Services and Therapies

Fairwinds offers a range of services and psychological interventions catered for the specific needs of our clients. We offer psychological assessment or single session therapy, psychodynamic counselling therapy, brief (time limited) counselling therapy, and future-focused coaching techniques (solution focused, goal setting techniques) Cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness can be accessed via an onwards referral.

Below is a breakdown of these services and therapies, but please do contact Fairwinds to arrange an assessment.

An initial assessment will be offered for all of the services which Fairwinds is able to provide. This is an opportunity for you to meet with me and start to explore what you are currently experiencing within life and how this is impacting on you and what you would like to achieve.

The initial assessment is a 50-minute appointment, which will be used to assess and understand your difficulties together and then decide collaboratively  which type of psychological intervention best suits your needs and the challenges you are facing at this time

It will also be a chance for you to see if you are happy to work with me and if I am the most appropriate therapist to see depending on what you are experiencing.

Choosing a therapist or supervisor is an important step and it is okay to say that you don’t wish to work with me as it needs to feel right for you.

Similarly, it might be that due to your difficulties or symptoms I may need to recommend a different therapist who is qualified in specific High intensity Cognitive behaviour therapy or mindfulness therapies if we agree these are a more suitable approach for your current needs as this is not my area of expertise.

So, how does it typically work?

In SST appointments can average between  60 to 90 minutes, the therapist will focus on your strengths and skills, and then help you identify and practice things you can do now to get yourself unstuck.

SST uses principles similar to cognitive-behavioural and solution-focused techniques , both of which are intended to help you to identify the problem and solution enabling you to draw upon your own skills and resources.

“Rather than looking at what negative thoughts and behaviours might be causing your issue, we will look at what positive ones could solve it,” says Ceri

Psychodynamic therapy, also known as insight-oriented therapy, focuses on a client’s unconscious processes and helps the client to understand how these may be manifesting in a person’s present behaviours or relationships. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are to increase a client’s self-awareness of their ‘self’, patterns of relating and understanding of the influence of the past on the present.

A psychodynamic approach is exploratory in its nature this enables the client to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past relationships but may be present in the here and now.

A central aim of the psychodynamic approach is to help the client to become more aware and to bring unconscious feelings into consciousness. The therapists role is to help clients to gain a deeper  understanding and insight into aspects of themselves previously unknown. This is achieved by bringing unconscious processes, resistances, defences, conflicts and feelings to the surface in a safe and compassionate manner.

Due to the nature of this work it can be a longer-term commitment, and often over a period of months, delivered weekly/ fortnightly in 50-minute sessions.

Brief counselling is time limited in its approach and is a 50 min per session , it is an approach which supports the client to move forwards with a specific or focused problem which they will be supported to establish during their initial assessment .

Our sessions will work up to 6 sessions with a review session at session 4, at which point the goals you have set for therapy can be reviewed together, clients often like to have an end point in sight, which is something we can work towards if this is a more suitable approach for you.

Cognitive behavioural therapy known as (CBT) can help you make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts and is an evidenced based treatment for depression and anxiety disorders.

In CBT, problems are broken down into 5 main areas:

  • situations
  • thoughts
  • emotions
  • physical feelings
  • actions

CBT is based on the concept of these 5 areas being interconnected and affecting each other. For example, your thoughts about a certain situation can often affect how you feel both physically and emotionally, as well as how you act in response.

CBT differs from many other psychotherapies because it’s:

  • pragmatic – it helps identify specific problems and tries to solve them
  • highly structured – rather than talking freely about your life, you and your therapist discuss specific problems and set goals for you to achieve
  • focused on current problems – it’s mainly concerned with how you think and act now rather than attempting to resolve past issues
  • collaborative – your therapist will not tell you what to do; they’ll work with you to find solutions to your current difficulties

If you are interested in this approach then please enquire within as a referral can be made on to a specialist therapist:

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and without judgement” – Jon Kabat Zinn

Mindfulness practice involves cultivating a sense of curiosity, interest and openness to moment-by-moment experience and a sense of kindness and gentleness towards oneself and others.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a modified form of cognitive therapy that incorporates mindfulness practices such as meditation and breathing exercises.

Using these tools, MBCT therapists teach clients how to break away from negative thought patterns that can cause a downward spiral into a depressed state so they will be able to fight off depression before it takes hold. ( to enquire email within as referral on will be needed to a specialist Mindfulness therapist) For a referral on for mindfulness please enquire via email.

Fairwinds can provide experienced Clinical supervision which has a number of benefits for therapists:

  • It can help therapists to manage the personal and professional demands created by the nature of their work. This is particularly important for those who work with people who have complex and challenging needs – clinical supervision provides an environment in which they can explore their own personal and emotional reactions to their work.It can allow the therapist time to reflect on and challenge their own practice in a safe and confidential environment. They can also receive feedback on their skills that is separate from any managerial considerations.
  • It can be one part of their professional development, and also help to identify developmental needs and enhance skills and competencies . It can contribute towards meeting requirements of professional bodies and regulatory requirements for continuing professional development (where applicable).

It can be difficult to find the time to prioritise and focus on developing a meaningful mental health and wellbeing strategy for your organisation or to keep up to date with the latest mental health information.

Fairwinds can offer consultation to organisations or individuals to support the assessment of needs, challenges and areas of good practice within your company . Following our assessment, we can analyse our findings together and discuss our recommendations and how these can be embedded within your company.

Fairwinds has 15 years experience of  delivering training within a mental health setting on all aspects relating to mental health and wellbeing , clinical assessment, formulation, and the therapeutic skills used in most modalities. We have delivered training in identifying and promoting positive change with either individuals, teams and the wider organisation.

We are available to discuss your needs and tailor any bespoke training days  specific for your company, team or organisation.

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