Clinical Psychology Services in Staffordshire

Here is a summary of information about the services we provide at Utopia Psychological Services. However, we understand that it is sometimes more helpful to talk with someone to find out what type of help you may benefit from. Most people are not sure whether they even need to see a psychologist.

Assessment & Therapy

Our services available to you.

Referrals

We acc​ept self-referrals as well as referrals from General Practitioners and other health, insurance and legal professionals.

Location

Our therapy room is based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 1UE.

 

Assessment

We offer specialist assessment and psychological therapy for people experiencing a range of difficulties, including:

  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Anxiety (panic, social anxiety, health anxiety, phobias, and general worry)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Trauma/ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD (inc childhood abuse, trafficking, torture, genocide and war)
  • Work based stress or vicarious trauma (e.g. Emergency services staff, humanitarian workers)
  • Family problems
  • Psychosis
  • Personality Disorders
  • Bipolar
  • Low self esteem and confidence

We have experience of working with an international client group and delivering therapy via interpreters. We are able to adapt mainstream psychological interventions and make them more cross culturally suitable. We have worked with clients with complex PTSD and other mental health difficulties from a wide range of countries including: Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Eritrea, Kenya, Libya, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Uganda, Cameroon, DRC, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Palestine, Mexico, Sudan, Egypt, Algeria and Iraq.

Therapy

We use an integrated approach to therapy, this means drawing on techniques from different models of therapy to design an individualised care plan. Some of the therapies We are able to offer are:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Dialectical-Behaviour Therapy (DBT) techniques
  • Mindfulness

We have developed a specialist interest in working with trauma and have worked with clients presenting with mild, moderate and severe PTSD.

We work holistically and are able to assess multiple difficulties at the same time. This enables us to design targeted interventions which address different needs. We are able to combine therapy and casework (e.g. housing, finance, social needs) where necessary.

Assessment & Treatment

How it works

In your first session with me I will hope to go over as much information as possible with you about the past, present and your hopes for the future. This assessment will then enable us to develop an understanding/ hypothesis (formulation) about:

1) What your current difficulties are
2) The factors in your early life that may be contributing to these difficulties
3) Any recent events which may have triggered your current problems
4) what is preventing you from getting better or reaching your goals
5) What your strengths are or what resources you have which will help you to get better
6) What your goals are

Care plan/ Treatment plan
Once we have gathered the above information we can develop a care plan or a treatment plan. This will be based on my recommendation of what psychological therapy I think would be helpful for you. This will be based on the most up to date clinical research and also on guidance from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). In drawing up this plan we would take into consideration which goals you would like to prioritise. This plan would also take into account what you are able to afford. I am able to design a psychological intervention which is brief (1-6 sessions), or medium (6-20) to longer term (20 +).