Our Mission:
Empathy Rooms seeks to improve the quality of our lives through improving the quality of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
Our Vision:
Is a world living with healthier, happier minds.

"Thinking about thoughts"

What Can Therapy Help?

Alcoholism

The repeated use of alcohol can quickly become a dependency where the sufferer is unable to control their compulsion to drink. If left untreated, alcoholism can lead to extensive bodily damage and disease. When you acknowledge that you have drinking problem, you’re on the first stage of recovery. CBT Therapy will then help to make sense of the underlying feelings and thought processes which caused the addiction. Sessions at Empathy Rooms will help tackle the thinking errors and unhelpful behaviors which maintain the problem and will help control the impulses Contact us now to arrange an assessment Further information on alcoholism

Anger

Anger is a basic emotion which is typical felt and expressed by us all, but when anger is not regulated it can become uncontrollable and holds the potential to do a great deal of harm. Unhealthy expressions of anger can lead to a host of social, relationship and professional issues for the individual who is angry and those around them. People who fail to process their anger effectively are often hypercritical of others, controlling and express hostile behaviour. We work with our clients in understanding the underlying issues and triggers which cause angry outbursts and discover ways designed to reduce the emotional connection and resulting anger. In a safe and healthy way we explore goals, solve problems and find ways of attending to our own needs in a way that promotes a better quality of life and enjoyment. Contact us now to arrange an assessment Further information on anger

Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling felt by us all. It is normal and somewhat essential to feel anxious (worried) now and again, but if you feel anxious all of the time and your life is being upset by the physical symptoms of anxiety, then it may be time to face the fear or anxiety and consider therapy. Anxiety if left untreated can develop into depression and can have a serious impact on the sufferer and their family. We work with our clients in discovering the cause of anxiety and the meaning attached to it. Through the use exposure exercises, desensitization and healthier thinking, we’ll help you overcome you anxiety and break the cycle of worry. Contact us now to arrange an assessment Further information on anxiety

Autism and Spectrum Disorders

Autism is much more common than people think with 1 in a 100 being affected. It’s estimated that over 700,000 people suffer from autism in the UK alone. It’s not immediately apparent that someone is suffering with Autism, but it’s a lifelong developmental disability with symptoms being more severe for some than others. Those who have autism see, hear and feel the world differently to others, and tasks which may seem straightforward can be complex and difficult for sufferers. Patience, understanding and non-metaphoric language are essential for autistic people and in therapy, we work to building a strong trusting relationship which engages with emotions and thinking in a relaxed atmosphere. Contact us now to arrange an assessment For more Information on autism

Bereavement

Bereavement is the time we spend adjusting to the loss of someone special after they die. There is no right or wrong way to feel during bereavement and everyone deals with loss differently in order to cope in their own way. Talking about loss is an important stage of the grieving process and helps a person to acknowledge, accept and understand the loss. Bottling up the pain of loss can prolong the pain and often turn it into something more serious. At Empathy Rooms we’re here to listen and help support you during these difficult times. Contact us now to arrange an assessment Further information on bereavement

Depression

Living with depression can be difficult and isolating for the sufferer. Unlike unhappiness or sadness, depression has much deeper roots and can cause serious emotional and physical problems. Those who are seriously depressed will often be detached from family and friends and will see little joy in the life around them. We truly understand the nature of depression and work with our clients to understand its cause and the issues which maintain it. The treatment of depression is highly individualised and unique to each client and may involve a joint approach of medication and therapy. An assessment is essential to establish the level of depression and the specific methods of treatment. Contact us now to arrange an assessment Further information on depression

Divorce

Divorce and separation is a common occurrence these days and the social norms on the subject have changed vastly in the last 20 years. Unlike relationship counselling, divorce/separation counselling is focused on the practical aspects of separation and considers the impact on the family unit. The therapy will seek to resolve any difficulties in words already spoken and help voice them which haven’t yet been said in a civil and meaningful way which can encourage closure, whilst allowing for amicable future decisions. This type of therapy can be conducted as a couple, family or a prelude to making the final decision by an individual. Children who have been affected by a divorce and who could benefit from counselling can enter therapy with their parent’s permission, but same curtesy of Dr/Patient confidentiality is extended to the child and would only be broken on disclosure of harm to self or others. Contact us now to arrange an assessment Further information on divorce

Drug Abuse

There are many different forms of drug taking and many different reasons for taking them. If drugs are taken on a regular basis it can quickly lead to an abuse or addiction. The spiral from casual use to addiction varies, but when the dependency starts interfering with everyday life, such as health, relationships and work; a cycle of addiction is present. At Empathy Rooms we understanding that drug addiction is individual for every client and we work with clients in discovering new ways of coping with their cravings. At the same time we investigate the cause and triggers of the addiction and work with coexisting problems such as depression and anxiety if present. Contact us now to arrange an assessment Further information on drug abuse

Fear & Phobias

Everyone has a fear of some sort, it’s only natural and they’re part of our innate defence mechanism triggered when we perceive danger. A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear that develops when someone has an exaggerated sense of danger about a certain object or situation. Phobia’s are a serious form of anxiety and can have a disturbing impact on a person’s life. Living with a phobia usually means trying to avoid the object or situation (Spider – Flying) which triggers the phobia, and while this is a natural reaction, this only reinforces the phobia and increases its ability to inflict anxiety. Our treatment plan for phobias although individualised based on the type of phobia and it’s intensity will usually involve graded exposure, and significant processing of the situations which cause the phobic anxiety. It’s likely that treatment will also include exploration of the underlying cause of the phobia in order to better understand it’s nature and better understand the reality of the perceived danger. Contact us now to arrange an assessment Further information on Fear & Phobias

Gambling

In most cases gambling is enjoyed as a fun form of entertainment which involves risking an element of money for a higher reward. Gambling is therefore not necessarily a bad thing, but if the risk factor increases to a compulsive level and becomes a habit, then gambling can be addictive and result in harmful behaviour. At Empathy Rooms we understand the nature of gambling addictions and the life difficulties they create. We’re here to help you understand your addiction and learn new ways of managing the urges. Contact us now to arrange an assessment Further information on gambling

Infant Loss

The death of a baby is not rare. Everyday in the UK around 15 babies die before, during or soon after death. That means every 90 minutes a family is faced with the devastation of the death of their baby. We understand the trauma which occurs with infant loss and appreciate the extreme nature of the hurt, pain and suffering which can affect the whole family. We’re here to help offer support at any stage including prior to birth if the baby has passed before delivery, or at any stage thereafter. The creation of positive memories is an essential part of the grieving process with Infant Loss and the early support can be immensely valuable. Contact us now to arrange an assessment For more information on Infant Loss

Insomnia

Getting to sleep or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed can be a difficult task for some people. Sleep in itself is irresistible, and we all sleep, but gaining a good quality of sleep without interruption is not always easy when we have so much to think about. Many different factors can affect sleep such as age, lifestyle, environment and diet. Some people develop insomnia as a result of a stressful event, and the insomnia continues even after the stress has been resolved as the body associates the sleeping environment with being alert. Worrying about issues relating to work, health and money are all stressors which can disturb sleep. Even worrying about not being able to sleep can be enough to prevent sleep. Conditions such as depression, anxiety and trauma can also have an impact on sleep and restoring sleep to a healthier pattern can be difficult without examining the cause. Good sleep hygiene is the first step in achieving restorative sleep. Avoiding napping during the day, relaxing before bed, avoiding caffeine are just a few of the things to try, and sticking to the rule that the bedroom is just for sleeping and sex can be helpful. At Empathy Rooms we know about the importance of sleep and can work with our clients in establishing the root cause. The treatment planning may involve relaxation, sleep monitoring and an examination of the thoughts and behaviours which surround sleeping. Contact us now to arrange an assessment Further information on insomnia

LGBTQIA+ & Gender Dysphoria

The world has become more accepting and understanding towards issues relating to sexuality and gender, but we still have a long way to go. For those suffering with issues relating to sexuality and gender, the world can seem narrow and excluding. The shame and guilt often experienced by people struggling with sexuality or gender can be crippling and excruciating. We understand the complexities experienced by the LGBTQIA+ communities and those seeking freedom from preconceived notions of sexuality and gender. We welcome all clients regardless of sexuality or gender and strive to help promote equality and equity. Contact us now to arrange an assessment For more Information on Sexuality For more Information on Gender Dysphoria

Low Self Confidence

To realize your full potential and be the person you want to be, you need self-confidence. The ability to trust your own judgment and feel comfortable with your own ability and powers will allow you to be a confident person. Without these elements confidence can be low and this may promote insecurity, a negative image of self, under-achievement and disappointment. At Empathy Rooms we’ll help you understand the problem and discover ways in which you can become more confident. We’ll work with you to establish new techniques and strategies which you can employ long term to build your confidence and change your negative thinking. Contact us now to arrange an assessment Further information on low self confidence

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Living with OCD is complex and can be extremely debilitating. Obsessive thoughts and compulsive urges can make the simplest task time consuming and frustrating causing day-to-day living to be very difficult. If not treated and managed effectively, OCD can take its toll on relationships and professions. At Empathy Rooms we understand the difficulties of living with this illness and respect that challenging OCD behaviors can take time and commitment for change to occur. We work with our clients in recognizing and changing the thinking patterns behind the behaviour. This involves challenging the current believes about the OCD rituals and exposure to the fear of the ritual in order to neutralise it. Contact us now to arrange an assessment Further information on OCD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Trauma can have a major impact on our ability to function normally. Distressing experiences and traumatic events such as natural disasters, accidents and abuse can elevate our emotions and instincts to a heightened level of intensity which some people find difficult to regulate. PTSD is a psychological condition which develops after experiencing or witnessing a stressful, traumatic or frightening event. Following the experience, those who develop PTSD suffer ongoing feelings of fear, anxiety and hopelessness. These emotions are often accompanied with difficulties sleeping and concentrating and a general change in the person’s way of being is usually noticeable to others. Symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, physical sensations and intense distress. Our work with clients suffering from PTSD focuses on gaining control over their sense of fear. To achieve this we consider the thought patterns underpinning the fear to identify the unhelpful and harmful elements which allow the trauma to relive time and time again and challenge these to encourage recovery. Contact us now to arrange an assessment Further information on PTSD

Sex Addiction

Whilst sex is a healthy and natural part of life, an addiction to sex or hypersexual behaviour can bring about uncontrollability which may prove harmful. Sex addiction is not only limited to actual sex, but may also involve masturbation, pornography, paying for sex and online sexual activity. Just like a drug or alcohol addiction, sexual fulfilment produces highs and lows. Following the high of a sexual act, many addicts experience the low feelings of shame, remorse and regret. These feels can lead to long-term relationship and intimacy issues as well as financial, social, physical and professional problems. Our CBT therapists will help in discovering the specific problems surrounding the addiction and explore the thinking which drives them. We work collaboratively with our clients to effect change in a positive and manageable way. Contact us now to arrange an assessment Further information on sex addiction

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse can range from inappropriate touching to rape. Under no circumstances is sexual abuse acceptable and is a criminal offence. The resulting emotional and physical harm to the victim of sexual abuse can be far reaching and destructive. We always recommend that anyone who has experienced abuse of this type should speak to their GP or a specialist agency about the experience before entering therapy in order that the fullest guidance is received before the journey of exploration begins. When a client is ready to enter therapy we understand the difficult nature of the subject and will work at the pace of the client so that the client experiences no further pressure. Sexual abuse affects people in different ways, and our treatment planning is uniquely designed to meet the specific goals of the client. These may be as simple as working towards talking about the experience or preparing to disclose the experience to family or officials. We will create and maintain an environment of safety and will journey collaboratively with the client to achieve their desired goal with minimal upset. In some cases, clients may wish to work deeper on their experience by exploring their beliefs about the event and work towards desensitisation and reprocessing of the event. The treatment during such work can take time and is mutually agreed between the client and therapist throughout therapy. Contact us now to arrange an assessment Further information on sexual abuse

Sexual Problems

Sexual problems are often difficult to discuss with family and friends. The intimate nature of the problem can often carry judgement and embarrassment and has the power to ruin relationships and destroy self-confidence and self-worth. There are many factors which can cause a sexual problem such as physical, psychological, emotional and environmental factors. Sexual problems are far more common than people would admit and many problems are resolved relatively easily. We understand the sensitive nature of sexual problems and at Empathy Rooms we will not judge you or increase the emotional discomfort you may be feeling. We will listen and help you work towards achieving your goal in a sensitive and respectful way. Contact us now to arrange an assessment Further information on sexual problems

Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is one of the most common disorders of its type. When faced with social gatherings or interactions the sufferer my feel judged, embarrassed or inferior. The strength of the feelings attached to social anxiety can prevent the sufferer from engaging socially and causes them to be avoidant of social situations. This can impact on the sufferer’s social and professional life, as well as their life at home with their family and if left untreated it can develop into depression. We work with our clients in discovering the cause of anxiety and the meaning attached to it. Through the use exposure exercises, desensitisation and healthier thinking, we’ll help you overcome you anxiety and break the cycle of worry Contact us now to arrange an assessment Further information on social anxiety

Stress

Almost everyone will experience a degree of stress throughout their lifetime. Whilst a moderate amount of stress can sometimes prove motivational, prolonged periods of stress can be damaging. Stress can be applied internally by our self or externally by others and in many cases by both simultaneously. The effects of stress differ greatly from person to person, but if left untreated can lead to illness. In life we have many contributing facts which generate stress including, relationships, work, family and money. And stress can be directly linked to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as smoking, drinking, drug abuse and risky behaviour. While these coping mechanisms provide a quick fix, the additional harm imposed on the body is severe and the stress is usually only avoided temporarily. We understand how destructive stress can be and we work with our clients in establishing long lasting techniques and treatments which can reduce and limit the return of stress in the future. Contact us now to arrange an assessment Further information on Stress

Our Philosophy

We’re passionate about improving the mental health of us all. Regardless of Age, Race, Sexuality, Gender, Religion or Disability. We all deserve to live with a healthier, happier mind and we strive to be the best therapists we can. We engage with the latest treatments to provide the best quality services for our clients, and we’re proud to be talking about mental health.

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