints). It is often sought for the following conditions; acute and chronic spinal pain, postural and work related pain, whiplash, rotator cuff problems and shoulder pain, tennis elbow, Achilles tendinopathy, osteoarthritis and sport-related injuries.

Your physiotherapist will ask you lots of questions about your problem, the nature of your symptoms and the way they behave with activities of daily living. Following this he/she will examine the structures suspected of causing your problem and also any other structures that may be contributing or sustaining the symptoms. You will be asked to undress to a suitable degree that is comfortable for you and allows the physiotherapist to assess thoroughly. If you require a chaperone or wish a friend to attend with you this is welcomed. Following your detailed examination, the physiotherapist will explain her findings to you and discuss treatment options with you.


Osteopathy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a primary health care system, complementary to other medical practices. It is suitable for almost anyone and can contribute to the treatment and management of a wide range of conditions. Osteopaths primarily work through the neuro-musculo-skeletal system, mostly on muscles and joints, using holistic and patient centred approaches.

A core principle behind osteopathy is the idea that the body is an integrated and indivisible whole, and contains self-healing mechanisms that can be utilised as part of the treatment. No part of the body works, or can be considered, in isolation. Relevant psychological and social factors also form part of the process of patient diagnosis.

The key tools for osteopathic diagnosis include listening to the patient’s history, examining muscles and joints and observing movements. X -rays, scans and other clinical investigations are also used if required. A wide range of gentle, non-invasive manual techniques such as deep tissue massage, joint articulation and manipulation are applied therapeutically.

Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council in order to practice. Patients may be referred by their doctor, or may opt to see an osteopath independently.

British School of Osteopathy

Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional Therapy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy is a system used to correct nutritional imbalances that may be the cause of a wide range of chronic disease and general ill-health. It looks to address the underlying causes of symptoms by assessing diet, lifestyle and medical history. Although some health problems require specific medication, many conditions can be relieved effectively with nutritional therapy. It is a natural, safe and effective holistic approach to achieving optimum health and well being.

Massage: Sports

Sports Massage therapy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Sports Massage?

Sports massage is the specific application of massage techniques, range of motion/flexibility protocol and strength-training principles utilized to achieve a specific goal when treating an individual

Three specific principles are vital to understanding what type of sports massage to apply to an individual at any given time, the “when, what and why” of sports massage: Timing, Technique and Intent.

Timing refers to when the massage is given: pre-event or post-event; during recovery; during a maintenance period; or when an athlete suffers an injury that requires rehabilitation. Technique refers to what application you utilize, and can include a number of different techniques, range of motion; and stretching. Intent refers to your reason(s) for treatment: as warm-up; to increase blood flow; stimulate neurological pathways; aid recovery from exertion; increase flexibility; improve strength; improve posture and aid recovery from injury.

However varied or active your lifestyle, a sports massage can help relieve soft tissue tension and dysfunction, enhance flexibility, stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage, break down scar tissue, eliminate toxins, help prevent injury and speed up recovery. Your treatment will be tailored to your individual requirements and current stage of training or competing. Whatever your sport, this treatment is sure to help you get the most from your active lifestyle and perform at your best!

A Sports massage may include a combination of techniques:

Deep tissue massage

Muscle energy techniques

Soft tissue release

Neuromuscular techniques

Joint assessment

Postural assessment

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Massage: Traditional Thai

Thai Massage therapy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Traditional Thai Massage?

‘Nuad Thai’ (Thai massage) or ‘Nuad Paan Boran’ (Ancient Thai massage) , are names for Traditional healing, which have been practiced in Thailand for centuries. Based on a combination of Ayurvedic medicine and yoga, the techniques have been passed down through the ages from teacher to teacher. The walls of the famous ‘Wat Po’ Temple in the heart of Bangkok are adorned with reliefs outlining these ancient arts. It is practiced widely across Thailand and is considered a way of life.

Thai massage mainly follows the 10 ‘Sen’ or Energy lines within the body. Sen lines are similar to Chinese Meridian lines.

The massage practitioner can use a combination of hands, elbows, knees and feet. The massage follows a standard procedure where rhythmic pressure is applied to the whole body.

Thai massage is practiced on a comfortable mat placed on the floor. The recipient wears loose comfortable clothes and traditionally no oils are used. However, poultices or balms can be included. The recipient is then placed into various positions on their back, sides and front and some basic yoga-like stretches are performed during the massage. A calm atmosphere is created to help the recipient relax and ensure the full benefit of the massage is enjoyed.

Thai massage helps to release tension in the body and also aims to keep joints flexible. By using these techniques, Thai massage helps to bring balance to the body, stimulates blood circulation and leaves the recipient with a sense of well being.

Massage: Swedish

Sweedish Massage therapy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Swedish Massage?

Swedish Massage is a gentle and flowing style of massage to deeply relax. Ideal for people who come for a massage treatment the very first time or just want to relax and enhance their wellbeing, don’t have any major muscle imbalances or tightness.

Petals Signature Facial

Petals Signature Facial Massage services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Petals Signature Facial Massage?

Petals Facial Massage a unique signature treatment which developed by Deedee Wildig to give your face instant lift. It is more than just a facial massage – it also enhances your well-being.

The treatment is in five stages and uses specific manipulation and stimulation of pressure points on the face and body to balance the Qi (life force energy) and enhance circulation. The combination of these techniques together with a fresh, natural homemade mask rejuvenates, revitalizes and invigorates the face leaving it feeling toned and refreshed as well as creating a sense of relaxation and wellbeing.

Each facial, uses personalised preservative free, organic natural ingredients and all masks are made fresh on the day.

The 5 stages of treatment:

  • 1st Relaxation with Reiki
  • 2nd Cleansing & Exfoliation
  • 3rd Facemask & Hot Towel Application
  • 4th Moisturising
  • 5th Energizing

Things to do before & after having a facial massage:

  • Try not to put make up on and if you cannot do without it, please just apply very lightly as removing it will take some time off your valuable treatment session
  • Take your contact lenses out
  • After the treatment, drink a glass of water and continue drinking throughout the day as this will help flush the toxins out

Massage: LomiLomi

LomiLomi Massage services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is LomiLomi Massage?

LomiLomi is an ancient Hawaiian healing practice that relaxes, rejuvenates and heals the mind, body and soul by releasing blocked energies and toxins, relieving stress, tension and muscle fatigue, and revitalising chi and energy flow.

The full body massage combines prayer (pule), breath (ha) and flowing energy (mana) in a sweeping flowing dance over the body.


Massage: Indian Head

Indian Head Massage therapy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Indian Head Massage?

Indian Head massage is an extremely effective therapy involving massage to the upper back, shoulders, upper arms, neck, face and scalp, with the client remaining seated in an upright position. This massage works on significant areas of the body where stress affects major muscle groups. Tensions are eased and fibrous knots and nodules melt away.

Massage: Hot Stone

Hot Stone Massage therapy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Hot Stone Massage?

Hot Stone Massage is a type of traditional body massage using heated stones usually basalt which has high heat retention qualities. The heat of the stones causes muscles to relax thus allowing the therapist to apply deeper, more precise pressure if desired or necessary. The stones are placed in water and heated to approximately 125°F (52°C) before placement on the back and other parts of the body.

Many people find the warmth of the basalt stone to be comforting as it relaxes the muscle tissue and eases tension. The massage will expand the blood vessels, pushing blood and unwanted waste products through the body whilst speeding up the delivery of fresh nutrients. Hot stone massage induces a general state of well-being.

Hopi Ear Candling

Hopi Ear Candling services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Hopi Ear Candling?

Hopi Ear Candling is a beneficial and relaxing treatment that has been around for a long time originating from the Hopi Indian Tribes of North American renowned for their extensive knowledge of healing and deep spirituality.

The ‘candles’ are hollow tubes made in the traditional Hopi Indian way. Organically grown woven cotton is impregnated with honey extracts, essential oil of sage, 100% pure beeswax, crushed traditional Indian medicinal herbs (mainly sage and camomile).

The treatment can be used to help such ailments as Headaches, migraine, sinusitis and rhinitis.

It is extremely relaxing and can help many ear, nose and throat problems, including glue ear and tinnitus.

During the treatment a lit candle is placed gently in the entrance to the auditory canal, whilst the client is lying down. The candle burns with a small flame, the heat from which produces a mild suction by which debris can be drawn out of the ear. The vapours produced as the candle burns down circulate in the ear canal having anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-bacterial properties.

The mild heat stimulates the blood and lymph circulation which boosts the immune system, and the vibration of the rising air column through the natural movement of the flame gently massages the eardrum. Both ears are always treated to ensure balance is maintained. After both ears have been treated the clients receives a relaxing face, ear and head massage.

Massage: Holistic

Holistic Massage services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Holistic Massage?

Holistic massage is individually tailored massage specifically designed for each client each time they come for a session. In this way it can provide the most beneficial massage each time.

In the words of the Massage Training Institute:

“A holistic approach treats the body as a whole, and a holistic massage practitioner takes into account a client’s emotional and spiritual well-being, as well as their physical body.”

To do this, holistic massage practitioners communicate well with their clients and draw on a wide variety of techniques, from gentle massage and relaxation to stretches and deep tissue work. At each appointment the most appropriate techniques are selected by the practitioner so the client feels satisfied that they received the massage they truly needed.

Because of this, holistic massage is great for easing all the stresses and strains of modern life.

Massage: Deep Tissue

Deep Tissue Massage services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Deep Tissue/Remedial Massage?

This treatment aims to release tight body tissue causing discomfort or chronic pain. It works deeper into the muscle tissues than Swedish or Aromatherapy and can help to relieve chronic conditions like Sciatica, lower back pain or tension headaches. Ideal for releasing the tighness around neck and shoulders or to loosen the muscles after intense exercise.


Homeopathy therapy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Homeopathy?

Homoeopathy is a system of medicine that focuses on treating the whole person rather than a disease. Almost any problem that you would go to a GP about can be treated homeopathically whether the symptoms are mental, emotional or physical.

The medicines are made largely from plants and minerals and are given mainly in tablet form. They are safe, non-toxic and non addictive. Anyone from newborn babies and pregnant women to adolescents and the elderly can benefit from homoeopathic treatment. Commonly treated ailments include skin problems such as eczema and acne, menstrual disorders, digestive problems, anxiety & depression.

However it is not just about treating illness, Homoeopathy can help you to find balance and maintain good health. We are all individuals and so the way in which we experience illness will be unique to each of us, as Homoeopaths we recognise this and acknowledge that in Chronic disease, symptoms of ill health can be expressions of dis -ease within the whole person so it is the whole person along with the symptoms that need treating if true health is to be attained and maintained.

Homeopathy can help you address environmental and behavioral tendencies as well as inherited tendencies that may be contributing to ill health. It can help support you through the stresses and strains of daily life, through the different phases of your life from pregnancy to childbirth, from childhood into adolescence through to maturity and the later years.

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Kinesiology services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology was originally developed by an American chiropractor called George Goodheart. He found that by testing muscle response before and after he made chiropractic corrections he achieved better results for his patients. As time progressed he was able to make a connection between various muscles and acupuncture meridians. By testing these muscles the kinesiologist can get a picture of what is happening in your meridian system and how this may be affecting you.

So, kinesiology can be seen as a blend of the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and western techniques which enable a kinesiologist to treat you as an individual. Each person’s session is unique to them.

Kinesiology uses a range of gentle yet extremely powerful techniques. Kinesiology also allows the kinesiologist to draw on other healing techniques and modalities and integrate them into the session where appropriate and indicated by the muscle response.

Kinesiology serves as an umbrella term for a rapidly expanding group of specialised healing modalities, practised in over 50 countries worldwide. What these different branches of kinesiology have in common is muscle monitoring and a holistic viewpoint that honours the client’s own healing process.


Family Constellations

Family Constellation services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What are Family Constellations?

Family Constellations is a radical new approach to working on difficulties rooted in family dynamics, based on the innovative work of Bert Hellinger. Through Family Constellation work we begin to see that we are inextricably linked to our family members, both past and present and significant events and traumas from the past can be affecting us in a very deep way in the present.

Through Family Constellations it is often possible to unlock some of these stuck places, bringing new information to light and the possibility of healing for ourselves and our families.

Massage: Facial Reflexology

Facial Reflexology Massage services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Facial Reflexology?

Facial Reflexology (Sorensensistem) is a holistic facial massage treatment that was developed by Lone Sorensen, a Danish Reflexologist, over 30 years ago. It is a treatment that has its roots in both modern and ancient techniques and traditions.

It works on a similar principle as foot reflexology and aims to release energy to the body, restore balance and thus help prevent disease. It has been used to treat a wide range of conditions from migraines and anxiety to hormonal imbalances and joint problems though many people just enjoy it because it is very relaxing and helps eliminate stored up tension and stress.

Through massaging various reflex points and areas on the face it is possible to send impulses through the central nervous system to certain organs and systems of the body, helping to increase blood circulation, nerve supply to the tissues and regulate the chemical process.

On an aesthetic level, because the massage stimulates the facial nerves, muscles and circulation, it has a regenerative effect upon the skin.
It helps by:

– activating the lymphatic system which helps to get rid of toxins

– encouraging the build up of new skin tissue.

– alleviating the tension held deep within the facial muscles

– improving the elasticity and tone of the skin leaving a healthy glow.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on healing technique; an empathic system working with the subtle patterns held in the body. A craniosacral therapy session involves the therapist placing their hands on the client to tune into these subtle rhythms and facilitate the release and healing of stress, injury, disease and difficult experiences.

Craniosacral therapy developed from the work of an American osteopath, Dr William Sutherland in the early 1900s. He discovered intrinsic movements of the bones in the head and his further research revealed different rhythms in the body. He inferred, from further observation, and later went on to demonstrate to his satisfaction, that these movements are inextricably linked with mental and emotional health and that restriction of these movements corresponds to a reduction of the natural capacity to self-heal.

Craniosacral therapy has developed from clinical experience, which shows that health is something active and not just an absence of disease. Health is the expression of life, responsible for the organisation of the millions of things that are constantly happening in the body.


Counselling services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Cheltenham, Salisbury and Norwich

The Practice Rooms has become recognised as a major centre for counselling in Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Cheltenham and Salisbury

There are more than 50 counselling practitioners working independently here; each has their own particular approach to counselling so please check their individual entries and, where possible, their websites.

(T) after the name of a counselling therapist denotes Trainee.

What is counselling?

Counselling is an opportunity to explore in a confidential setting issues and problems you may be struggling with. Counselling covers the spectrum of human difficulties from loss of meaning to bereavement, relationship and sexual dysfunction, phobias to addiction, offering the possibility, within a confidential setting, of reflecting on the choices of the past and the possibility of different choices for the future.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

According to the British Association of Psychotherapy, counselling aims to offer a neutral space for the patient or client to talk about problems. The act of talking about these with the counsellor often provides relief for the patient and can help them to look at things in a different way and to make decisions for change. Counselling tends to be supportive rather than challenging.

In psychotherapy and psychoanalysis the therapist will listen carefully to what the patient presents, at the same time paying attention to what is being communicated unconsciously, both verbally and in other ways, particularly in the relationship that develops between the patient and therapist. The term psychoanalysis is usually used to describe an intensive process in which the patient is seen four and five times a week.

National registers for psychotherapists and counsellors are maintained by three main umbrella bodies: United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC – formerly the British Confederation of Psychotherapists).

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is a form of psychotherapy which seeks to make changes to behaviour by changing thoughts and beliefs. It is based on the idea that it is our thoughts and beliefs which cause our feelings and behaviours, rather than external events or influences. Cognitive behavioural therapy is generally a relatively brief form of therapy and is concerned with making changes in current functioning to improve quality of life rather than only focussing on and analysing past events, although an understanding of the influence of past events is an important part of overcoming the thought patterns they create.

CBT is a collaborative form of therapy, meaning that the therapist and client work together to develop strategies and work towards mutually agreed goals. This may involve the client undertaking activities between sessions and it is essential that the client is able to establish a productive, trusting relationship with the therapist. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) – the body which provides national health guidance to GPs – recommends the use of CBT in the treatment of depression, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, OCD and PTSD.

Coaching and Mentoring

Coaching and Mentoring services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What are Coaching and Mentoring?

Coaching has some similarities with counselling and psychotherapy, being a confidential, professional, talking relationship. However it tends to focus more on clarifying intentions and taking action, than on reflecting on emotions and past experiences. Coaching may focus on skills and performance or may go deeper, seeking to bring about professional development or personal transformation.

Mentoring is similar to coaching, but tends to draw more specifically on the mentor’s own experience and networks. It is therefore relevant where the client is seeking to follow a similar path in life to that which the mentor has followed. It might include professional, business mentoring or family or relationship mentoring.


Chinese Herbal Therapy

Chinese Herbal Therapy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

Traditional Chinese Herbal Therapy

Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine (CCHM) focuses on one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine: using plants and other natural ingredients to enhance well-being. It is often used as part of a programme of treatment by a TCM practitioner.
Rather than having a stock of standard formulas for injuries, illness or disease, each person is evaluated according to Chinese theory, and a specialized formula is created. These individual formulas are based on standard formulas created thousands of years ago, with individual herbs chosen to emphasize the particular needs of the client. In addition to creating specific herbal formulas for each individual, the CCHM practitioner, recognizing that foods have tremendous impact on wellness – both good and bad, advises clients on diet. This advice is also tailored to the individual and often is very different from the type of dietary information one would get from a nutritionist or medical doctor. Individuals may also be taught some simple accupressure techniques to enhance the herbal treatment. Meditative exercise such as Qi Gong, Tai Qi, or yoga may also be part of the suggested program, again depending on individual situations.

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Body Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Body Psychotherapy?

Body Psychotherapy seeks to address difficulties across the levels of body, mind and soul; including the body within psychotherapy provides both a route to explore what is held in the unconscious and a resource for healing and support.

Emotional difficulties are often experienced powerfully in the body, through disturbed energy levels, chronic tensions or unexplained symptoms. Yet these physical disturbances can feel disconnected from a clear emotional source, hard to make sense of and can be unsettling. Influenced by humanistic and analytic perspectives and research from neuroscience, body psychotherapy recognises the impact of both historical and recent stresses on the functioning of the body/mind system.

As with all approaches of counselling and psychotherapy, a body psychotherapist offers a supportive, non-judgmental relationship and will draw upon body orientated approaches alongside offering you space to talk and reflect. This may include encouraging a deepening of awareness of breath, sensation, exploring image or working with movement and touch. Listening to the body’s expression can bring new insights and create internal shifts, so that old patterns of holding, breathing and relating can give way an easier relationship with yourself and a greater sense of wellbeing.

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Aromatherapy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

About Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the systematic use of essential oils in holistic treatments to improve physical and emotional wellbeing. Essential oils, extracted from plants, possess distinctive therapeutic properties that can be utilised to improve health and prevent disease.

These natural plant oils are applied in a variety of ways:

  • Massage (most used method)
  • Baths (add a few drops to warm water)
  • Inhalations (not for asthmatics)

Aromatherapy is a popular treatment for people seeking relief from stress-related problems and the symptoms of a variety of chronic conditions.

An aromatherapists is trained to select and use essential oils, which are aromatic, volatile substance extracted from a single botanical source by distillation or expression. Essential oils have been utilised in fragrances, flavours and medicines for thousands of years. There are some 400 essential oils extracted from plants all over the world and some of the popular oils used in aromatherapy today include chamomile, lavender, rosemary and tea tree.

Is there any evidence that aromatherapy works?

Researchers have shown that when they are applied to the skin or inhaled, essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream and metabolised in the body, (Preen C. (2005) Today’s Therapist (35) 2-4) substantiated by Aromatherapy Science, Pharmaceutical Press 2006 Chapter 7 p.78.). A recent study reported that fragrance stimulation brought more blood flow to the prefrontal cortex (Hirata K, Tanaka H, Arai M et al. The cecrebral blood flow change by fragrance – An evaluation using near- infrared spectroscopic topography. Jpn J. Pharmaco- EEG. 2002; 4: 43–47 (in Japanese)), which might explain the growing evidence that essential oils can positively affect depression, as shown in the recent review by Yim (Yim VW, Ng AK, Tsang HW, Leung AY. A review on the effects of aromatherapy for patients with depressive symptoms. J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Feb;15(2):187-95.) and positive results in relation to relieving anxiety for cancer patients (Wilkinson SM, Love SB, Westcombe AM, Gambles MA, Burgess CC, Cargill A, Young T, Maher EJ, Ramirez AJ. Effectiveness of aromatherapy massage in the management of anxiety and depression in patients with cancer: a multicenter randomized controlled trial.J Clin Oncol. 2007 Feb 10;25(5):532-9).

Clinical trials have shown that, when applied topically, some essential oils, including Tea Tree oil, have antibacterial and antimicrobial/antiseptic properties (Hay et al. Arch Dermatol. 1998; 134:1349-1352), but there is very little new research in this field because there is very little to be gained by conducting expensive clinical trials on natural and ubiquitous substances such as essential oils.

What happens in a typical aromatherapy session?

The aromatherapist will ask questions about your medical history, general health and lifestyle. This will help him or her decide which essential oils are most appropriate for you as an individual. The aromatherapist may wish to contact your GP, with your permission, to inform him or her that you are receiving aromatherapy treatments. After selecting and blending appropriate essential oils, the aromatherapist will usually apply the oils in combination with massage. A session normally lasts for 60 to 90 minutes, and usually costs between £30 and £60.

FFI: The Aromatherapy Council

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Hypnotherapy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury

What is Hypnotherapy?

Healing by trance state (or an altered state of awareness) is among the oldest phenomena known to man and is found, in one form or another, in virtually every culture throughout the world. It could also be legitimately described as the original psychological therapy and somewhat more contentiously, as the basis for many of the more recent styles of psychological intervention.

Psychological therapy and counselling (sometimes referred to as the “talking cure”) is the treatment of emotional and psychological disorders, unwanted habits and undesirable feelings, using psychological techniques alone. The aim of all such therapy is to assist people (usually referred to as clients) in finding meaningful alternatives to their present unsatisfactory ways of thinking, feeling or behaving. Therapy also tends to help clients become more accepting both of themselves and others and can be most useful in promoting personal development and unlocking inner potential.

There are many forms of psychological therapy but Hypnotherapy is distinctive in that it attempts to address the client’s subconscious mind. In practice, the Hypnotherapist often (but not exclusively) requires the client to be in a relaxed state, frequently enlists the power of the client’s own imagination and may utilise a wide range of techniques from story telling, metaphor or symbolism (judged to be meaningful to the individual client) to the use of direct suggestions for beneficial change. Analytical techniques may also be employed in an attempt to uncover problems deemed to lie in a client’s past (referred to as the “there and then”) or therapy may concentrate more on a client’s current life and presenting problems (referred to as the “here and now”). It is generally considered helpful if the client is personally motivated to change (rather than relying solely on the therapist’s efforts) although a belief in the possibility of beneficial change may be a sufficient starting point.

Regardless of the techniques employed, perhaps the most important thing is that a client should expect to feel comfortable and at ease with their therapist. This is of particular importance in Hypnotherapy, in which the value of the treatment is greatly enhanced when there is confidence in the practitioner. For this reason it is recommended that a single session only is initially booked, leaving the client subsequently free to decide if they wish to proceed with more.

Unlike many other psychological therapies, Hypnotherapy is generally considered to be a fairly short-term approach in which beneficial change, if it is to occur, should become apparent within a relatively few sessions.

N.B. In actual practice, most Hypnotherapists will combine hypnotic procedures with other appropriate counselling and therapeutic techniques. Should there be any doubt about the combination of skills utilised in individual cases, the therapist should be asked directly for a further explanation of their preferred methodology

Reference: The General Hypnotherapy Register

Alexander Technique

What is the Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique teaches the skilful “use of the self”: how we move, how we stay still, how we breathe, how we learn, how we organise our awareness and focus of attention and, above all, how we choose our reactions in increasingly demanding situations.

It is a subtle and thoughtful discipline, but essentially practical and problem-solving. The Alexander Technique works through re-establishing the natural relationship between the head, the neck and the back – the “core” of the body that supports the strength of the limbs and which provides the structural environment for breathing and for the internal organs.

At the same time as learning to access the natural relationship between the head, neck and back, conscious and reasoned body awareness, spatial awareness and behavioural awareness are developed so that long-held patterns of movement, posture, breathing and muscular tension, and habits that, for example, affect our learning abilities and psychological stress reactions can be reassessed.

Learning gradually to refine and to utilise an improved relationship between the head, neck and back is powerfully health-giving. Good habits of diet and exercise are well understood in their capacity literally to “change what we are”; the long-term effects of good habits of the “use of the self” are less well known, but no less life-changing. You get stronger, you become both more relaxed and more alert, aches and pains fade, you feel calm, confident and self-reliant, you have more stamina, you think more clearly, you recover from injury more quickly, you cope with stress better.

As a result of these positive effects, the Alexander Technique is a popular programme for those looking to enhance personal performance across the whole spectrum of human activity, from elite athletic or artistic performance to the management of disability, pain, illness or injury. Although the effortless upright posture of small children is in sharp contrast to that of most adults, it is possible for practically anyone to rediscover freedom and ease in movement by learning to become aware of, and then learning gradually to strip away, the habits of movement, tension and reaction that interfere with, distort or obscure natural and healthy patterns of coordination.

The latest research supports this theory: In 2011, a study of postural tone concluded that the Alexander Technique alters the muscular tension along the spine and hips that supports the body against gravity, reducing stiffness in these areas. (Cacciatore, T.W.; Gurfinkel, V.S., Horak, F.B., Cordo, P.J., Ames, K.E. (1 February 2011. Increased dynamic regulation of postural tone through Alexander Technique training”. Human Movement Science 30 (1): 74–89.) A 2008 study found marked improvement in addressing back pain with this technique (Paul Little et al., Randomized controlled trial of Alexander technique (AT) lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain, British Medical Journal, August 19, 2008). A subsequent analysis and comparative study of the economic implications concluded that “a series of six lessons in Alexander Technique combined with an exercise prescription seems the most effective and cost effective option for the treatment of back pain in primary care.” (Sandra Hollinghurst et al.,Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain: economic evaluation, British Medical Journal, 11 December 2008).

Learning the Alexander Technique is like learning any complex skill, such as playing a musical instrument or sailing a yacht; you need a teacher who has been “playing” or “sailing” for their own pleasure and benefit for years, to teach you new skills, and to help you to incorporate them into your own understanding and your own practice. Similarly, the real value of the Alexander Technique lies in becoming able to apply its principles, by yourself, to your daily activities.

Reference: The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT)

Life changing: freedom of movement, freedom from pain, improved alertness, able to learn again, improved confidence, better health, improved breathing, inner calmness, to mention but a few changes.
STAT pupil survey 2006