The Turvey Centre
The Turvey Centre was established in 1992 by Gregory van der Kleij and Dr. Terry Lear, and is situated in the grounds of Turvey Abbey. The monastery provides a peaceful setting for the Therapy Centre which is a non-religious organization, and all are welcome. As well as providing psychotherapy services, the Centre also hosts the Turvey Foundation Course in Group Analysis.
The psychotherapy services we offer are informed by psychodynamic and group-analytic theory, and are aimed towards facilitating personal growth and change:
- Group Analytic Psychotherapy
- Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Couple Psychotherapy
- Family Therapy
- Trauma Counselling
Group-Analytic Psychotherapy was initiated in the 1940s by Dr S H Foulkes and developed by the Institute of Group Analysis. It is based on the view that deep and lasting change can occur within a carefully constituted group whose combined membership reflects wider society.
The group provides a supportive and challenging opportunity for individuals to explore past and present difficulties, and to understand themselves and their relationships more deeply, in order to change unfulfilling aspects of their lives. The group consists of up to eight members, meeting weekly with a conductor, usually on a weekday from 7pm - 8.30pm.
Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy involves meeting with a therapist to try to make sense of current psychological or relationship difficulties, to promote insight and understanding as a catalyst for change and growth. The psychotherapist offers a secure and confidential relationship in which current difficulties and unhappiness can be explored, in the context of one's whole life experience.
Couples Psychotherapy is conducted by two co-therapists, usually meeting every 2-4 weeks. The meeting provides a safe space for couples to address their difficulties together, develop a better understanding of each other, and explore ways forward for their relationship.
Family Therapy is conducted by two co-therapists and involves meeting the whole family to explore current difficulties. The focus is on the family-as-a-whole pooling their resources to think about how each member can contribute towards a better quality of family life. Meetings are usually every 2-4 weeks.
Trauma Counselling and Debriefing is available to individuals, families, staff teams and organisations. We provide a consultation service and develop our interventions to meet individual needs and circumstances.
Other Services we provide are:
- Clinical Supervision of individual and group psychotherapy
- Consultations to organisations and staff teams
- Staff support groups, process groups and facilitated away days
- Training - short courses, study days, seminars
Training, qualifications & experience
The Practice consists of a group of 7 Clinical Staff who are all qualified Psychotherapists and Group Analysts registered with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). They have in addition, varied professional backgrounds in Psychiatry, Social Work, Mental Health Nursing and Education; and wide experience in NHS Mental Health Services, Specialist Prison and Personality Disorder Services, Social Services and Child Protection work.
The clinical team have between them, many years of experience of therapeutic work with individuals, couples, families and groups and have expertise and experience in providing training, clinical supervision and consultations to individuals, staff teams and organisations.
The clinical team has a breadth and depth of expertise in working with adults who have experienced childhood and other trauma, individuals who have long-standing relationship, sexual and personality difficulties (including those who have committed criminal offences), and people who are experiencing a whole range of psychological and emotional symptoms and disturbance.
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Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Social Anxiety
Concessions offered for
We attempt to be as accessible as possible and not make finances the deciding factor in whether people engage with our service. We operate a sliding scale of payment terms which depend on the individual’s financial circumstances and income. Our full fee is currently £55.00 per session for individual psychotherapy and £100 per month for group psychotherapy.
Monday - Friday, day time and evening appointments. From April 2020 We are offering remote sessions online via zoom and phone telephone sessions.
Individuals can refer themselves for psychotherapy or be referred by another professional. We ask people to write a brief description of their difficulties from which we can decide which member of the team may be best suited to offer an initial assessment meeting. These initial meetings usually last for 1 ½ hours and are aimed at getting a full picture of the issues and difficulties as well as ascertaining whether the person will be able to benefit from the services we provide. This includes thinking about whether individual, group, couple or family therapy would be most beneficial. It may be necessary to meet more than once before deciding on the best way forward.
Fee for Initial Assessment meeting: £85.00