RP Therapies

 

RP Therapies is a clinical health psychology practice providing one-to-one therapy, clinical supervision, training, and consultation.

I met with owner and clinical psychologist Roz, to find out more.

 

Helping overcome challenges

“At RP therapies, I help adult clients address and overcome a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, and trauma. I also specialise in managing sleep issues, and physical health conditions, with a particular interest in long-term pain.” said Roz. “This is mainly through individual therapy sessions. I draw on several therapeutic models, including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and EMDR (a specialist trauma therapy which can be used for a wide range of issues).

 

More on those later. Let’s start with Roz’s background.

 

Wealth of experience

“I’ve been working in the field of psychology for many years now as a clinical psychologist. Previously working in the NHS, in several specialist areas, for a large part in physical health psychology departments within general hospitals. In 2017, I began to develop my private practice, and eventually moved entirely to working for myself. This new way of working fitted well with my personal and family commitments.”

 

Rewarding work

“The flexibility that comes with working with private clients was a key driver for me starting RP Therapies. Initially, working part-time gave me the opportunity to train in EMDR. EMDR is a bit different from other talking therapies. However the results can be extremely effective for clients. It’s very rewarding to be able to help clients in such a significant way. The business has grown, and there is demand, so I now work almost full-time, although this varies.  It was a big decision to move into private practice, and I have made the most of it. The flexibility has given me a good work/life balance, allowing a little time for self-care. Things I am often talking to clients about! Not only does my work make a difference to clients’ lives, but I am also practising what I preach!”

 

Let’s hear about the different therapy models.

 

It’s good to talk

“Therapy is a professional, supportive relationship where client and therapist meet regularly to explore difficulties. Sessions last around an hour. The objective is to provide a space to reflect on and make sense of concerns. Sometimes it’s the only space where someone can feel fully heard. Client and therapist work together towards finding strategies and solutions, and ways to improve well-being. This can significantly improve quality of life. CBT is a practical talking therapy. Issues are explored usually in the present, sometimes in the past. By understanding feelings, thinking and behaviours, ways to address those issues are found. Closely related to CBT, ACT aims to build psychological flexibility, a new relationship with thoughts and feelings, and move towards ‘values’ – what really matters to the client. EMDR was developed for treating trauma and PTSD. It has also been applied to a range of other difficulties with significant success.”

 

What kind of issues does Roz commonly help clients with?

 

Addressing a range of issues

“Engaging in therapy can take a lot of courage. So it’s important to find a therapist the client feels comfortable with. It is different for everyone, but therapy can make such a big difference. Clients might have anxiety, depression, sleep problems or other issues for some time, then something moves them to seek help. Sometimes it’s a more recent experience that brings someone to therapy. For example, a car accident leaving them feeling fearful and avoidant of driving. This can be a source of great difficulty both emotionally and practically. I also specialise in long-term pain, and as part of my role, work into groups with multi-disciplinary colleagues, and offer CBT, ACT and EMDR for pain. These approaches can help with long-term physical pain and reducing the negative impact of the pain on the person and their life. Sometimes the physical symptom of pain itself can be improved.”

 

Focus on sleep

“I have a special interest in helping people with sleep issues. Often there are psychological factors triggering and maintaining the problem. Even if a client comes along for help with a different issue, it’s possible that sleep may be one factor that is identified as contributing and can be addressed alongside others. We treat the whole person rather than one ‘problem’ in isolation. Where someone comes along for help with sleep specifically, I’ll assess the problem, and might recommend sleep hygiene strategies. Or address psychological factors, such as underlying stress, which may be maintaining the problem. Occasionally signposting to other services may be able helpful. CBT, ACT and EMDR may all have a part to play in helping improve sleep.”

 

What ways can people access therapy?

 

Quality of life

“The benefits of accessing private therapy include the absence of long waiting lists and the choice clients have in selecting a therapist they have a good fit with. Along with, in some cases, being able to access the type of therapy that appeals to them most. If I have no availability, I can signpost to colleagues or directories to find a suitable alternative.  People look at investing in therapy as investing in themselves, the people they care about, and their quality of life. Many clients fund their own therapies. Others are funded by health insurance providers, or via insurance settlements after road traffic or workplace accidents. Others are funded by employers who recognise the importance of staff well-being in their organisation.”

 

Roz is a registered health professional, and as such adheres to a strict code of ethical practice.

 

Professionalism

“Therapy itself is guided not only by professional judgement, but also by research and evidence-based practice. Often, NICE guidelines set out recommendations and guidelines for several conditions, such as suitable therapies and number of sessions. Clients can use sessions as a safe, confidential place to explore and work on on-going difficulties. They may complete the episode of therapy and go off to consolidate the work they have done. Often clients come back for a further episode later. Sometimes for an occasional “top-up” session to revise what helped before, and to maintain and build on positive change. This prevents clients feeling like they are becoming dependent on therapy over a long period of time. Whilst also giving a feeling of support being available to tap into when needed.”

 

There are benefits for local businesses too.

 

Support for local businesses

“Workplace therapy, and/or access to psycho-education groups, online materials, and training can improve well-being and performance. Not just for the individual, but their wider systems including the workplace.  Evidence strongly supports that workplace interventions can help improve performance, productivity, and efficiency, reduce sickness absence, and increase staff retention.  Some of the topics available include stress in the workplace, sleep issues, interpersonal relationships at work, communication, and assertiveness skills. I’m open to dialogue with local employers who may have specific needs for their organisations.  Consultancy, training and/or individual therapy for employees could address those needs.”

 

As always, to conclude the interview, I asked Roz what made her choose the park.

 

Convenient for clients

“When I built RP Therapies, I looked at various options. Somewhere that was convenient to access was a priority and the space that Mark showed me fitted the bill!  Clients comment on how my room is a relaxed, comfortable and welcoming space.  The park provides easy access via good road networks and convenient parking. There’s access for clients with mobility issues, with a ramp into the building. My room and disabled access facilities are all on the ground floor. Colleagues from Connect2Education and North Yorkshire Physiotherapy signpost to me. As I do to them. It is helpful having a professional network on the doorstep. It’s great that there are friendly faces and people to have a chat with in passing. So important when you work mainly on your own! Local business networking group Thirsty Thursday are based here. I’ve previously spoken at one of their events.”

 

Get in touch

Individuals looking for support can contact Roz on info@rptherapies.co.uk Roz will arrange a mutually convenient time for a brief phone conversation to find out more. From there you can decide if her service is for you. Businesses wishing to find out more about what Roz may be able to offer can also get in touch by email to arrange a time to discuss their needs. Roz is open to suggestions about what she may be able to help businesses with.

RP Therapies can be found at Office 5, Unit 2 Roseberry Court, Terry Dicken Business Park, Ellerbeck Way, Stokesley, TS9 5QT Email info@rptherapies.co.uk

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