FAQ

 

  • What is psychoanalytic psychotherapy?

  • Who can use this service?

  • How do I make an appointment?

  • How long will I have to wait for therapy?

  • How much should I pay?

  • Can you help me if I am not sure what is best for me?

  • How can you help me to find other types of psychological help?

  • Who is CPU responsible to?

  • Can I complain?

  • Do you provide equal opportunities?

  • Do you keep my information confidential?

  • Where can I find additional information?

 

What is psychoanalytic psychotherapy?

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy offers an opportunity to explore together with the psychotherapist your thoughts, feelings and concerns in more depth on a regular basis over a period of time.  

This process can help by providing people with a deeper understanding of many difficult states of mind.  

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy aims to try to bring about changes in how the person deals with their experiences in relation to themselves and others and help them to alleviate their emotional pain and distress.

Gaining insight into what is driving thoughts and behaviour can change how a person manages feelings, behaviour and relationships with others.

 

Who can use this service?

CPU provides psychoanalytical psychotherapy services to a range of people facing emotional difficulties, including relationship problems, depression, anxiety, social isolation, eating disorders, panic attacks and abuse, amongst others. 

We provide support to more than a hundred people each year and our aim has always been to offer psychotherapy to all those who need help.

 

How do I make an appointment? 

Either you can refer yourself, or a health professional such as your GP can make a referral.  

You will be asked to provide your full postal address so that we can send you a questionnaire to fill in.  This will help us get an idea of your difficulties before potentially arranging for you to be seen by one of our psychotherapists.  

Please call us or email the CPU administrator (cpu@vac.org.uk) who will provide you with the relevant information.

 

How long will I have to wait for therapy?

We aim to keep our waiting lists as short as possible. The waiting time for an initial consultation is usually 2 to 3 months. A recommendation is then made for one of the following (see our services for more details about the types of therapy we offer):

  • Short term psychotherapy of up to a year

  • Longer term psychotherapy of up to two years

  • Group therapy

  • We may recommend that you are referred to another agency more suited to your needs. 

 

How much should I pay?

This is something you can discuss at an initial consultation.  We ask people to pay what they are able to manage, based on their individual circumstances.  In some cases, we may be able to offer therapy free of charge.

 

Can you help me if I am not sure what is best for me?

Yes. The initial consultations aim at exploring with you in depth the nature of your difficulties and trying to formulate together a recommendation for what is best. This could include any other type of therapy or psychological and social support at CPU, or we may refer you to another another agency to find help.

 

How can you help me to find other types of psychological help?

Before finalising the consultation process, we always try to find the best place for you. This may involve making enquiries and recommendations to other agencies or individuals with whom we have professional links. We do this so that the process of finding a therapist for you is as appropriate and straightforward as possible.

 

Who is CPU responsible to?

CPU is an independent charity and is managed by a management committee. CPU is a registered charity with the Charity Commission and abides by its rules. 

 

Can I complain?

CPU has a formal complaints procedure policy. Please contact us if you want more information.

 

Do you provide equal opportunities?

CPU welcomes referrals from people over 18 regardless of race, sexuality, ethnic origin or disability.

 

Do you keep my information confidential?

All contact with CPU is confidential. We will ask for your GP details, but we will not contact them without your permission. We will discuss any difficulties you may have about giving us your GP details.

 

Where can I find additional information?

These are some of the other organisations which either offer psychotherapy themselves, provide information on how to find a psychotherapist, or provide general information on psychotherapy.