Since opening in late 2017 , we have been inundated with requests from the local community for support , therapy and guidance. This is in spite of us having never advertised our services. It became apparent to us that there is a currently lack of resources for such support within our community.
The NHS has extensive waiting lists of up to 18 months, meaning that those who cannot afford private therapy are left behind and vulnerable people are left to struggle, leaving them at much greater risk. This process is of course much more complicated for those who are currently experiencing symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression.
In light of this LCCC has a commitment to two different strategies ; affordable therapy and educational opportunities. As it currently stands , we work with individuals on a case by case basis to discuss their circumstances and then to work with them according to their budget. The maximum that we currently charge for a single therapy session is £30. For those who cannot currently afford such a fee , we have a limited number of therapists dedicated to offer their services for as little as £5-£15 as well as some on a pro bono basis.
On top of this is we have around 20-25 resident student therapists who work with clients for a maximum of £10 per session . These students are integral to our second strategy which is the advancement of education in the field of mental health.
We firmly believe that education and collaboration are central to processes of recovery . For this reason , we run a number of low-cost training modules and peer support opportunities to help therapists gain or build upon their existing skills in a variety of therapeutic modalities. These courses are available to the public and so far we have provided experiential learning workshops addressing such themes as; self esteem, mindfulness, anxiety, low-mood, depression. We firmly believe that education and collaboration are central to processes of recovery. For this reason , we run a number of low-cost training modules and peer support opportunities to help therapists gain or build upon their existing skills in a variety of therapeutic modalities. These courses are available to the public and so far we have provided experiential learning workshops addressing such themes as self esteem, mindfulness, anxiety, low-mood, depression .
Our long term vision is to provide opportunities for therapists to grow their private practice autonomously whilst using the centre as their base . This is a safe environment with ample peer support. We hope that this will be reflected in the ways in which it could also be used by the local community.
What is CBT?
CBT is a here and now therapy that is goal orientated. CBT facilitates connection between thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical sensations on a moment to moment basis by exploring how these may be influenced by past experiences . The rationale behind this is that our interpretation of thoughts impacts upon on our emotional wellbeing and behaviours in the present moment. Central to this is becoming aware of prominent patterns and themes to identify unhelpful or restrictive beliefs . Fundamentally this practice increases an awareness of our thinking processes and proceeds to explore how these may be influenced towards a more integrated and healthy experience.
Therapy and the Therapeutic Relationship
Everybody needs to be heard and understood. This principle lies at the core of all therapeutic relationships . We facilitate an environment that nurtures relationships in which people can express their authentic selves and establish healing connections with others. We make it possible for you to talk openly about how you feel in a non judgemental space to allow progress to be made beyond the things that currently hold you back. Healing cannot take place in isolation and we endeavour to provide a context in our community that make such healing alliances both possible and accessible.
Education and Self Awareness Classes
Education is fundamental to growth within us and our communities. We provide lots of opportunities for skills, strategies and tactics to be explored on a more psycho-educational level .This is not just for those who wish to pursue a Career in therapy but is designed to help everyone gain a better understanding of the theory behind our therapeutic practices so that they may apply this to their own live’s and relationships on a deeper level. Learning together in a group environment is wonderful for the enhancement of both self esteem and confidence . This will help to advance our principles of solidarity and care beyond the centre itself into our local community.
Therapy is fundamentally a collaborative process and sharing experiences with others helps us to understand that our suffering does not exist in isolation. A group environment facilitates the exchange of skills and strategies between a diverse range of Perspectives and applications. This builds skills that will allow us to relate to others healthily in a social context beyond a one to one exchange. Establishing connections between our own experiences and those of others is inherently healing and provides cohesion and interpersonal skills between all of us regardless of our differences.
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