The Swansea Psychotherapy Partnership (SPP) was formed in 2012 by 5 UKCP affiliated psychotherapists in Swansea. Our aim was to work together to raise the profile of accredited psychotherapy throughout Swansea and the Swansea Bay area and strengthen networks and and partnerships with health professionals.
By working together we hope that we can make trusted, high quality psychotherapy more accessible and help you to find the right psychotherapist for you.
We set up as a limited company, number 12480108, in 2020 to support our aspirations to do more activities including training, networking events in the area
Psychotherapy helps people to understand and change patterns of thinking feeling and behaving that cause distress in their lives. It can be beneficial for anyone wanting to make some changes in their lives and relationships, whether or not you have a recognised mental health condition.
Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured way with someone trained to help you do it safely.
Talking to a trained counsellor or psychotherapist can alleviate the pressure of the difficult situations that we all face and help clients to work through challenging times, whilst at the same time giving you greater insight into yourself and relationships.
Psychotherapy often works at more depth than many forms of counselling. Training requires in depth personal therapy to equip psychotherapists with the empathy and understanding of the complexity of psychological processes to work at depth with more fundamental patterns of relating to ourselves and other people.
Psychotherapists working with SPP are either accredited members of the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) or trainees working towards accreditation. UKCP is the leading organisation for psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors in the UK, and regulates the profession whilst promoting access to psychotherapy for all. THE UKCP register of therapists is also accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. Visit the UKCP website →
UKC accredited psychotherapists have to meet rigorous standards for both initial masters level training and ongoing annual CPD and a solid ethical framework. Intensive personal psychotherapy is an essential requirement ensuring that therapists can work at depth with clients.
Psychotherapy can be transformative for a wide range of issues. We work with people in crisis, transition, and/or ready to look at long term patterns and issues that affect quality of life.
We work with individuals and couples.
We are experienced in working with the following issues:
- Verbal, physical and sexual abuse and neglect
- Relationship issues
- Pregnancy and childbirth (for men and women)
- Bereavement and loss
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Attention deficit disorders
- Obsessive compulsive patterns
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
We invite direct approaches from individuals and referrals via health professionals and Employee Assistance programmes (EAP’s).
We would hope and expect that psychotherapy would help you by allowing you to talk freely within in a safe and supportive relationship, making new connections and gaining deeper insight into the issues you face.
We would hope that sessions would allow you to get in touch with and express feelings, to become more confident to manage difficult feelings and fears.
By working within a unique relationship, psychotherapy can bring conscious awareness to how you habitually relate to other people and to yourself and then improve the quality of the most important relationships in your life.
By taking a mindful, safe and body-focussed approach to working with past traumas, we can support you to make sense of what has happened to you and understand the enduring effects of trauma as they are experienced within the body and our complex nervous system.
Psychotherapy can also help you to make sense of any clinical diagnoses you have had by understanding what has happened to you.
Psychotherapists working with SPP use a relational approach to talking therapy whilst also working with the body to help you manage emotion and enduring effects of trauma safely. Our approach arises from the following fundamental perspectives:
- Relationships with others is the central dynamic in human growth and development and the psychotherapeutic relationship is key to explore what it means to be in relationship with others.
- Human beings make meaning, including meaning about themselves and others, within a world of different types of relationships.
- Our patterns of relating to ourselves and others are determined by our past relationships so exploring these are key to creating change and a better future.
- A therapeutic relationship can be transformational; meaning and knowledge may be reworked within relationships.
- A person’s subjective experience is their ‘truth’ and psychotherapy must honour the client’s perspective
- Life is in continuous change and flux and we need to be able to adapt and change to make the most of our experience of being alive
- Past traumas continue to effect our ability to feel safe and stay present and connected. We understand trauma as referring to any experience of fear and/or pain that doesn’t have the support needed to digest and integrate it into our lives. Trauma leaves a legacy on the nervous system which leads people feeling chronically, or regularly unsafe. Psychotherapy, to be successful must proceed in a way which helps clients feel safe and in control of emotional processes.
We have for several years supported an Affordable Therapy Service under which psychotherapists in training provide high quality, supervised therapy at an affordable price. It provides opportunities to practice to trainees of the Welsh Psychotherapy Institute.
All WPI Psychotherapists in Training working on the affordable therapy service have completed at least two years of the Post Graduate Integrative or Gestalt Diploma in Psychotherapy Training Course, have acquired at least 100 hours of practice and are in Clinical Supervision, receiving one session of supervision for every six sessions of psychotherapy.
Prices vary according to the training and experience completed by each practitioner but are generally calculated so that they cover the costs of room hire, training, supervision and personal therapy.