• group therapy
• individual therapy
• anger management
• eating disorders
• family issues
Group and individual therapy in Herts & Bucks
Would you benefit from therapy?
You’re unsettled, uneasy and unhappy. Not sure what to do but know you want to talk to someone. So who do you turn to? Best friend, family, GP or agony aunt?
Why not call Neil Palmer today for a confidential first visit and see if therapy is your sort of thing.
Go on, call 07766 767414.
Why group therapy
Although perhaps a little daunting at first, a group offers an excellent opportunity for exploring a variety of emotional issues - a chance to gain insight about ourselves.
Over time, group members can learn a lot about themselves in an atmosphere of trust and confidentiality. Usually, groups are up to eight people and meet once a week, or more frequently if desired.
One-to-one meetings are clearly more personal and can be arranged at a mutually convenient time and as frequently as required.
Therapeutic factors in group therapy
Therapeutic change is a complex process, but the following factors are particularly important...
• Discovering and accepting previously unknown or unacceptable parts of myself
• Being able to say what was bothering me instead of holding it in
• Other members honestly telling me what they think of me
Self understanding is the goal most people will say is their primary reason for undergoing therapy. The basis for this is to learn something important from your behaviour - why you behave the way you do and how you got there, your assumptions, motivations and fantasies.
Benefits of group therapy
• Acceptance - sense of belonging and being valued
• Universality - discover you are not unique with your problems
• Altruism - satisfaction in being able to help others in the group
• Hope - sense of optimism about the potential to benefit from treatment
• Guidance - useful advice, suggestions, explanation and instruction
• Vicarious learning - observe the therapeutic experience of fellow group members
• Self understanding - learn about yourself through feedback or interpretation
• Interpersonal - attempt to relate constructively and adaptively within the group
• Self disclosure - reveal highly personal information to the group
• Catharsis - release intense feelings, bringing sense of relief
• Existential factors - realise together the larger questions of life
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
What to expect on your first visit...
Meeting people for the first time can be disconcerting but it can also be refeshing - and sometimes it’s easier to talk to someone new.
It can also be a great weight off your shoulders - at last you’ve started to do something positive about your situation.
Before the first visit, you will have downloaded, completed and returned the questionnaire below. This contains basic personal and contact details and means that time can be spent during the first visit getting to know each other rather than filling in paperwork.
Please be assured that all information is kept in the strictest confidence and notes are kept under lock and key. A strict professional code of conduct means that no information can be given to partners, family members or employers without written permission from yourself.
Go on, call Neil Palmer now on 07766 767414
• Please download the First Visit Questionnaire
“Down that dark crevasse, I learnt that sometimes we really need each other. And that is OK. We are not designed to be islands. We are made to be connected. When we show chinks it creates bonds, and where there are bonds, there is
strength.” (Bear Grylls)
Why group therapy
What can I expect from group therapy members?
Everyone is each other’s therapist. The best way forward, to ensure the most progress in your therapy, is to be honest and open with your fellow group members.
How long will I need to attend therapy?
The aim of therapy is to give you back your own freedom of choice, so you can become self-sufficient and in charge of your life. You must give yourself time and allow any change to develop - as long as it takes.
What if I know someone else in the same group?
It really is very unlikely. But if it does occur, we would speak separately to the people involved and discuss whether they are happy to be in the same group or join another group.
Will you tell my boss or GP?
Under very strict professional standards, no information whatsoever is released to any third party without signed written permisssion from yourself.
How can I trust others not to make fun of me?
Meeting new people can be daunting but very quickly they can become allies, giving welcome and genuine support. After all, everyone is ‘in the same boat’.
How will I know if group therapy works for me?
Self understanding is the goal most people will say is their primary reason for undergoing group therapy. Over time, participants hear several points of view, learn and support each other - leading to new solutions to old problems.
“There are many ways of getting strong,
sometimes talking is the best way.” (Andre Agassi)
First visit - £20 for meeting (50 mins)
Group therapy - £30 for once weekly meeting (90 mins) payable by monthly Direct Debit
Individual therapy - £45 per meeting (50 mins
Neil has thirty four years experience helping people to be positive with their emotional health, primarily in the public sector and more recently in private practice.
He creates a comfortable, non-judgmental and confidential environment in which to explore, often leading to improved relationships, solutions to specific problems and better emotional balance. People are encouraged to talk openly, let the emotions out, share experiences... and move forward.
Neil is certified by:
Institute of Group Analysis (IGA)
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP
“We cannot solve our problems with the
same thinking we used when we created them” (Albert Einstein)
Close to the Herts and Bucks border
Loudwater Farm In a beautiful tranquil setting by the River Chess...
Loudwater Farm, Loudwater Lane, Rickmansworth WD3 4HG (download PDF directions)
Rickmansworth Conveniently, right in the middle of town...
148 High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1BA (download PDF directions)
If you wish to find out more information or would like to make a first visit, please contact Neil Palmer now on 07766 767414 or fill in the enquiry form below.
Neil Palmer 07766 767414