Private Services

We offer a two private services in clinics on Wednesday evenings. They are available to all, not just registered patients of Sett Valley Medical Centre.

Couples Counselling

Could Relationship Counselling help you?

All relationships go through difficult times. It’s how you handle those times that can make the difference between staying together and splitting up.

If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, now may be the time to consider counselling:

  • When you talk to your partner, does it feel as though you’re hitting a brick wall?
  • Do your conversations just go round and round in never-ending circles?
  • After you’ve talked, do you feel frustrated and confused?
  • Do you find that you can’t talk for more than a few minutes without it turning into a shouting match?
  • Are you afraid that, if you bring up a certain subject, things will get even worse?
  • Do you feel that there is nothing left to say?

What can you expect from Relationship Counselling

First, and most importantly, you will not be judged. Whether you are married or in a partnership, living together or not, gay or straight, separated, divorced or divorcing, you are welcome to come for an initial counselling session, where we will discuss whether couple counselling is the best way forward for you at the moment.

If we decide to carry on, you can then expect to come for several more sessions before reviewing whether the counselling seems to be helpful. Counselling sessions will normally (but not necessarily) be weekly.

Each counselling session will last for about 50 minutes. We will plan to use the early sessions to explore your current situation, including the problems that you have, how you came to this point, and where you want to go from here.

Over time we will move on to look in greater depth at possible underlying causes which may be preventing you from changing things, and finally, using this new understanding, look at ways that you may be able use your strengths and resources to improve things.

Possible Results of Relationship Counselling

The result that most people are hoping for when they come for couple counselling is that their relationship will improve, making it possible for them to stay together.

This often happens, but there are other possibilities. It may be that, despite the counselling, nothing changes; in this case they may decide that, even so, there is enough that is good about the relationship to make it worth staying together. Alternatively, if nothing changes, they may decide to split up.

Some people have already decided, before they come for counselling, to separate. If this is the case, or if they reach this conclusion as a result of counselling, counselling can also help in achieving a calmer, more carefully considered, separation.

Can one person have Relationship Counselling?

Relationship counselling is generally more effective if both members of the couple attend together. However, if only one partner wants, or is able, to come, there are a lot of things that they may be able to sort out on their own.

If you are a patient at Sett Valley Medical Centre, you are entitled to come as an individual to see the Practice Counsellor free of charge, by asking your doctor to refer you.

If you are not a patient at Sett Valley, you can still come for individual relationship counselling by paying for a private consultation.

Private Consultation

The fee for a session of relationship counselling (individual or couple) is £45.00.

Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, where you are aware of what is going on around you, but you are in a deeply relaxed state – a trance, where mental stress and bodily tension are reduced.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the utilisation of the altered state of awareness to channel untapped resources of the unconscious mind to achieve change.

In a relaxed state, the mind is usually more open to the process of change.

Hypnotherapy does not impose behaviour with which a person would not normally agree, but it does support and reinforce changes, which have been consciously considered and decided to be desirable.

What is Advanced Hypnotherapy?

Advanced hypnotherapy is based on the work of the late Dr Milton H Erikson, the American psychiatrist and psychotherapist who pioneered modern hypnosis. It also includes the developed approaches of applied psychology, such as neurolinguistic programming.

It takes into account the special individual characteristics of each person, rather than trying to fit them into a rigidly defined system.

Note: hypnotherapy is not a substitute for orthodox medical care for people with medical problems. Patients who are undergoing medical treatment should remain in the care of their physicians whilst undergoing hypnotherapy.

If you have a physical problem, please consult your doctor first, in case medical attention is necessary.

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is the treatment of psychological disorders by psychological methods. This may be by suggestion, persuasion, hypnosis, behavioural modification, non-directive encounter (counselling) or psychoanalysis.

What can hypnotherapy and psychotherapy help with?

It can help with:

  • life coaching
  • stress management
  • confidence and self-esteem building
  • anxiety
  • alcohol problems
  • insomnia
  • time management
  • motivation
  • performance enhancement
  • treatment of phobias
  • weight management
  • smoking
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • mild to moderate depression


A 50 Minute session costs £55.00 (smoking cessation is a double appointment).

Further information

For further information, please ask reception.