Over 18s Services & Support

Getting Started With 5 Easy Steps

Getting started with our services is easy! Follow the steps below or feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, need any more information or need to check out something with us. We are here to help! Even if you are not sure what type of therapy or support you want or need, don't worry - we will discuss this via email or in-person at the Assessment Session.

Please see the help and support we can provide both individuals and groups in the 'Services and Support' section below. More information about our qualifications, therapists, counsellors and experience can be found in the 'About' section. If you are looking for Professional Services, such as membership clubs, clinical supervision, training, consultancy etc. please refer to the 'For Professionals & Organisations' section.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is an evidence-based approach which has been proven to work effectively in overcoming problems and challenging situations in the here and now and in the past.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is a form os psychotherapy that is recommended by The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E.) as a treatment for anxiety, depression, OCD, phobias, acute stress, PTSD, eating disorders and is very helpful in the treatment of many other problems/conditions. The key basics of CBT therapy are:


  • CBT is a systems approach based on the 5-factor model. This means that you and your therapist explore and talk through your thoughts, feelings, behaviours, physical sensations and environment/situation and discuss how these influence each other to maintain your concerns and problems. Click 'Read More' below for more information about CBT Therapy.

Counselling/Humanistic/Person-Centred Approach

Counselling allows you to discuss problems and difficult feelings in a safe, confidential environment. Counselling is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives or explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth. The basics of counselling are:


  • You will be encouraged to talk about what's bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking.
  • The therapist will create a plan of action to either help you reconcile your issues or help you find ways of coping.
  • Counselling is tailored to you individually to improve your quality of life and help you address the concerns and problems you are facing.
  • Common concerns, issues and problems that can be addressed. within counselling include: eating disorders; depression; low mood; anxiety; relationship issues; addictions; bereavement; trauma; work-related issues; bullying; and much more. Click 'Read More' below for more information about Counselling.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy

SFBT is a goal-oriented, collaborative approach to psychotherapy and change that focuses on addressing what the client wants to achieve without exploring the past of history of their problem(s). Some of the basic key principles of SFBT are:


  • By helping clients to identify positive directions for change in their life and to attend to changes currently in process they wish to continue, the therapist will support the client to construct a concrete vision of a preferred future for themselves.
  • SFBT is based on solution-building rather than problem-solving.
  • One way of understanding SFBT is MECSTAT: Miracle questions, Exception questions, Coping questions, Scaling questions, Time-out, Accolades and Task.  Click 'Read More' below for more information.

Integrative Therapy-Human Givens Approach

Human Givens  is an integrative appraoch to psychotherapy and counselling. It involves the client and therapist identifying why you are experiencing your current difficulties  and what can be done about it. Some of the basic key principles of Human Givens are:


  • It applies current developments in neuroscience and psychological research cobined with psychological interventions, education and direct practical help.
  • Therapy is tailored to each individual client.
  • The focus is to help each client develop their own 'toolbox' tailored to them and their individual difficulties and concerns and that target your own needs and requirements
  • Click 'Read More' below for more information.

Stress Managment Therapy/Coaching

If you feel stressed out by modern life, you're not alone! Stress has major health consequences and diminishes our ability to enjoy life. Stress Management Therapy/Coaching is ideally suited to helping you cope with and reduce stress. Some of the basic key principles of Stress Management Therapy/Coching are:


  • During sessions, you will develop strategies and techniques that will help you to take control of the stress in your life.
  • You will learn to both manage and reduce stress so you can achieve improved psychological, emotional and physical health, as well as an improved quality of life.
  • Your therapist will assist you in learning and developing new skills and techniques that you can use at any time in your life and across many situations to both manage, and reduce, stress. Click 'Read More' below for more information.

Clinical Hypnotherapy

Clinical Hypnotherapy uses advances methods of hypnosis and other techniques to treat a variety of medical, physical and psychological problems or change habits. Some of the basic key principles of Clinical Hypnotherapy are:

  • It can be used to treat a wide range of issues and concerns such as fears, phobia,s anxiety, stress, panic attacks, lack of self-confidence and more. It can also be used for physical conditions such as pain and IBS.
  • Sessions are generally tailored to each client's needs and concerns.
  • You are not asleep or 'knocked' out when under hypnosis. You are fully in control at all times.
  • Click 'Read More' below for more information.

Rewind Trauma Therapy Technique

The Rewind Trauma Therapy Technique is an internationally recognised treatment for phobias, PTSD and anxiety. It is a short-term therapy offered across 1-3 intensive sessions. Some other points to note are:


  • This form of treatment allows closure without disclosure.
  • it can help reduce, and in some cases, remove: flashbacks; intrusive thoughts or images; nightmares, intense distress at real or imagined reminders of the trauma; physical sensations such as pain, sweating, nausea or trembling.
  • This treatment can provide quicker results to those experiencing trauma.
  • Please click 'Read More' below for more information on the Rewind Trauma Therapy Technique.

Personal/Life Coaching

Coaching aims to empower you to make, meet and exceed personal and professional goals including: accomplishing work targets; becoming happy and fulfilled at home, exploring self and the world; achieving ambitions; and much more. Coaching:

  • Proposes the idea that clients must be given the power to help themselves.
  • Provides you with tools and techniques to confidently face difficult situations, push past emotional barriers and eventually view life from a new and more hopeful, perspective.
  • Sessions are typically for a specific duration (e.g. 8 weeks) and involves a partnership between you and your therapist/coach who will encourage you to explore how to make positive changes in life. Support and feedback are offered to help you to stay focused on your goals. Click 'Read More' below for more information about Coaching.

Group Therapy

Group Therapy is a type of psychological therapy that takes place within a group of people rather than one-on-one with just one other person (i.e. the therapist). COMING SOON!


Group Therapy and one-to-one therapy are alike in many ways and have similar aims. However, during Group Therapy, therapists make use of group dynamics to achieve these aims in a different way. Here's more details about Group Therapy:


  • Groups are run by at least two qualified psychotherapists/counsellors who have experience of facilitating groups and group-work.
  • Takes place weekly/fortnightly (for 2 hours), at the same time, with the same members, for a particular period of time (e.g. 6 weeks). Click 'Read More' below for more information.

Integrative Psychotherapy/Therapy

Integrative Therapy draws from various therapeutic approaches, allowing us to tailor therapy to each individual client as much as we can.

Integrative Therapy incorporates elements, ideas and tools from, for instance: general counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, person-centred approaches, behavioural activation, dialectical behavioural therapy, stress management therapy, mindfulness, schema therapy, compassion focused therapy, transactional analysis, lifestyle coaching and elements of other approaches. The key basics of Integrative Therapy are:

  • There's no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Therapy and counselling must be tailored to your individual needs and personal circumstances. Click 'Read More' below for more information about Integrative Therapy

Existential/Exploratory Therapy/Counselling

Existential and Exploratory Therapy and Counselling often centres on you rather than on the symptoms you are experiencing. This form of therapy and counselling highlights your capacity to make rational choices and to develop you to your maximum potential. The basics of Existential and Exploratory Therapy and Counselling are:


  • This therapeutic approach focuses on concepts that are universally applicable to human existence including death, freedom, responsibility and the meaning of life.
  • It facilitates the process of development and maturation through a philosophical exploration of your experience while stressing your freedom and responsibility to facilitate a higher degree of meaning and well-being in your life.
  • Existential therapists and counsellors seek to avoid restrictive models that categorise or label people.  Click 'Read More' below for more information about Existential Therapy and Counselling.

Couples Counselling & Relationship Therapy

There are often lots of myths and stereotypes surrounding this type of therapy and counselling and what it involves.  Some of the basic key principles of Couples Counselling and Relationship Therapy are:


  • Clients come to Couples Counselling and Relationship Therapy for many different reasons and at different stages of their relationship being a problem.
  • Some might want to look at past relationships that have already ended. Some want to attend therapy, as a couple, to address some of the things that might have caused a rupture in their relationships. Others attend to explore friendships, relationships with parents or other family members or trust issues they have.
  • Therapy can be short-term or long-term and will depend on what you, as an individual, or as a couple, wish to achieve from sessions. Click 'Read More' below for more information.

Grief and Bereavement Counselling

Grief and loss is complicated. We can also experience grief, loss and feelings of bereavement for lots of different things: it's not just in response to the loss of a loved one.  Some of the basic key principles of Grief and Bereavement Counselling  are:


  • It can help you cope wiht loss, whatever type of loss that may be. Your therapist will help you understand your grief and feelings of bereavement and help ypu to develop strategies and helpful tools to ease the grieving process
  • Your therapist can help support you through difficult times. There's no pressure; no expectations; no hurry. Sessions go at your pace and we focus on what you need to focus on right now.
  • Click 'Read More' below for more information.

Systemic and Family Therapy

CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE Systemic and Family Therapy seeks to address people not only on the individual level, but also as people in relationships, dealing with the interactions of groups and their interactional patterns and dynamics. Some of the basic key principles are:

  • Can involve anyone in the family including parents and children, siblings, grandparents, partners, husbands/wives, friends and carers/supporters.
  • Effects change within the context of the individual’s life rather than expecting someone to change while those around want everything to stay the same
  • Sessions are flexible and can be short, medium or long-term.  Click 'Read More' below for more information.

Online and Email Therapy & Counselling

Therapy (or e-therapy) is a relatively new development in mental health and psychotherapy. Therapists provide emotional and psychological support in real-time (via the audio videoconferencing platform, Zoom) and therapy can be accessed in the comfort of your home. We can also provide Email Therapy and Counselling. The basic principles are:


  • The main difference between online and face-to-face therapy is that Online Therapy and Support are provided online. The same working agreements, confidentiality, privacy procedures, boundaries etc. also apply to Online Therapy.
  • It offers a sense of anonymity for those who feel that this is important when accessing therapy.
  • It can be long-term or short-term and depends on each individual and the problems being addressed. We go at YOUR pace! Click the 'Read More' button below for more information.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma Therapy recognises that everyone’s experience of trauma is different. There are lots of different types of traumatic experience and what impacts one person may not impact another. We are all different and the focus of therapy is on your unique and individual experience(s). Trauma Therapy also: 


  • Aims to understand how traumatic experiences impacts on the person's psychological, emotional, physical social, occupational, behavioural and spiritual actions well-being.
  • You will also leanr practical strategies and coping tools to help you address and cope with what you have experienced.
  • Please click 'Read More' below for more information on Trauma Therapy.

Dietitian and Nutrition Services

We also provide access to a hightly qualified and experienced dietician and nutritionist to those who are also looking for dietetic and nutritional support in addition to psychotherapy, counselling and mental health support.

  • Dietetic support is only offered alongside psychotherapy, CBT and counselling services. You must be seeing a therapist here (or elsewhere) to access dietetic services at GADs. Your dietitian and therapist will work with you, at your pace, to move towards the goals you want to work on now, at your pace.
  • Dietitian and Nutrition appointments are all currently online.
  • Click on the 'Read More' button for more information about what dietetic and nutritional services we can offer you.

Personal Development/Self-Help Classes

We provide various Personal Development and Self-Help Classes. These are open to anyone over 16 years old. Many Classes and Workshops focus on 'Psychoeducation' (more information in the Information Sheet below).


Classes help you grow and develop your ability to plan, develop and work towards goals. Goals may include: reducing anxiety; increasing self-esteem; improving confidence; challenging negative thoughts; making changes; addressing emotional or mental health difficulties; self-awareness; and much more.


  • Classes are theoretically and experientally based on ideas from psychology, CBT and psychotherapy. Please click 'Read More' below for more information on the Classes and Workshops offered.