a little bit about


Counselling and psychotherapy are commonly called ‘talking therapies’. At icap we offer counselling and psychotherapy. We use the term ‘therapy’ to refer to all the therapeutic work we do.

Having therapy can help you find new and better ways of dealing with difficult experiences and distressing situations. Therapy offers you a safe space to explore your thoughts and feelings. It happens at a regular time each week with the same therapist.

One in four of us will experience mental health problems at some time. Just as we would seek medical help for a physical health problem, therapy can help us to understand and deal with emotional problems.

We are committed to ensuring that people who come to icap receive the best possible service.

We recognise that many factors shape our life experiences such as where we were born, our sexual orientation, class, disabilities and so on. We take account of this in our work with you.

All our therapists are fully qualified and have at least three years post-qualification experience. They are all accredited members of professional organisations for Counselling and Psychotherapy. These organisations include: the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

In all of our work, we subscribe to standards of professional and ethical conduct set by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

What do our therapists say about us?

Many of the clients we work with have been let down by others throughout their life experiencing abuse, discrimination, loss and other painful and distressing events, often with roots in early life events. This may make it difficult to trust, and part of the work of therapy is to enable clients to gradually build up a sense of belief and trust in the world again, working at their own pace and in their own way. We aim to facilitate this by creating a respectful space to allow people to grow and develop, building on their strengths and abilities which may not initially be evident particularly to themselves. This can be slow delicate work particularly with people who have been most hurt. It is important to acknowledge how difficult this can be and to be aware it can take time and patience all of which must be built into the work and the developing relationship between icap, the therapist and the client.
Sheila Hegarty
icap therapist